I bought this car in Australia, where you get the 1.6 litre petrol model as standard.On the road including road tax, auto gearbox,air-con, CD player and metallic paint it cost £6000 brand new. Road holding,comfort, auto change quality and build quality are all very good and much better than I expected. It has no street cred whatsoever, but is a stylish little car and ideal as a big city runabout for metropolitan Melbourne.
Fuel consumption is rubbish in this car - it returns 44mpg, not 60. My dealer insultingly says this is acceptable, blaming my driving style - the same style that achieved 58mpg in a Fiat Punto 1.9 JTD diesel. The radio reception is pathetic - no stations can be recieved on MW, and FM is iffy. Once again, the dealer says this is acceptable on a car radio.
I intend to change this car ASAP and go to a manufacturer who has integrity and does not treat after sales customers with contempt.
This is an update to a review I wrote earlier this year - I have now covered over 12k in the car. I noticed a review about the front tyres scrubbing out on the inside - at 10k I had to swap fronts to back because they had worn uneavenly - down to about 2mm on the inside edges and 5-6mm across the rest of the tyre. I thought the tracking might be out but had it checked and it was spot on. I guess I might get nearly 20k out of a set of tyres by swapping wheels about (the owners manual recommends that the tyres be rotated). While driving down a narrow lane an approaching vehicle failed to slow down and smashed the off side mirror. The replacement unit cost £157.00 + £48.00 to fit (I chose to fit it myself which took 5 minutes!!). Fuel consumption has improved and I now get well over 60 mpg if I take it easy - ie. keep speed under 60 mph. Of course, if I drive in the 70 - 80 mph range the figure will reduce by 20 - 30%. I agree with other readers that the dash does scratch very easily and the orange dash light is very bright - I end up driving at night with one hand on top of the steering wheel to try and cover up the light. Top speed is higher than stated - GPS reading of 118 mph on flat road with no wind - not in this country of course! Overall I think it is an excellent little car with a great engine.
Overall, I am delighted with this car. I bought it as a replacement for a 2005 VW Golf I owned which I found very very underpowered.
I was impressed with the diesel engine on this car and still am. Its practically silent at cruising speeds, pulls very well, and is economical. Its nowhere near 60mpg as claimed but does 53ish which is still good.
The car broke down the day after I got it (brand new) with a damaged radiator however the Kia dealer were excellent and arranged a hire car for me until mine was fixed 3 days later. Since then I have covered 6600 miles in 3 months without a problem.
I highly recommend the Kia Rio. I have owned more than 10 different cars from many manufacturers and this is by far the best. Its comfortable well built spacious and outstanding value. Some people dont like the way it looks but I think its very modern. Many people think its a Ford Fiesta!
My only gripes, and these are minor, is that the CD player skips far too easily, and the air con switches itself on when you turn the blower on, or change the direction of the air. Apart from that, this is an excellent car
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