Kia RIO Car Review

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The Kia Rio is all-new. Attractively designed, it is available in 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback form. The only engine for the GCC is a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder with variable-valve timing, mated to a 4-speed automatic. While mechanically basic, the Rio can be had with a host of features unseen in the sub-compact segment. Standard features include 14-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, manual a/c, CD/MP3 stereo, adjustable steering wheel, central locking, power windows, electric mirrors and only one airbag. The mid-range model gets 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, center-console armrest, fog lamps, keyless entry, USB port, Bluetooth, steering-wheel audio controls, sun-visor lights, folding mirrors with indicators and a split-folding rear seat. The top model gets rear parking sensors, leatherette-wrapped steering wheel, padded leatherette door trim, LED front running lights and tail lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, more speakers for the stereo, cruise control, cooled glove box, auto headlights, sunroof, and finally, ABS and a passenger-side airbag in addition to the driver's one. The Rio is offered in Europe and the States with full front-side-curtain airbags and stability control, and has a 5-star crash-test rating in Europe, but that model is not sold in the GCC.

It's significantly larger than the previous model. Pleasing trims and materials and reasonably good cabin refinement keep it more cheerful than the typical cost-conscious hatchback or sedan. Compared to most other small-car picks, it's a competitive package.

None of the fundamentals are missing. Good front seats, with relatively long bottom cushions for the class and long seat travel should help bring enough comfort for the commute.

The Kia Rio is reasonably good on gas, thanks to its engine's direct injection technology, and the car's rather lightweight construction in general.

The Kia Rio has never been among the top-selling subcompacts, but there are fewer and fewer reasons it shouldn't be. The latest iteration offers crisp, stylish European design; a point-perfect interior that's clean, functional, and far above economy-car standards; and agreeable, fuel-efficient powertrains. If we had to pick a single reason to put the Rio on the shopping list for budget-priced small cars, though, it'd be the snappy exterior styling.

For sure, the Rio five-door hatchback has more swagger than the four-door sedan--but the sedan isn't homely, and that's saying something among subcompacts. As good as it gets outside, the Rio's interior seems even better:

The Rio stays very composed when driven either gently or at whatever the engine can deliver. It handles remarkably well for a small, inexpensive hatchback with a basic strut and torsion-beam suspension and a short wheelbase.

The interior is a little tighter on space than other subcompacts, but pleasing trims and materials and reasonably good cabin refinement keep it more cheerful than the other choices.

It's a four-star performer in federal testing, and the usual dual front, side, and curtain airbags are standard, anti-lock brakes and stability control, as well as hill-start assist.

As a conclusion , Kia Rio is a perfect option for renting a car in Dubai. 


The views expressed in this article are the personal opinions only.


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