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The new Kia Rio SI – in a class of its own

March, 2012




The Kia Rio SI hatchback has officially landed, and it’s packed full of features and gadgets to truly place it ahead of the 5-door hatchback pack. If you’re looking for a hatchback with a little more room and plenty of features, you may have found the right model for you.


The latest offering from Kia’s design guru and ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer, the Kia Rio SI has a significantly longer wheelbase, making it larger than other cars in its class. The six-speed auto and 1.6 litre direct injection engine are also in a class of their own, and with 16 inch alloys and local suspension tuning, the SI provides a firm, comfortable ride over a variety of road surfaces.


Kia – vehicles with standout standard safety features


Standard safety features for the 2012 Rio range include six airbags, electronic stability control, brake assist, hill-start assist, ABS brakes and electronic brake-force distribution, forming part of Kia’s new Vehicle Stability Management system.


Although the car is too new to be rated, Kia is expecting the maximum five star ANCAP safety rating when their barrier testing is completed.


In terms of other standard features, there are enough goodies to keep even the most tech-savvy drivers happy. Bluetooth, iPod and USB connectivity are all controlled from the steering wheel, and cruise control is also standard along with daytime-running lights, projection front headlights, static cornering lamps and auto light control.


Ahead of the crowd


No longer is the light car just a form of basic transportation. Kia’s 2012 Rio truly shifts the goal posts in terms of dynamics, style, performance and equipment.


Like all Kias, a major factor in Rio’s undoubted success in the car sales world will be value-for-money. The new Rio SI gives you a lot of car for your money and a real premium feel every time you open the door and climb inside.



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