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Car reviews - Kia - Rio - 5-dr hatch

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19 Apr 2001

Rio is not badge-engineered as anything else A 60/40 split folding rear seat increases luggage area No lumbar support is provided Two-tone seat fabric livens up the cabin Driver has front and rear seat base adjustment For storage, Rio has four cupholders, a non-locking glovebox, a coin rack, an in-dash slot and two shallow trays on top Kia-badged Philips RC600 radio and single in-dash CD player Six-speaker system - two each in the doors, parcel shelf and A-pillar You must declutch to start the engine Air-conditioning is standard Steel wheels are fitted and include a full-size spare Spare wheel is under the boot floor Kumho 175/70R 13 tyres fitted as standard Luggage volume is 296 litres with back seats up, 621 litres down Rio is 60 per cent stiffer than Festiva New body is available as four or five-door only Depowered airbag reduces the risk of injury Rio has air-filled bladders in the bumpers to absorb impact energy progressively Rio exceeds all American and European front and side impact requirements.

Central locking is standard The 1.5 litre DOHC engine produces 73.5kW and 135Nm Front suspension uses MacPherson struts and an anti-roll bar Rear suspension consists of a torsion beam axle with an anti-roll bar Five-speed manual is standard Four-speed auto is an extra-cost option No ABS available Ventilated discs at the front, drums at the rear Hydraulically power-assisted rack & pinion system Steering column is not tilt adjustable Turning circle is 9.5 metres

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