Could you really live with the new Kia Rio
Could you really live with the new Kia Rio? Could you tolerate its 'less than fashionable' image, cope with the playground mockery from your friends, and embrace its cheap- as-chips image? I certainly could. The fourth generation Kia Rio is a considerable improvement on its predecessor. Most notably: handling, refinement, and styling. One version is even kinder to the environment than a lifelong recycler, so running costs are low.As such, the Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi ‘1’ EcoDynamics averages a staggering 88.3mpg. I have ridden more polluting bicycles. This diesel machine's carbon emissions are only 85g/km, so road tax for this environmental champion is free. The downside is performance, so this 74bhp urban fuel-sipper takes a lengthy 14.9 seconds to reach 60mph. In contrast, the 1.4-litre 107bhp models hit the marque in 11.1 seconds - but these only average 51.4mpg. The new Kia Rio has a pleasing specification. Features include the: daytime running lights, trip computer, and the MP3 CD player with USB connection. High-spec versions have: cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, plus heated front seats. This likeable machine will be available from September 1st as a five-door hatchback, then in three-door guise from 2012. This underrated run-around will also be sold with a seven year warranty.