Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Rio's a Grand Supermini; the Kia Rio Supermini Has Been Refreshed. Andy Enright Takes a Look at This Underrated Korean

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Rio's a Grand Supermini; the Kia Rio Supermini Has Been Refreshed. Andy Enright Takes a Look at This Underrated Korean

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THE third-generation Kia Rio has been given a makeover with a smarter edge to the styling and a revision of the trim grades.

ere's no big news under the bonnet, but eciency was never a weak point. Prices are keen and the seven-year warranty speaks for itself.

Kia might have changed quite a bit about this latest Rio but it has left the oily bits well alone, the Rio campaigning on a familiar theme of modest power outputs and sheer ease of use.

Buyers in this sector don't require outright speed, instead valuing more prosaic attributes such as ease of parking, low steering e ort, excellent all round visibility and the Rio excels in these areas.

e Coupled Torsion Beam Axle rear suspension introduced in 2011 was a smart move, dialling out the understeer its predecessor had and was also more tunable than the old suspension. e ride is rmer but body control has been improved with less roll through corners.

No small car can make signif-significant headway without at least one super-ecient engine and the Rio gets a very impressive three-cylinder diesel.

Although it only generates 81bhp, that's plenty for city duties and Kia has worked hard at engine renement at low engine revs, that part of the power band you'll be using in urban areas.

e 0-62mph of 16.4s looks a bit yawn-inducing but the torque gure of 162Nm means there's more zip than the sprint gure suggests. You will have to work the gearbox to extract it though.

e third-gen Rio was always a tidy looking thing, if a little generic. is update largely concentrates on giving the car a bit more aesthetic personality.

e styling gets a slightly sportier edge with revisions to both the front and rear. e lower front air intake has been redesigned, as have the front fog light housings, which feature twin chromed horizontal bars. …

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