This is an update on a previous review. Overall I'm very happy with the car, which is unusual for me as I manage to pick fault with the simplest of things, which as yet I haven't done with the Kia Rio.
The reason why I'm updating is because my Kia got broken into, and guess what? It's apparently very hard to get into. I was told from the insurance estimator that the thieves had a right go at it - if only the car had been fitted with an alarm, it may have scared them off.
The downside to this is the fact that the thieves did quite alot of damage whilst trying to break into the car - they bent/buckled the back door, damaged all the window seals, dented and scratched all the bodywork on one side of the vehicle.
After they did all that, they realised that to get in they would have to smash the window, which is security glass, so they could only make a small hole to get their hands through to unlock the car. They left the stereo and stole my sat-nav from the glove box.
The estimator was very impressed with the Rio - he said that most cars could be unlocked within 30 seconds but the Kia didn't budge. So all in all I'm proud of my tough little Kia - just a shame it couldn't scream with an alarm and tell me that someone was breaking into it.
Positive: This car has a modern design with a super sporty interior. A lot of thought has gone into giving a smart appearance. The seats are great and there is plenty of storage. Outside the car looks “right”. It is packed with everything you need. Loads of torque and a good runner
Negative Interior plastic scratches easily, gear stick is too long, the hand break is almost in my armpit, no dimmer on dash lighting so very bright at night,
Driving: - The accelerator pedal is so light that it is almost impossible to control the car going over speed humps or on rough roads in low gear. The suspension still lacks the fineness of the European cars. Handling can be difficult. The air-con makes a lot of noise as it cuts in and out.
Fuel Consumption: - Like others in this review section, I am only getting about 46mpg. Compare this with my last three 2.ltr diesel cars, same routes and driving style:- Old Vectra, 50mpg New Vectra, 49mpg Megane 1.9ltr, 55mpg. I think this is outrageous, I am surprised that someone hasn’t taken Kia to task on this. They claim the car does between 50 and 69mpg.
In conclusion, one of my main reasons for buying this car was the super low fuel consumption. If the car did what Kia say it will and the feather-light accelerator was sorted out, then this would be a fantastic VFM purchase. Sadly, this may be my first and last Korean Car purchase. P.S. Anyone know where I can get hold of a General Motors EV1? Now that's the future!
Couldn't be more delighted with this car. The car is a pleasure to drive and the diesel engine performs superbly. Steering is positive and the suspension gives a very pleasant drive. Currently I am getting over 60mpg which is more than acceptable. For those who are not afraid to go away from the Ford, Vauxhall, Peugot club they will find a driving experience beyond what they would expect for this price. Quality control and attention to detail put the "Big Manufactures" to shame and to get the level of equipment that is supplied as standard would cost much more from a european manufacturer. Overall an excellent car at a more than favourable price with very low running costs.
I had to buy a cheap car after a change in jobs. I'm pleasantly surprised - it's a nippy and economical, but I haven't managed to get over 60mpg yet, though.
I brought the demo, so that helps with the deprication. Overall, it's a pleasent little car - don't be put off by the name.
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