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First Drive: Kia Rio

The new Kia Rio

Has Kia done enough to their new Rio to worry rivals asks Geraldine Herbert

What is it? The new, fourth generation Kia Rio has gone on sale. This five-door, Fiesta, Polo and Clio rivaling supermini accounts for 15% of Kia’s annual sales.

First impressions of the new Kia Rio? The exterior styling of the new Rio is very similar to the older model and it’s clear that practicality has the edge over design but while the new Kia lacks some of the drama and funky appeal of rivals it is still a smart looking car.

What about the interior? Behind the wheel everything is logically laid out and there’s plenty of adjustment to help any sized driver get comfortable. There is a nice premium feel throughout and space is good front and back so there should be no complaints from passengers or luggage as there’s masses of space inside for both plus a 325 litre boot.

And on the road?  There are three engine choices one 1.2 (85hp) petrol engine and two 1.4 diesel units (77hp and 90hp) .The 100hp one litre turbo petrol engine will follow later in the year. The diesels are the most economical choice, returning as much as 3.5 litres per 100km or over 80 mpg and CO2 emissions from 92g/km. On the road the Rio is comfortable and easy to drive and the overall driving experience is an improvement on the old model.

The new Rio is the largest and most spacious to date,

How Much?  The range starts from €15,950 up to €20,450 for the range topping Platinum model that comes with Sat Nav and Android Auto and all models come with Kia’s tempting seven-year warranty.

What about my options? The Rio is available in six trim levels L, LX,  EX, EX ADAS, EXE, and Platinum. There is no scrimping on the equipment and leather wrapped gear knob and steering wheel, Bluetooth, idle stop and go and  keyless entry are all standard  on the entry level trim.

How safe? The new Rio is fitted with six airbags throughout the cabin and features a wide array of passive safety equipment. It is also the first car in class to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition but you’ll need to fork out extra to avail of it as it is only offered on the EX ADAS version –  the model fitted with the safety pack and is priced from  €19,450.

 

3 words to describe the Kia Rio? Practical; Economical; Smart

 

For more information check out Kia Ireland or the Kia Ireland Facebook page.

 

Geraldine Herbert

2nd March, 2017

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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