New Kia Rio models available from a genuine Kia dealership, Charles Hurst Kia, located in Belfast Northern Ireland. Offering class leading capacity and a generous standard spec it's no wonder Kia have described the new Kia Rio as the best value five door super mini. Comprising a great set of safety and security features, including Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and available with a punchy petrol or frugal diesel engine the Kia Rio is a smart choice.
The 1.1-litre diesel, stop/start fitted Kia Rio is rated the cleanest traditionally fuelled car on the planet, producing just 85g/km of CO2 emissions. In addition, it can also achieve 88.3mpg. Hence, this car is exempt both from the London Congestion Charge and from Road Tax. As an added bonus, The Kia Rio brings low insurance premiums in its clean wake, thus making it attractive for young drivers and city dwellers. Indeed, the 107bhp 1.4-litre petrol model, the most powerful version, delivers a surprsing 51.4mpg combined fuel economy figure, needing only £95 a year in tax. In addition, the Rio bears a seven-year warranty and for an extra £259, Kia's service package will cover the first three services, thus making the Kia Rio one of the UK's cheapest running cars.
The Kia Rio's interior is spacious for a "super mini". The rear seats are blessed with good head and legroom, and a low profile transmission tunnel makes carrying five people surprisingly easy. The front cabin is excellent too, claiming class-leading space, and even very tall people find the Kia comfortable. Interior noise levels are impressively low, and on bumpy or rutted roads, shocks are absorbed with ease, making this small car very pleasant to drive.
In front, the heating control panel is placed above a useful storage area for small objects such as keys, or wallets, and mobile phones, while shallow door bins are still sufficient to hold a large water bottle. The boot is a handy 288 litres – right up with the market leaders, and even with seats up the Rio is great for the weekly shop. A folding, split rear seat adds considerably to the boot space.
The Rio isKia's first outing in the super mini class, and aims to be a cheaper alternative, introduced in 2011. More versions will be arriving during this year. This project continues Kia's upmarket range and offerssome attractive engine choices. There are two diesel units - 1.1-litre and 1.4; and two petrol engines - 1.25l and 1.4l. Of these four, the smaller, 74bhp diesel is Britain's lowest-emitting car. Ultimately, three-door and five-door versions will be available. The former arrived first in September 2011. The latter hits the road this year.
The Kia is a good urban car, dealing with road bumps and congestion more than adequately, especially with the impressive diesel engine which has proven to be extremely responsive. Mid-range acceleration is terrific, making the premium worthwhile.