KIA Rio Sedan Review
Kia Rio Sedan, from the house of renowned South Korean automobile manufacturer, was introduced in the year 2000. The latest generation of this drive was launched in the year 2011 and over this one and a half decades of existence, this drive has gone through various modifications and advancements in technology and aesthetics. For the customers of Philippines, the new Kia Rio is offered with a choice of 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre gasoline engines. The 1.2-litre engine is capable of knocking out a peak power output of 87 PS at 6000 rpm along with a peak torque counting to 120 Nm at 4000 rpm. The bigger variant of this engine, the 1.4-litre engine shows a maximum power of 107 PS at 6300 rpm and the maximum torque clocking to 135 Nm at 4200 rpm. The 1.2-litre engine is mated with the 5-speed manual while the 1.4-litre engine comes coupled with a choice of 6-speed manual and 4-speed automatic (H-Matic) transmissions.
Coming to the exterior styling, Kia Rio Sedan offers a crisp and stylish European design with its signature ‘Tiger Nose’ grille and LED positioning lamps merging into the grille which makes it look wider and more appealing. The mirror on the side of the car is equipped with LED side repeaters for the safe turn in traffic. At the rear, the car is graced with LED rear combination lamps which enhance the overall look of this drive. Along with this, the complimenting sophisticated interior of the car feature comfort and convenience with spacious room and premium quality upholstery. The center fascia looks logically arranged for an added convenience and comfort for the driver. The leather wrapped steering wheel has been equipped with audio switches so that the driver may control the audio system without diverting his/her attention from driving. With the luxurious interior and exteriors, Kia Rio Sedan also offers ample safety features for its occupants. The safety aspects include Anti-Lock Braking System and Electronic Brake-force Distribution which ensure complete control and stability of the drive on varied terrains. This car has received 4-star in the federal crash test with an overall good side impact score which gives peace of mind to its occupants while ensuring complete protection in adverse conditions.
Mileage and Fuel economy
In terms of mileage, the fuel consumed by 1.2-litre engine in this drive is 19.60 kml while the 1.4-litre engine runs 18.10 with a manual transmission. With an automatic transmission, this 1.4-litre engine gives a fuel economy of 15.15 kmpl which makes it the least efficient engine in the bunch. Apart from this, the Active ECO mode system helps the vehicle to reach optimal fuel economy by controlling the parts of engine and transmission accordingly.
The fuel efficient sedan delivers a peak power of 107 PS at 6300 rpm with a maximum torque of 135 Nm at 4200 rpm with 1.4-litre engine. This engine is mated with 6-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission. The 1.2-litre engine delivers a maximum power of 87 PS at 6000 rpm with a maximum torque of 120 Nm at 4000 rpm. This humble engine is mingled with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Acceleration & Pickup
Kia Rio Sedan shows its efficiency not only in fuel economy and power but also in acceleration and pick up. The 1.2-litre LX M/T trim races from naught to 100 kmph in 13.1 seconds with a peak speed of 167 kmph. Talking about the bigger trim, the 1.4-litre engine of this drive accelerates from zero to 100 kmph 11.5 seconds with a peak speed of 171 kmph with a manual transmission.
Kia Rio Sedan is a car that is dominated with a great body style. It is considered among the best in terms of its physical appearance. At the front, the car is equipped with large LED positioning lamps which are perfectly matched with the Kia signature ‘Tiger Nose’ black mesh radiator grille surrounded with chrome. The power folding mirrors on the sides are designed in a sleek manner with LED notification lights. The rear view on the other side has LED combination lamps and heated rear glass to defrost the snow for a clear view. The heated lamps come with an option of auto off which automatically sets according to the weather conditions. Moreover, the side view of the car matches well with the creases in the body. Bold fenders and crisp creases altogether give a sporty and bold look to this drive.
The overall dimensions of the new Kia Rio Sedan are impressive as compared with similar segment competitors. The overall dimensions carried by this family car count to 4370 mm x 1720 mm x 1455 mm (L X W X H) along with a wheelbase measuring to 2570 mm. The minimum ground clearance of this Kia sedan is 140 mm which is again decent in its class.
Stepping inside Rio Sedan, one might find a mix of elegance and simplicity with an extra room to occupy 5 occupants with great comfort. The two-tone beige and black color scheme all over emphasize the orderliness along with showcasing elegance. The cabin of the car is beautifully arranged with a mid-size LCD screen and Sirus XM audio system that operates 130 channels overall. The three-cylinder instrument panel with LED backlighting is an integral part of the interior making this cabin look sophisticated. The rear view camera displays the live images of the traffic behind the vehicle making it convenient for the drive to keep a track on the rear running vehicles. Moreover, the UVO system provides in-car connectivity based on any personal device. It also has voice command navigation system which lets driver concentrate fully on the driving without any distractions.
Kia Rio Sedan offers a variety of convenience features for its customers to enjoy during long drives. It is equipped with easy to operate one-touch power windows for the convenience. At its front, the center console has a sliding armrest and padded storage box that can be used to store personal items with utmost convenience. The door on all sides can be locked from a single button to ensure overall security and convenience. To store petty things in the cabin area, this drive has cup holders and glove box. The door at the front and rear has convenient map pockets and bottle holders. The glovebox with illumination makes it easier to find items in the dark. It also has rear seat adjustable headrests that offer comfort.
The new Kia Rio Sedan is spacious inside out. The decent wheelbase of this drive ensures that there is ample room for 5 passengers within the cabin. Talking about the boot space, there is a standard trunk worth 424-litre offered in this sedan. This boot space can be enhanced by split folding the 3 rear seats to flat to accommodate extra luggage. Also, there are cup holders and glove box given in the cabin to pack handy things.
Engine and Performance
Kia Rio Sedan is offered with a choice of 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre gasoline engines. The 1.2-litre engine of this sedan delivers a peak power measuring 87 PS at 6000 rpm along with a peak torque showing 120 Nm at 4000 rpm. The bigger sibling of this engine, the 1.4-litre engine gives a maximum power output of 107 PS at 6300 rpm and a maximum torque counting to 135 Nm at 4200 rpm. The 1.2-litre engine is coupled with the 5-speed manual while the 1.4-litre engine comes mingled with a choice of 6-speed manual and 4-speed automatic (H-Matic) transmissions.
Stereo and Accessories
Kia Rio Sedan is a family drive and to complete this car, a decent infotainment system is equipped within. The standard audio system packed in this sedan comprises of the single in-dash CD player, AUX, USB connectivity, MP3 player and WMA. To complete this entertainment system, 4 speakers are also packed in different corners of the car.
Rio Sedan is a family drive and is appointed with 14-inch steel wheels along with 175/70 R14 tires in the LX trim with 1.2-litre engine. Talking about the EX trim, it is packed with 15-inch alloy wheels along with tires worth 185/65 R15. these perfect combinations of wheels and tires ensure stability and complete control while driving on varied driveways.
Braking and Handling
In terms of braking, Kia Rio sedan comes equipped with ventilated disc brakes at the front wheels along with solid drum brakes at the rear pair. MacPherson Strut with stabilizer front suspension coupled with Torsion beam rear suspension ensure that the vehicle is handled well on any terrain and at any speed. It further equipped with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) for absolute stability and control on the car.
Safety and Security
Kia Rio offers a lengthy list of security features for the passengers which includes advanced dual front airbags for driver and passengers and 3-point seat belts for the utmost safety. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) function offers an improved directional stability which further helps in controlling the wheels even on high speeds and rough terrains. Aspects like high mounted stop lamp, side impact protection, hill start to assist control, tire pressure monitoring system(TPMS), side impact door beams and child safety door locks are also packed in this car to enhance the protection of the occupants. Along with this is the vehicle stability management which assists the driver in keeping stability while driving at elevated speeds.
- Powerful Engine
- Supple Handling
- Spacious Cabin
- Lacks the Suspension
- Drivetrain not impressive as against its competitors
- Not very quick