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A new three-door Kia Rio


NOT so long ago the sheer mention of Kia would have been frowned upon. Today though, they are making some pretty good cars and judging by the amount of Kia vehicles on our roads, we’re not the only ones who think that. Here at Autodealer, we particularly like the Kia Rio. It looks good and is great value for money. Now though, Kia has introduced a three-door model and we are quite excited.

This new model joins the existing five-door hatch and four-door sedan models, and increases the Rio line-up to 12 models in total. Now it might have fewer doors than the others but this new three-door TEC model is jam-packed with features, the same features which can be found on the five-door model. We just prefer the look of the three-door; it’s sportier and sleeker. What’s more, the three-door model is also fitted with stylish 17-inch alloy rims to enhance the overall appearance of the car.

To make life a little easier, Kia has engineered the front doors so that they open wider than on the other models. The front seats also tilt forward for ease of access to the rear of the cabin. To help enhance the cabin atmosphere, Kia has added many features such as:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB and accessories jack
  • steering-wheel-mounted remote controls
  • air conditioning
  • The three-door model is also available in a choice of many colours – eight in fact

Under the low-slung hood, one can expect to find Kia’s well-proven 1.4-litre Gamma engine, which features friction-reducing modifications and dual CVVT (continuously variable valve timing), which helps in achieving responsive performance and competitively modest fuel consumption. The engine develops 79kW and 135Nm, which means that 100km/h will come up in about 11 seconds. We wouldn’t mind some additional power to go with the sporty looks though. The Rio is offered with a six-speed manual as standard or four-speed automatic as an option. We recommend the manual though.

The new KIA Rio 1.4 TEC three-door is priced identically to its four and five-door siblings at R241 995. KIA’s class-leading five-year/150 000km warranty remains standard, as does a four-year/60 000km service plan. Pricing for the revised Rio range is as follows:

Rio 1.2 Manual (4- and 5-door) R 203 995.00
Rio 1.4 Manual (4- and 5-door)  R 228 995.00
Rio 1.4 Auto (4- and 5-door) R 241 995.00
Rio 1.4 TEC Manual (3-, 4- and 5-door) R 241 995.00
Rio 1.4 TEC Auto (3-, 4- and 5-door)  R 254 995.00

A sunroof is standard on the new Rio 1.4 TEC three-door, but is available as a R7 000 option on the four and five-door TEC.models.

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