November 16, 2021
As car model generations improve over the years with the latest technologies, the compact hatchback market segment has become highly competitive, like the SUV one. Despite the Kia Rio’s facelift and its excellent reputation, the car still faces substantial challenges in the marketplace, such as the VW Polo and the Hyundai i20. Let’s find out more about this perky hatchback.1
New colours such as Perennial Grey and Sporty Blue are now available, providing some extra hype to the segment. In addition, both the front bumper and grille have new looks, while 15-inch alloy wheels are found on lower models and 17-inch wheels on the higher ones.
Don’t expect to be pushed back into your seat on take-off, but the 1.4-litre engine still manages an increased 0-100 km/hr in 12.9 seconds. The one option available is the 1.2-litre engine with a power output of 61 kW and torque of 120 Nm, married to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The other option is a 1.4-litre engine pushing out 73 kW power and 135 Nm torque via a six-speed manual or automatic. Unfortunately, the 1.2-litre version doesn’t make you feel too confident on the freeway, although the 1.4-litre version addresses this problem to a certain extent.
The fuel economy for both cars at 8 L/100 km is disappointing for this small hatchback.
Kia has designed an interior with a professional look. USB ports are available in the back and front, while Bluetooth and an 8-inch infotainment system with six speakers perform well. Space in the Rio is of no issue due to the 2.5 m between the two axles, and there’s plenty of luggage space in the 325-litre boot.
The quality of the Kia Sportage is like driving a German car, while the Rio’s handling is excellent, providing a great smooth ride.
The car is equipped with only front airbags, but the 1.4 TEC has, as extra, side-impact protection for front occupants.
This top-of-the-range car has cruise control, electro-chromatic rear-view mirrors, leather seats and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.
Not only the Rio, but all Kia’s have a 5-year unlimited km warranty plus roadside assistance. In addition, all Rio’s have a 4-year or 60000 km service plan, although the 1.2 LS has only a 2-year/ 60000 km service plan.
Current prices range from R280 995 for the Rio LS 1.2 Manual to R361 995 for the Rio 1.4 TEC Auto 6-spd.
Car insurance is not straightforward, and so only information can be expected from this article. For the same reason, one needs to first consult a certified financial advisor for professional advice before buying any car insurance product.
If you have set your eyes on buying a new Kia Rio, don’t forget to buy comprehensive car insurance as it is a legal requirement if a bank is to finance the car. This is where PMD comes in with affordable, comprehensive car insurance that has fixed premiums* and a reduce to zero excess*. T’s and C’s apply. So why not contact us to find out more?
November 7, 2023
November 7, 2023