On the road with the new Kia Rio

Kia Rio The all-new Rio is offered with a 10-model line-up – which is based on four engines, three gearboxes and four trim levels, including a limited-run, luxuriously equipped ‘First Edition’ variant,

which comes with the latest connectivity packages for the modern driver - along with modern fuel efficient engines and updated suspension and steering. Thanks to these latest upgrades - the new Kia Rio now feels a lot more in tune with the driver, and the looks aren’t bad either.

Power and Efficiency
The 998cc engine is a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 118bhp and a maximum of 171- lb ft of torque, making it incredibly good at getting a move on quite quickly considering it’s an eco car. 0-60mph comes in at around 9.8 seconds and if you add in the Start/Stop system, it will at a push return over 60mpg (combined). Flat out the Rio will reach a maximum speed of 118mph.

On the Road
The new Rio handles well, and the grip levels are good – but I don’t think it’s as well planted as the cee’d though (no pun intended), but saying that it does do a pretty good job of keeping you on the road with very little fuss. The Rio also has no problems dealing with uneven surfaces and into the corners it feels well sorted out – and that’s the surprise here when you think about the cost of the Rio compared to some of its rivals.

Equipment, Safety and Technology
The interior is fresh and all the buttons and dials are clear, even if they do look a little basic in appearance. The front seats have plenty of adjustment to them; feel well made and very comfortable.

Rear leg room is also good and the boot space is fantastic. I also like the wide boot opening - this will help facilitate getting a large item inside the boot such as a pram or the weekly shopping.

Standard equipment across the range includes; air conditioning, front electric windows with an automatic function on the driver's side, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, Bluetooth, automatic light control, cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. There are also body-coloured bumpers, door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 60:40 split rear seats. A four-speaker audio system is standard and safety provisions include ESC, VSM and Hill-start Assist Control to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.

The ‘First Edition’ specification also adds; 17-inch alloys, a smart key entry system and engine start/stop button, stainless steel pedals, black and red faux leather upholstery and LED rear lights.

To sum up:
The New Rio is now the car I always wanted it to be – thanks to Kia’s clever design - and it’s willingness to give the modern motorist everything they need, but without the premium price tag. What more could you possibly want. £17,445 (as tested) OTR By Anthony Yates


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