‘Small but powerful’ is one of the best ways to define the 2020 Kia Rio. Earlier, Kias were seen as bland economy cars with little spirit and pizzazz. That is certainly not the case now. The new Rio has one of the more pure driving qualities and thus, wields all kinds of twists with ease.
Step in and you are welcomed by an all classy sporty looking cabin. Access is comfortable and so is the exit. The leather seats give you a good stay and convenience. The steering embodied in leather is engaging to hold and the power for the call, audio, and cruise control are there in the house. There is a long list of features, which includes a sunroof; lane departure warning system, automatic wipers, keyless entry, traction control, tire-pressure monitoring sensors, a touch-screen infotainment unit, auto-dimming inside rear-view mirror, start-stop ignition, and the list goes on.
Kia Rio offers enough punch when you work it hard but certainly falls short on the apparent power of the more valuable turbocharged engines. At the bottom, we can see 1.25-liter petrol with 83bhp, an engine that comes out of its depth. Next up is a 1.4-liter with a more reasonable 98bhp that is provided with an option of a six-speed automatic or manual gearbox. The lowest of these is a 99bhp of 1.0-liter three-cylinder, and this is the best of the lineup. It is as adaptable as the tiny turbo engines you’ll find in the new i20 and Nissan Magnite that offers even more speed.
Similar to old Hyundai i20 cars, the steering is on the moderate side though it pulls up to some degree once you start flying around 3-digit speeds. Straight-line balance is remarkable, and the car provides you enough determination on the curves to go harder. Thus, at the starting price of £10,475 (Rs 10, 38,394), Rio has compatible engines that offer excellent fuel economy, and the more petite, turbocharged units deliver the best outcomes of the range.
The car is an utter pleasure to drive on highways and gives amazing charge even in corners, because of the large 17-inch wheels, low drive height, broad tires, and firmer suspension. With worthy products being such a big element of Rio’s mission, it is no wonder that you will not get gems of soft-touch premium trim pieces. Well, all of this Indian-spec exception, despite regarding the fact that Kia is known for building feature-rich cars, having a hot-hatch with sunroof in India seems hugely credible in the future, amaze us.
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