You’ll Look Good In Rio

Posted: January 14, 2012 in All, Kia, New Car Reviews
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Most of you might remember the ads for Rio underwear from years gone, “You can get away with anything in Rio” or “It costs less to live in Rio”. Well the same rings true for the 2011 Kia Rio. Although many might consider it just a typical shopping cart like most other hatchbacks, that couldn’t be further from the truth. On looks alone the Rio stands out from the rest following on with Kia’s aggressive styling seen in their other models with its mean looking grill and smart alloy wheels the Rio looks as though it would be more at home going sideways on a back country gravel road than trundling through a shopping mall car park. Unfortunately the performance doesn’t quite match those stunning looks, don’t get me wrong here, it’s no slouch around town and can keep up with, and surpass, most similar hatches on the open road but with such aggressive styling one can’t help but wonder if there should be a hot version for the boy racer buried deep inside of go fast freaks like myself. I can just picture one of these loaded up with advertising decals and a dust cloud tail wagging behind.

As the Rio is, it’s certainly more than capable for what current buyers will be looking for in a car of this class. A boot big enough for a trip to the garden centre, very comfortable seating for all and more than enough room for the littlies in the rear. Also plenty of bits and bobs to keep the techno savvy entertained with Bluetooth, iPod and Aux/USB inputs

A quick trip to the supermarket and there will be more than enough room in the boot for the week’s grocery lot of bread, milk, cheese and tomatoes. Fortunately with the price of the likes of the aforementioned consumables forever climbing you will be pleased when you don’t need to pull up to the petrol bowser all that often. With a claimed 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres for the 1.4 EX automatic (as tested) right down to 4.3ltr/100k for the 1.4 diesel manual and 5.3ltr/100k for the 1.4 LX ISG Manual with the super smart stop start technology. The Kia Rio range certainly is light on the wallet.

As with many new cars these days the Rio will keep you safe should the unforeseen happen with a recently awarded 5 star EuroNCAP safety rating. Which could be handy given the road toll over the Christmas break.

In the market for a comfortable 5 door daily runner that’s cheap to run and will keep you safe? Do NOT go past this one. Now, if only Kia would squeeze a two litre engine behind the smart cornering headlights, and maybe a turbo…?

‎Affordable style and comfort with prices like these! $22,990 + ORC for the base LX ISG Manual, $23,490+ORC for the LX Auto, $24,990+ORC for diesel, but I recommend the EX at $25,790+ORC with all the bells and whistles.


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