Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 63

MOTORING Real clean sweep for Rio The new Kia Rio has burst onto the scene and is turning heads in the supermini category of the Island car market. The all-new fourth generation Rio underlines the company’s determination to not only upgrade the style and quality, but beat down consumption and CO2 figures. I test drove the Rio 2, 1.25-litre 84bhp petrol, courtesy of Northwood Kia. It is the middle-of-the range model, but still with plenty of additional features such as the 16-inch alloys, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, front fog lights and leather trimmed steering wheel and gear shift. There is also the Rio 3, a petrol 1.4-litre 108bhp, with 17-inch alloys and numerous additional features TEST DRIVEN ON THE ISLAND By Peter White while the diesel range boasts the 1.1 CRDi ‘EcoDynamic’ with an incredible 88mpg. It is the cleanest diesel ever with the lowest CO2 emissions of any non-electric vehicle on sale today, including hybrids and eco specials from rival companies. The ride is quiet at almost every speed and it tackled the various road surfaces with ease. You feel a sense of control when driving the Rio, as it handles the corners well and stays tight to the road. Inside, the Rio is surprisingly spacious for a relatively small car. It is particularly easy to get in and out of; there is plenty of leg and head room in the front and enough space in the back to seat three adults. There was also good visibility at all angles, made easier by the several different options for adjusting the seat. The boot is also a good size with 288 litres of space. The Standard Rio starts at £10,595 OTR, with the Rio2 from a competitive £12,495 OTR and the Rio3 coming in from £13,795 OTR. The Rio has undergone major advances in safety, quality and style, and backed by Kia’s unique seven-year warranty it makes it particularly appealing to Island buyers looking for a small car with plenty to offer. Northwood Garage 260 Newport Road, Cowes PO31 8PE TEL: 01983 293333 63