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Kia Rio 1.3

Kia present the Rio 1.3 LE 5dr Hatchback with 5 Speed Manual Gearbox, Front (FWD) running on Unleaded Petrol

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Review of "Kia Rio 1.3"

published 18/04/2005 | teacherman123
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"Kia Rio 1.3 LE"


I came across ownership of a Kia Rio sort of by accident.

Lets explain what i mean. I suggested it to my Mum and Dad after they needed a newer car than the one they had. So they bought a Kia Rio. Sadly after 2 weeks of owning the brand new Kia, Mum passed away. Dad does not drive so didn't need the car. He tried to sell it back to Kia, who didn't want to know. One dealer even offered him £2,500 less than he had paid for it 2 weeks earlier.

So that is how i came about the car!! Even though i don't tink i would have chosen it myself, I am more of a focus/astra man, i am very pleased with it. It is tremendous value for money and dosen't look that bad. Believe me on that point, I have owned 2 ladas in my time, so I know what bad looks are !!

The spec is a 1.3LE, so not top spec. Saying that you do get key central locking, electric front windos and power steering. I upgraded the locking to remote locking by putting a £200 alarm onto it (much cheaper than going for the LE+ model if you can live without air con). Mine is in mettalic silver, which looks quite sporty. Some have even mis read it as a Ford Focus, so it can't be that bad.

How does it handle? Well yes it does take a time to get up to 60 or 70 mph as it is a 1.3 engine but once you are there it cruises nicely. It does not even sound too bad at those speeds on the motorway. Granted you are not going to beet boy racers at the traffic lights, but the sort of people buying a Kia Rio are not likely to want to do that.

Comfort is quite good. Back rests could alter a little more than they do but other than that it is OK.

I would recommend a Kia Rio to people as they are a great value for money car, provided you don't expect to get much when you part exchange it for something else. But saying that they are a lot less expensive to buy in the first place, compared to focus/astra style cars.

Dealership service is a little hit and miss, but i suppose that can be said for all makes.

So go on test drive one and see what you think.

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  • Expired-Account published 26/08/2007
    Helpful review, I have a Rio and I love it, wouldn't swap it for, well any other Kia
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Product Information : Kia Rio 1.3

Manufacturer's product description

Kia present the Rio 1.3 LE 5dr Hatchback with 5 Speed Manual Gearbox, Front (FWD) running on Unleaded Petrol

Product Details

Body Type: Saloon, Hatchback

Available Trims: LE; LE Plus

Fuel Type: Petrol

Power: 82, 80

Transmission type: 5 Speed Manual, 5 Speed Manual Gearbox, 5 Speed Manual; 4 Speed Automatic

Range: Kia Rio

Driven Wheels: Front (FWD)

Range + Engine Type: Rio 1.3

Manufacturer: Kia

Insurance Group: 3

Engine Size (cc): 1343

Towing Limit (kg): 900

Boot Capacity (litres): 1277

Height: 1420, 1433

Width: 1680

Length: 4240

Weight: 1144

Classification: Intermediate Car

Country of Origin: South Korea

CO2 Emissions: 152 g/km - (Man), 152 g/km - (Man) / 177 g/km - (Auto)

Emissions Class: EU3

Type: Car

Number of Doors: 5

Maximum Speed (mph): 103

Warranty: 3 years / Unlimited miles

Cylinders: 4

Fuel Capacity (litres): 45

Release Date: 01.01.2005

Torque: 86@3000 lb/ft

Acceleration (0 - 62 mph): 14.2 seconds - (Man)


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