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Kia Rio Review - The Carnival Box ( 2017-11-22 )

The fourth generation Kia Rio has taken it up a notch with all new excellent features and improved spaciousness. For once, the Kia Rio was one of the best-selling hatchback in Malaysia prior to its price point sit right in between our local hero, Perodua Myvi and Honda Jazz. Many years later, Kia Rio is no longer market themselves as being an ‘alternative’ for the Japanese hatchback, instead the 2017 Kia Rio is looking better than ever with the all-new integrated Kia design language. Not only does the car looks good, it comes with plenty of upgraded features that makes up the most value for your new car budget.  



The all-new Kia Rio is looking like a grown-up comparing to its successor, the new Rio is now with boxy profile and longer bonnet. The front headlamps have been replaced by a sharper looking ones with U-shaped LED DRL accompanying by the gloss black painted front grille. Over at the back, the tail lamps are now trapezoidal shaped with arrow shaped LED light guide. The Rio is now looking sturdy with the strong shoulder line that elongated from the front to back wrapping the tail lamps and the boot lid. Also, the Rio gets an all-new eight spoke 17 inch two-tone alloy wheels that looks great with the overall design cues.


The interior of the Kia Rio has been completely redesigned with black color themed. Firstly, the leather wrapped steering wheel feels firm and nice to grip. The digital climate control with toggle buttons are remained in the new Rio. Everything in the Rio looks practical and functional just like its successor. Not to mention the boot space has been increased 37 litres to 325 litres with the increase of size. However, we are disappointed with the central head unit retained as a non-touch screen head unit which seems to be dated. Many car makers has already installed a touchscreen head unit with integrated reverse camera and Kia needs to up their game in this segment.


All new Kia Rio is packed with an all-new 1.4 litre naturally aspirated Dual CVVT engine, with maximum output of 100 PS and 133 Nm of torque. The engine works perfectly with the four speed automatic transmission. It is vital to compliment the overall driving dynamic and ride comfort, the seats comfortably wrap you in the right way. Also, the improved suspension struts has benefited from revised spring and damper setup for high speed stability.


The Kia Rio has only one variant available for purchase, which is the Rio 1.4MPI. The safety features is pretty standard, starting from sunroof, six airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist and stability control. That’s it. Nonetheless, the new Rio has been given a stiffer body shell with increased use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) for better durability.


The Kia Rio is definitely a looker thanks to the all-new Kia’s designer team. The equipped sunroof is perfect for ventilation in Malaysia hot weather. Other than the exterior, the changes to the driving stability is subtle yet the all-new platform features a completely new suspension geometry which is designed to improve handling responses and increases high speed stability. Apart from the disappointing head unit, we are still thrilled by the overall look and feel of the all new Kia Rio. If you think the Kia Rio is your perfect car, head over to MyCarsearch to check out the best deal for your desired car.


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