Been invited along to a "special" (how special I wonder!) test drive of the new Rio to give feedback to Kia. If I get the chance to go I'll raise the issue. A 1.1 diesel maygive a good mpg under certain conditions, but it will be soooooo slow!
The Yorkshire Post dated 3rd September 2011 had a good article on the new Rio and says that the current availiable engines are petrol 1.25 and 1.4 and diesel 1.1 and 1.4. It does give a big hint however that a new larger engine is due next year, 'All three 1.1 diesel engines are inside 100gm/km - so no annual road tax or congestion zone charge. That model is coming next year.' and ' On sale now with 5 doors, and a sportier 3 door to follow.'
So I assume a sportier 3 door version with a bigger engine is coming next year
The only critisism found was the choice of tyres and recommended changing them for 'german or french rubber'.
Just driven a 1.25 Rio "2".
Immediate first impression was that the metallic blue was nothing like either the web site nor the printed mini-broschure - much more towards mauve: just an observation - not a deal breaker. Driving position is easy to make comfy & I really liked the push button for folding & unfolding the wing mirrors - such a good feature, shame it's not automatic when the ignition is switched on or off. The ride is superquiet & everything well supressed at town speeds. Didn't have the opportunity to drive over potholes or speed humps which some reports have criticised. On a dual carrigeway refinement at 70 OK, but not as spectacularly good as around town. Not sure if it was more the wind or tyre noise. No idea on acceleration/grunt partly as it was so new, & partly as I'd buy the 1.4 diesel.
The 1.4 diesel will be available in November & I was told that with a £100 deposit I clould secure the £750 "September" bonus which could be entirely efunded "no hard feelings" if I didn't like their 1.4 diesel when it arrives "in a few weeks"
Auto Express magazine tested the Rio and three rival cars this week, the Rio came second to the Fiesta. I sat in and had a good poke around a new Rio yesterday, I will be downsizing when I replace my Ceed and am still thinking a Fiesta, far greater choice of models and engines.
There are new Rio UB owners manual, quick start guide, features guide, sat nav manual etc available http://www.kiatechinfo.com ""“ it's free to register, don't have to be a dealer. Some of the features mentioned (reversing camera) don't seem to be available in the <?: prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">UK</st1lace></st1:country-region> ""“ maybe later. Still there's a lot more information than in the skinny <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">UK</st1lace></st1:country-region> brochure.<?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" />
Had a sales guy phone me up yesterday from Stoneacre Kia inviting me to a party they were having for the new Rio on Friday. He was going on about 88mpg etc and how wonderful the new Rio is, at which point I said it was much less powerful than the old CRDi Rio. He then started talking bull about how these modern diesel engines are made of lighter components and the technology has improved so much and that I would not notice any difference in speed or performance even though the power output was lower. However, the weight of the new Rio is about the same as the old one, so unless Kia lied about the power output of the old Rio, according to this sales guy, somehow Kia have been able to change the laws of physics! As good as Kia might be, I don't think they have that capability!!! So I had a look at the Kia website for the new Rioand sure enough, the 89 BHP 1.4 CRDi has a 0-60 mph of 13.7 seconds -more thantwo seconds slower than the old Rio...Then if you look at the 1.1, which is the one that claims 88 mpg combined, the 0-60 is almost 15 sec! Not everyone is interested in performance, but sales people should not bullsh*t their customers!
M4 your bang on with the report. The sales guy is talking bullsh*t. I had alook at the new Rio today and i think it is way over priced and not a patch on the 1.5CRDI it is replacing. OK road tax is cheaper with some models but it is a snail compared to the previous mode. I would rather pay £90 a year road tax for a car that will have a bit power than one that is a complete bore to drive.
IMHO they have got it wrong.
I have been asked to come to the launch of the new Rio at my local branch but I will not be going as its a bore. Nice lookin car dont get me wrong but it will be not much fun to drive in any engine format.
Its all about green issues now and planet friendly pure sh*t in my eyes. Soon we will all be running around in leccy cars and being bored oot wer nuts and chucking oorselves off bridges to end this miserable life that the governments wants us to have just to be environmentally friendly.
I am fed up with this excuse just to rip more cash from oor pockets. Take a look at your power bills you are paying so much for green tax. F*ckin bollocks I say.
Davy, see those solar panels appearing on people's houses? Did you know you're paying for those through your taxes and electricity bills? So we're putting our money intothe pockets of the people who can afford to buy them!
In terms of performance, the new Rios is going to gettheir butts kicked by the new 1.25 litre Picanto. That's sad...
If it were just me, i'd definitely go for the 1.1 CRDi. With todays fuel prices, sometimes you have to sacrifice performance for the fact it does 88mpg, which in my book is fantastic..
Myself though, will be going for the 1.4 CRDi Rio 3 model, in silver, and that's with me, the mrs, a 9 year old and a 9 month old baby, downgrading for my current60-reg white Focus 1.6 (115) Zetec-S (using too much fuel!).. the boot space obviously is less, but on the rare occasion we will actually fill the boot space and need extra, we are just going to banga trailer on the back, better than driving around an empty family sized car most of the time.
It's just going to be hard waiting until November!!