Kia Rio / Rio5 2017: It loses ground

As published in the 2017 Auto Guide

Rio loses ground … And who knows why! The subcompact Kia is however 1 of the most desirable of the category. But the struggle is fierce and we ought to admit that the value is 1 of the primary promoting points. Certainly the gear provided is also an crucial element. For instance, in 2015, it sold practically twice as Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio. In addition, the arrival of new players like the Nissan Micra adjustments the game.

And that”s not counting the discounts and unique promotions provided on some compact. This way of performing has brought on some adjustments of course. Why purchase a subcompact when you can purchase a bigger model for the very same month-to-month payments ?? In return march in the subcompact Mazda has abandoned his two though the Mitsubishi Mirage is only a shadow of itself. We ought to not overlook the Toyota Yaris and Honda Match, like the Nissan Versa Note that is added to the group. That”s a lot of men and women for a segment that holds a tiny market place share. And even if we are fond of, we Quebecois, this vehicle format.

Surprising
Regardless of its size, the tiny Rio is remarkably spacious. The most intriguing remains the Rio5. With its wing edges nicely curves, its sloping hood and massive headlights, it has style. And it is also extra versatile. You have a massive object carry? You fold a portion of the back or each file and you”re playing.

The Rio5 is likely the prettiest of the category. Apart from, Kia knows how to do in the matter of vehicle tailgate. It does not have it at house, but appear at the Kia Cee”d on the net. Fairly irresistible! The Rio is a beauty redone final year. Practically nothing main, but adequate to make it even extra desirable. A tiny snout brand new, redesigned lights, a revised interior and fixes and an enhanced soundproofing. And for a value of about $ 20,000, you can drive a Rio ultra-chic with stylized 17-inch wheels and a extra full gear.

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Even if it falls into a low cost category, the Rio gives substantially for the requested invoice. The presentation is in tune with top quality supplies, which is not the case with some competitors. The steering wheel can accommodate particular commands based on the version. The screen multimedia extra plush models includes the quite most recent generation of UVO technique though the LX and far better furnished are equipped with air conditioning series. The EX versions are even pledged to heated seats and a rearview camera. Not negative for a subcompact!

Little gap, having said that, the visibility specially in the hatchback version. The rear window is narrow and the C-pillar (in between the bezel and the lateral windows) imposing.

Driving pleasure
If Kia gives a number of levels of gear in every single version of the variety, a single energy unit is proposed. The 4-cylinder 1.six-liter 137 pound tiny horses. It”s tiny, but that”s what he”s ideal in the category. Believe of the Mitsubishi Mirage that spits only 78 horses. Pretty much half much less! As for the couple in Rio, we speak of 123 lb-ft. You shall not fight records in acceleration. But provided the initial vocation of this vehicle, this powertrain is clearly enough.

You can attach a manual gearbox six reports or automatic, also has six gears. The manual lacks precision sadly. This is 1 of the weaknesses of Kia, regardless of the model. Having said that, the automatic transmission does very good perform.

Management is not quite correct, but the suspension is Calibrated. In the city, its size tends to make it agile and entertaining to drive. On the road, it does the job, but we promptly perceives that it is not the biggest routiere probable. If you like an even firmer suspension, the SX trim possesses firmer dampers and bigger tires. You will be served.

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With an typical consumption that borders eight.five l / 100, it is not the champion in this sector. The Toyota Yaris is substantially far better.

If the battle is far from becoming completed in the category subcompact, we ought to admit that a transform is necessary. Soon after consultation of the Quebec sales figures, it has sold practically 2000 Rio much less in 2015 compared to 2014. Of the total figure of 6801 units in 2014, the reduce is substantial.