Car reviews - Kia - Rio - 5-dr hatch range
Kia says its all-new light car will change brand perceptions, and we believe it
31 Aug 2011
DESPITE evoking a Mardi Gras anthem, cheapo underwear, a song by New Romantic outfit Duran Duran and bargain-basement drive-away deals, Kia has retained the Rio name for its fifth-generation baby. But out goes the Aldi packaging for some Audi-style couture that the company hopes will man up the Rio’s rubbish image, aided by a concerted localisation effort to bring the undercarriage up from dreary to dynamic. Unfortunately, we have yet to sample the base 1.4 that most buyers will choose, but with newfound looks and swagger, the direct-injected 1.6-litre Si and SLi range-topper herald a formidable challenge to Mazda2 and co. Kia, cue the music, whistles and daiquiris, because your latest supermodel supermini might just be the life of the light-car party.
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A MASSIVE improvement over the flaky old 1986 Mazda 121-derived first-gen Rio to be sold in Australia for five years from 2000, the neatly styled five-door hatch and four-door sedan range introduced Hyundai’s all-new MC light-car platform to help Kia have a more competitive contender in a growing segment.
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