Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Funky Little Metro Machine

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Funky Little Metro Machine

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Big can be beautiful.

Just take a look at the growing number plus-size models on international catwalks. All hail the recognition of curves.

Good things can also come in small packages. Take the likes of Prince, Tom Cruise (Top Gun era - before he was jumping on couches) and Mahatma Gandhi... all little blokes achieving big things.

Kia's Rio also falls into that category.

The little South Korean hatch arrived earlier this year with a curvy European shape.

While traditionally the car size targeted by value seekers, what if you want something with a little luxury?

You can get a base model Rio for $17,490 drive-away, but there is an option for a top-spec derivative which comes with a whole heap of bells and whistles from about $26,000 on the road.

VALUE

This top-shelf Rio leaves nothing on the rack. All-inclusive are a six-speaker stereo system with full Bluetooth connectivity and seven-inch touchscreen, satnav with traffic updates, smartphone mirroring apps Apple Carplay and Android Auto, auto lights, 16-inch alloys, tinted rear glass, sunroof, soft touch arm rests, alloy foot pedals, automatic climate control air-con along with man-made leather trim.

Where Kia shines is product backing.

There is nothing better than the seven-year warranty, along with roadside assist for the same period, which is transferable to new owners.

Capped price servicing is available for those returning to the dealership for maintenance annually or every 15,000km, with the average price $348 over seven visits. Not as inexpensive as some, but fluids and filters are included.

SAFETY

Five-star safety comes courtesy of six airbags, anti-lock brakes, reverse parking sensors, rear view camera, hill start assist, stability and traction control, LED daytime running lights, as well as a vehicle management system which keeps the car stable when simultaneously braking and cornering - especially on wet, slippery and rough roads.

The SLi also gets night-time turning lights which provide extra illumination when you corner.

DRIVING

Designed as a metro machine, it cuts a swathe through towns and city streets. …

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