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Video: Kia Rio 1.4 TCE Road Test

Deon Schoeman

Hoping to build on the popularity of the previous model, the new KIa Rio has been almost completely redone. The engines and gearboxes are the same, but the chassis, the styling and interior are all new. More importantly, it now has an advantage over the cars it competes against.


Make & Model    Kia Rio 1.4 TEC
Engine    In-line four-cylinder, 1 396cc
Power     74 kW @ 6 300 rpm
Torque    135 Nm @ 4 200 rpm
Power to weight ratio    65,48 kW/ton
Gearbox                        Six-speed manual, FWD
Wheels/tyres                 17-inch alloy, 205/45 R17 tyres

0-100 km/h               11,5 sec
Top speed                176 km/h
Fuel tank capacity    45 litres
Fuel consumption (claimed)  5,8 litres/100km
Operating range (claimed)    776 km
CO2 emissions                     137 g/km

Sophisticated design, good spec and comfort.
Isn’t as much fun as its competition.

Retail price / as tested                      R274 995 / R293 495

Key rivals
Ford Fiesta 5-door 1.0 Titanium        R264 900
Honda Jazz 1.5 Dynamic                  R285 600
Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI Highline    R276 300

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