Carnival time with Kia’s Rio
KIA is continuing its steady progress with its 2017 Rio which takes the Korean carmaker to new levels of style, comfort and performance.
This is the 10th year that head designer Peter Schreyer has been with Kia and his work and influence can be seen again in the 2017 Rio Limited which has a real European presence.
A perfect example of the Limited is the black model sitting in Alan Berry Motors’ brand new showroom.
Kia’s target market for the Limited is young urban professionals, the majority of them women, but it also has a lot of appeal for older drivers.
To meet their demanding wish lists Kia has packed the Limited with comfort features like privacy glass, a smart composite leather interior, a radio and six speaker sound system with an Android and Apple car player, and Suna live traffic updates.
On top of that the Ltd and the EX are the first Rios to get satellite navigation, a very welcome addition.
A remote opening key and push button star, seven inch touchscreen, rain sensing wipers and Suna live traffic updates all add to the high comfort specifications. Setting it all off are the smart alloy pedals.
But it would be wrong to write off the Rio Limited as a show pony.
Kia has provided the Limited with a 1.4 litre motor which is right up to the job with its 74kW of power at 6000rpm and 133Nm of torque at 4000rpm.
A four speed automatic transmission with sequential sports shift gives the petrol limited fuel consumption of 6.2 l/100 kms.
Safety is well covered with six airbags, vehicle stability management, emergency brake assist and hill start assist supported by a reversing camera and rear parking sensors.
The Limited also has LED daytime running lights and tail lights, smart cornering lights and projector style fog lights.
A lot of work has gone into the handling such as the Anzac suspension upgrade programme.
The Rio Limited is the ultimate urban vehicle with features like a tight 5.1 metre turning circle. It is right in its elements in town and not a slug either when you leave the 50 kph signs behind.
This is the fourth generation Rio and it is a car that has been a solid performer for Kia when it comes to sales.
The Rio is on the market for $23,990 which is backed up by its five year warranty and roadside programme.
The television campaign centres around a lot of happy young women drivers saying “I’m driving Rio”. You are welcome to join them.