Photos by -Autonet.ca
Published: 12 05 2011
The smallest of the family
Korean automobile builders are gaining popularity points at an impressive rate! Their new models are exquisite, and the competitors never expected so much elegance and refinement at such a competitive price! Kia is the undisputed leader in this domain, and proved it once again at the New York Auto Show by unveiling the car that we patiently waiting for a revamping; the Kia Rio sedan and hatchback along with the softly remodeled Soul 2012.
Kia can be proud of its new line up! After the Sorento, the Sportage, the Optima, the Forte, the Forte 5, the Forte Koup, the Rondo and the Sedona, the Rio completes the 2011 family. And it deserves a moment under the spotlight! The sub-compact market is an increasingly popular one in Quebec and the Rio, both the sedan and the hatchback models, is a huge hit, offering a wide range of characteristics that should satisfy its customers. Primarily so thanks to the spatial improvements the model underwent and its rejuvenated look with more sculpted lines, a thinner radiator-like grill (a new characteristic already noticed in the other models) and its more dynamic looking headlights. But also thanks to its wide range of accessories and to its fuel efficiency.
Designed with a longer, wider and lower platform than the previous generation, the car is also lighter, therefore increasing its handling.
The model will be made available in three versions: the LX, the EX and the SX (Rio and Rio5) offered with a GDI engine equipped with four cylinders of 1.6 liters reaching 138 hp, 28 more than the 2011 model.
Both a standard and a 6-speed automatic transmission are offered. An interesting new component that should eventually be made available on all cars is the system that commands both for the engine to be turned off when in traffic and for it to start up again on its own once the break pedal is released, allowing for a considerable fuel economy. The car also features Hill control start and electronic stability control.
The basic LX model is very lightly equipped but the EX version offers a fairly acceptable range of accessories for a car of its category. Electric-command windows, Bluetooth connectivity and leatherette door trimmings are part of the standard equipment. The SX offers even more with metal pedals and trimmings, leather decorations, a speed regulator, Microsoft’s UVO entertainment system equipped with a rear-view camera and chrome-plated accents. Obviously, for 2012, music can be fed through any USB or MP3 support or via the satellite radio. Additional options such as the convenience-groups Eco and Premium are available for an even more personalized touch.
It is therefore a brand new Rio ready to face competition that will be introduced in Canada towards the end of 2011!