2012 Kia Rio | new car review

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 by

The Rio is the newest car to come out ’s stable. This latest generation was launched in mid-2011 and was one of the last cars to don the new Kia corporate ‘tiger nose’ grille that has become synonymous with Kia cars of late. It is available as a sedan or a hatchback.

The Kia Rio is based on Hyundai’s Accent platform and the Korean company has priced this car very competitively to take on the likes of the Nissan Tiida, Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Cruse and the Toyota Yaris.

A 1.4-litre engine with a maximum output of 110bhp powers the Rio. Transmission duties are handled by a 4-speed automatic transmission.

All variants of the Rio come equipped with power mirrors and central locking. Additional standard features include front fog lamps, tilt-adjustable steering, rear wiper and washer and a MP3 compatible CD player. The top of the line variant gets a sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and parking sensors as standard equipment.

One driver-side airbag is standard on all variants except the top of the line variant which gets a passenger side airbag as well. ABS is absent in the base and the mid level variants but features as standard on the top level variant.

Specification

Price: AED 40,000 – AED 55,000

Engine

1.4-litre inline-4
Max power:
110bhp at 6300 rpm
Max torque: 135Nm at 4200rpm

Transmission

4-speed automatic

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