2012 Kia Rio – A Short Review

2012 kia rio sli 5 door hatchback 3 2012 Kia Rio   A Short Review

2012 kia rio sli 5 door hatchback 2 2012 Kia Rio   A Short Review

2012 kia rio sli 5 door hatchback 1 2012 Kia Rio   A Short Review

2012 kia rio sli 5 door hatchback 4 2012 Kia Rio   A Short Review

The 2012 Kio Rio joins the list of light cars that has shifted the goal posts in terms of performance, equipment and dynamics. The light cars are no longer the mode of transportation. This model is packed with enough features to keep its Euro opponents on its toes. It does all these while keeping the range of entry below $ 20,000 which is equipped with a six speed manual. It is not only the interior that has improved over the earlier model but in terms of its design and quality also it has left behind the earlier model. The door trims are somewhat hard and there is a flimsy feel in some of the interior finishes which is not uncommon in light car categories.

So far as comfort is concerned, small frame occupants will enjoy the perfect-fit front seats while taller bodies will feel the thigh support short and the bolsters narrow. The back passengers need to be careful while coming in and out as the C-pillar swings low. The high window line limits visibility as soon as one is inside the car. The equipments in the Rio SLi include dusk sensing lamps, LED daytime running lamps, trip computer, cruise control, sound system with six speaker, air conditioner, power windows, Bluetooth phone integration, steering wheel, front fog lamps and 17 inch alloys etc.

The 1.6L direct injected engine of the SLi and the Rio Si is a perfect one. It produces of about 103 kw power and 167Nm torque which is quite good and it never sound strained towards the top. But in normal driving the 1179kg weight is felt in its mid-gear acceleration. Although the engine becomes vocal at high revs it remains smooth and balanced. SLi models run front brake package rather than lower spec variants coupled with grippy tyres and rear discs. It also has a very good brake performance.

This model comes at par with the Japanese competitors and is just a small step away from the Europeans.

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