Light Car mega-test: KIA Rio

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Kia Rio

Light Car mega-test: KIA Rio

The upshot of is the Kia Rio looks like a European car and like a hot hatch

One turn of the key is all you to see that something’s going on at The speedo needle greets you a quick wave before the light up. Fortunately, there’s substance behind this

It’s not all bright lights and view) mirrors.

If you think the new Kia Rio like a sexier version of the Polo, you get a smiley stamp class. The designer of this car to work for Volkswagen and Audi. not suggesting he took his homework him, but it’s fair to say he has inspired by his previous posting.

The of Kia’s design overhaul have been better, with improvements to quality by parent company Hyundai.

Kia is Korea’s oldest carmaker in 1944 it is even older Holden). Following bankruptcy the Asian financial crisis in Kia was very nearly taken by Ford. In the end, fellow maker Hyundai stepped in and control, and the two companies have joined at the hip ever since.

It’s an unusual relationship. and Kia share underbodies and technology – but are enemies in the showroom battle. is why it’s possible for one sibling to the other…

The Kia Rio has the same size as the Accent – a 1.6-litre – but it’s an direct injection unit a class-leading 103kW of power and fuel economy than the The upshot of all this is the Kia Rio looks a European car and drives like a hot

Kia Rio

It has slightly more weight in the than the Hyundai, slightly body control and damping the Hyundai and a more comfortable and steering position. It is also equipped than the Hyundai control, tilt and reach steering).

Of course, it’s not perfect. $500 dearer than the taking the price to $20,990 automatic transmission. And the brake on our sample car felt ordinary – and the distance from 100km/h was average compared to other we tested on the day.

The Hyundai has a boot, but at least Kia still to accommodate a full size spare.

Overall, the Kia Rio was one of the surprise packages of test and would find on or near the top of our consideration list it came time to reach a

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