Car reviews - Kia - Rio - SLi 5-dr hatch
The handsome Kia Rio SLi hatch is a quantum leap over the old model
6 Dec 2011
DESPITE evoking a Mardi Gras anthem, cheapo underwear, a song by New Romantic outfit Duran Duran, and bargain-basement driveaway deals, Kia has retained the Rio name for its fifth-gen baby. But out goes the Aldi packaging for some Audi-style couture that the company hopes will man up the Rio’s rubbish image, aided by a concerted localisation effort to bring the undercarriage up from dreary to dynamic. We drive the SLi auto range-topper to see if it can cut it against the Fiesta, Polo, Mazda2 and co.
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A MASSIVE improvement over the flaky old 1986 Mazda 121-derived first-gen Rio sold in Australia for five years from 2000, the neatly styled five-door hatch and four-door sedan light-car range introduced Hyundai’s all-new MC light car platform to help Kia have a more competitive contender in a growing segment.
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