Jumat, 30 Maret 2012 0 komentar
Or it could be that those onlookers were simply noticing that the Kia Rio now has presence. The Rio is one of the last of Kia’s offerings to get a full styling overhaul. (The Forte is next, and the forgotten Sedona will continue to wither until it gets a complete reboot.) This longer, lower, and wider 2012 Rio once again shares its platform with the Hyundai Accent, which was itself stretched and massaged into something more attractive for 2012. On looks alone, we’d take the Rio. And, of course, we prefer the more useful hatchback version of either. It helps that the Rio5, which we’ve now had the chance to sample in Korea and test here in the U.S., gets a more expressive front end than its four-door counterpart.
Jumbo Shrimp, Meet Affordable Luxury
Kia continues to fight its econocar label with the Rio and does a pretty good job with that misdirection, especially in the cabin. The interior is as handsome as the exterior and puts soft touch points where they’re needed. For example, a squishy façade fronts a hard dash top, breaking up what would otherwise be a vast expanse of hard plastics. When it comes to equipment, Kia has the upper end of this lower end of the market in its sights, with available keyless entry and start, heated front seats, a rearview camera, leather seats, and power-folding side mirrors. Unlike the Hyundai, the Rio even offers a touchscreen nav system.
The Accent and the Rio do share powertrains. Their 1.6-liter four-cylinder generates 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque—it’s the same Gamma engine as before but with the addition of direct injection helping to create another 28 hp and 16 lb-ft. Two six-speed transmissions, a manual and an automatic, are offered. Both Rio5s we drove were equipped with the auto, as it’s standard on all but the base LX model. This is unfortunate, since our experience with the manual in the Accent proves that, although not the most satisfying stick to row, it makes the car much more involving and considerably quicker. The Rio5 SX we tested needed 9.5 seconds to reach 60 mph compared with 8.0 for a manual-equipped Accent hatch. For the car that’s supposed to be the sportier of the two, we’d expect wider availability of the stick, but that seems to be where the ideas of fun and premium butt heads.
Specifications and Prices 2012 Kia Rio5 SX