The 2013 KIA Rio is all about changing minds and stereotypes for small cars. With a splashy design, spirited driving dynamics, responsible fuel management, innovative safety features and classy luxury features, the Rio is a small car that makes a loud statement.
“Pound for pound, the Rio is one of the best vehicles out there,” KIA Sudbury Motors sales and leasing specialist Shawn Skeffington said. “It was one of six KIA vehicles to receive a Red Dot Design award. It is a sub-compact car, but it has a lot of big features. It is a car for anyone.”
At the heart of the Rio is a 1.6-litre, GDI four-cylinder engine which pushes out 138-horsepower and 123-pounds-feet of torque. It is paired to a six-speed manual transmission or available six-speed automatic Steptronic shifter.
The Rio has been rated to use 4.9-litres of fuel for every 100-km highway driving and 6.9 litres per 100-km in city driving.
Needless to say, while driving the Rio, stops at the gas pump are a rare occurrence. Make no mistake, the fuel efficiency does nothing to dampen the driving dynamics, only enhance it.
The Rio has a long wheelbase and independent front suspension that makes it quite nimble on tight corners in heavy traffic. Inside and out, the Rio is packed with smart and practical features — and many of the features can be found on high-end luxury vehicles.
Standard features on all models include six-way adjustable driver’s seat; power windows and door locks and a rear spoiler. On other models, standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels; power sunroof; fog lights; heated front seats; heated steering wheel; power folding side mirrors; leather seats and Smart Key push start.
Space isn’t a concern. Full-size adults will have a comfortable ride in the passenger seats front and back. The trunk opens up to swallow gear for a weekend camping trip.
When it comes to safety and reliability, the Rio has it covered with numerous safety systems designed to keep occupants safe and sound, and a warranty that is sure to give even fickle-minded consumers peace-of-mind.
The Rio features standard dual front airbags, dual side airbags, dual side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, four-wheel ABS brakes and an available rear-view camera. These safety features help keep the Rio firmly planted on any road, in any condition.
Backing up all the safety features is an extensive and comprehensive five-year/100,000-km warranty, covering virtually the entire vehicle and power train, and comes with roadside assistance. There is also a five-year, unlimited kilometre anti-perforation warranty on the body sheet metal — the Rio was built to last and give years upon years of enjoyment.
The Rio also offers a superior environmentally friendly engine selection known as Active Eco System, which is a stop-and-go technology designed to make city driving more efficient. Essentially, when the car comes to a complete stop, the car’s engine cuts idling, wasting less fuel.
With outstanding standard and available features, safety systems, warranty and driving experience, the Rio keeps every budget in mind when it comes to cost. The Rio starts at $13,895 and tops out at $22,095.
“The Rio stands out because it comes with a lot of quality standard features,” Skeffington said. “It’s a good balance of car, budget and pleasure. The Rio is another example of the vehicles that are fun to drive from KIA. The Rio has it all.”
Posted by Laurel Myers