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2017 Kia Rio Hatchback: Bigger and Better-Looking
Slick looks and a growth spurt highlight the all-new Rio hatch.

Kia will use the Paris auto show to unveil the handsome, all-new fourth-generation Rio. The slightly lower and wider new Rio has a square-jawed look that was a global effort, Kia says, with designers in Germany and California working in cooperation with their counterparts at the company’s headquarters in South Korea. Since the French won’t receive the Rio sedan, Kia is showing off only the versatile Rio hatchback in Paris. We’ll have to wait to see how these slick new looks translate to a three-box shape.

Regardless, all Rio derivatives are expected to ride on the same 101.6-inch wheelbase, marking an additional 0.4 inch between the front and rear wheels. For the hatch, overall length grows by 0.6 inch to 160 overall. Thanks to its longer wheelbase and more upright cabin design, we expect the new Rio to sport a modest bump to most, if not all, calculated interior dimensions.

Occupants will be treated to an interior that builds upon the design themes seen in the larger Kia Optima and Cadenza. The Rio’s dash now angles toward the driver and includes a “floating” infotainment system that protrudes slightly. In Europe, at least, Kia also will offer the Rio with a “Red Pack” with red-colored faux-leather seats.

Kia also isn’t sharing details about the Rio’s powertrain yet. Although Europeans likely will be able to choose among a handful of mills, U.S.-spec Rios probably will be limited to a single small four-cylinder engine that may add a few horsepower and miles per gallon; the current car has 138 horsepower and EPA ratings of 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. (We’d also dig a turbocharged, performance-oriented Rio fitted with Kia’s 1.6T engine, but there’s no indication such a model is in the works.) A manual transmission probably will be standard, although an optional automatic likely will be the more efficient choice.

European production starts at the end of the year, but Kia has yet to announce any time frame for the rest of the world. Given that the 2016 Rio introduced a handful of mid-cycle changes to Kia’s subcompact sedan and hatchback, we don’t expect to see the all-new Rio in the States until sometime in 2017, perhaps as a 2018 model.
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In this episode we drive the all-new Kia Soul 1.6 diesel automatic. Can it match stiff competition from the likes of the Nissan Juke and the pricey yet sparsely spaced MINI Countryman?

With a new quality interior and brand new exterior (yes, we know, it might not look it) the Soul looks like it’s up for the challenge.

At R346 995 it isn’t cheap, but it does come fully loaded with kit and it does have one trump card though over the Juke and Countryman – it has genuine interior practicality and family load space.

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2019 KIA Stinger GT1, rear wheel drive lining up with a BMW 440i, Tesla Model 3 Performance, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (8 or 9), and a Subaru WRX for some 1/4 mile drag racing at the Go Fast Life event at Edgewater Sports Park, May 23, 2021.

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The new-generation Cerato is a milestone model for Kia. The first to wear its updated corporate ID, and designed to capture a bigger piece of the small car market, even as potential buyers are swamped by the ever-stronger SUV wave. And to make things even more interesting an all-new Golf has arrived at the same time. Does it have what it takes?

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If you have around $65,000 (US$50,000) to spend on a new 7-seat SUV, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2021 Kia Sorento always pop up in conversation. Despite being quite similar, is one of them better than the other?

This is a new comparison format that we’re trialling, where we put the two cars up against each other head-to-head to see which is better. Paul Maric gets behind the wheel of both to see if there’s a clear winner. We’re open to feedback on this format, so let us know whether you like it or not in the comments section below. If you do like it, which cars would you like compared next?

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Exterior – Santa Fe 00:57
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Exterior – Verdict 05:39
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Interior – Verdict 10:04
Infotainment – Santa Fe 10:53
Infotainment – Sorento 12:16
Infotainment – Verdict 14:20
Safety Tech 14:45
Practicality – Santa Fe 15:19
Practicality – Sorento 19:57
Practicality – Verdict 25:50
Driving – Santa Fe 26:22
Driving – Sorento 30:53
Driving – Verdict 36:15
Overall verdict 36:43

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The days of very complete and comfortable cars that start at less than $15,000 can seem like a thing of the past, along with floppy disks, pagers and “Night Court” marathons. After all, the amount of tech that goes into the cars of today has pushed the price of entry to the point where it seems at least $20,000 is needed to get into something that can haul itself, some groceries and you in style — or, in lieu of style, at least some inoffensive champagne-colored anonymity.

Kia is about to challenge this notion with the fourth-generation Rio, which lands later this year with an impressive list of real-car accommodations, a peppy engine and some positively retro 1990s pricing.

The Rio has occupied the entry-level, college-car niche long enough to be familiar to most people when they see it, even though non-owners probably only notice them on rental car lots. The Rio has been fine with its position in life, and Kia has been fine with it as well — they’ve been selling tons for the past 17 years. The 2018 model does not lose sight of this fact, but it does try to deliver much more than one could have hoped not long ago, in one of the most affordable cars sold in the U.S.

First things first: the Rio is powered a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injected four-cylinder engine pumping out 130 hp and 119 lb-ft of torque, with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic driving the front wheels. The Rio has adopted Kia’s current design language — overseen by ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer — along with a brash look that is distinctive and upscale, with the slightly angry face European automakers now favor. That’s not by accident; the current Rio was developed with the European market in mind, and it has to please customers in dozens of countries — that means it can’t get away with catering only to American-size roads and parking spots.

The Rio will be offered as a five-door hatch and as a four-door sedan. Photo by Autoweek

What’s underneath it all? Kia is going heavy on high-strength steel, using it judiciously throughout the structure to improve tensile strength by 30 percent compared to the outgoing model, while also working hard to get NVH down to a minimum. With a revised suspension geometry featuring MacPherson struts up front and a torsion-beam setup in the back, the engineers have aimed to reduce roll in the corners while offering a ride quality optimized for decrepit road infrastructure, but also road manners that won’t embarrass the car on some twisty back roads.

Kia has also given the Rio sedan and hatch a modern and premium-feeling interior that uses plenty of soft-touch plastics and a modern infotainment system — Kia’s UVO3, which offers voice recognition and smartphone integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with 5.0-inch and 7.0-inch screen sizes, depending on trim. A new and well-sculpted dash design aims to look expensive and entertaining at the same time.

For utility, the Rio sedan offers 13.7 cubic feet of cargo room, while the hatch betters those numbers with 17.4 cubic feet with the seats in their upright and locked positions; that grows to 32.5 feet with the seats folded down. When it comes to safety, the Rio comes standard with six airbags, stability control and available forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, the latter two offered only in the top EX trim.

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In this video, we will do a drag race and also do a 0 to 100-speed test between Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage Awd Features, Specs, and Price
Hyundai Tucson offered in 2 variants, the GLS Sport and the Ultimate. Both feature a naturally aspirated 2.0 Liter 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes a maximum 155 horsepower and 196 Newton/Meters of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. However, there are some key differences between the two variants. The GLS Sport features a front-wheel-drive (FWD) drivetrain and fabric seats. While the Ultimate variant features an all-wheel-drive (AWD) drivetrain as well as leather seats.
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We drive the Kia Picanto hatchback and see what this small car is like to drive.

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2021 Kia Sorento review by The Straight Pipes. The 2021 Kia Sorento SX is pumping out 281hp and 311 lb-ft tq from a 2.5L Turbo 4 cylinder. At $47,745 CAD, would you take it over a Kia Telluride, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Palisade, Honda Pilot, Honda CRV, Nissan Rogue, Toyota Highlander, Ford Edge?

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The Kia Rio has been around for a number of years and has certainly proven to be popular with buyers in SA with it’s combination of being a basic B-segment hatch yet still offering a touch of sportiness in a category that can often be described as basic, but boring transport devices instead of drivers cars.

A minor facelift late last year introduced minor changes especially at the front but the big news was the addition of the 1.4LS version as tested here.

Previously, the entry model to the range was the only version powered by a 1.2L engine and all other models benefiting from a 1.4. Now, the larger engine is available in combination with the most basic LS specification level.

However, don’t be put off by the lowest spec level, unlike the days of yore, basic still provides plenty of items that would have only appeared on top models a few years ago.

The LS spec still includes many items like infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, electric windows front and rear, auto-locking on pull-off, auto-on headlights, air conditioning, 2 airbags and ABS brakes.

A few items that are missing could include a full size spare wheel instead of a space-saver and a reverse camera on the infotainment screen but this is obviously done to create a value proposition.

The 1.4L 4 cylinder engine gives 73kW and 135NM to the front wheels through a 6 speed manual gearbox, appreciated in the entry level model. The engine is smooth and definitely has enough power for all driving circumstances, including overtaking even if this requires dropping a gear using the very pleasant gearshift with an easy and light action.

Fuel economy is excellent with the Rio showing 5.8L/100km after a good mix of urban driving plus our regular weekend cruise for open road consumption. Another area that was pleasantly surprising was the general feel while pushing on a bit through the twisties to Hartebeespoort when the car handled excellently overall, even when I increased the pace a bit.

Currently priced at R291 995, this includes a 4 year/ 60 000km service plan.


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The fourth-gen Kia Sorento, oooooh, it’s here and looks good.
This midsize crossover competes in a category that is mega like the young people say these days. Or do they say fire? Who knows? Anyway, the likes of the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, VW Atlas, and Nissan Pathfinder are all trying to garner your three-row, seven-passenger duckets.
Well, with the Sorento, Kia’s got a real shot here for myriad reasons.
First, look at it. The fourth-generation redesign stands out as handsome. This SUV looks more expensive than it is and 100% not embarrassing when idling in the drop-off line at school. It’s got less of a blobby crossover tilt and leans more sporty and athletic.
The new chassis the Sorento rides on makes it 1.4-inches longer and its overall stance makes it look wider, more planted, and ready for some action.
Head inside and the Sorento looks just as strong in here as it does outside. The Sorento comes in configurations for 6 or 7 depending on if you opt for captain’s chairs in the second row. I say opt away. They look great.
Fit and finishes look upscale and expensive. Seats are comfortable, so are elbows.
There’s good cargo space behind the second row (38.4 cubic feet) though the third row if you’re toting around extra humans (12.6-cubic feet) isn’t much to write home about.
I fit comfortably in the front and in the rear seats. If you’re wanting a more spacious third-row maybe check out the Telluride. You’re just going to get more size there.
Four available powertrain options propel the Sorento. All are 4-cylinder models, so no more V6 with great towing capacity, unfortunately. The base model gets a 2.5-liter inline 4. It makes good power (191 hp/181 lb-ft torque) and is mated to a conventional 8-speed automatic transmission. A turbo-charged version of that 2.5 (281 hp/311 lb-ft torque) squeezes out some beaucoup juice.
A hybrid with a turbo 1.6-liter 4 and a 44kW electric motor (227 hp combined) as well as a PHEV (261 hp combined) that shows up this model year, round out the stable.
All these engines provide improved fuel economy numbers over the previous generation’s numbers. (2.5 I4: FWD 24 mpg city/29 mpg HWY; 2.5 Turbo: FWD 22 mpg city/29 HWY; 1.6 Hybrid: 39 mpg city/35 hwy; PHEV: 30-mile pure electric range)
The Sorento is an exceedingly drivable SUV. While this newer version gets lots of comparisons to the larger Telluride this one feels quicker and more responsive. Especially with this 2.5 L turbocharged 4-cyl engine.
the automatic transmission it mates to doles out power efficiently and judiciously. It really makes me appreciate a transmission that still cares about performance, not just fuel economy.
As for visibility, the Sorento is livable. Even though it gets a sporty look, the roof isn’t so sloped and the c-pillars aren’t so thick that it sacrifices your view.
Kia’s putting together great driving packages in all their new vehicles and the Sorento stays in lockstep nicely.
Dynamically this is one of the more fun small midsize SUVs to drive. Especially with the bigger engine. Though I will say the engine note sounds more like you’re revving an angry sewing machine than a supercar. Meh, Kia can’t have it all, guys.
It does have drive modes for sport and snow so you get lots of different capabilities especially if you opt for AWD.
Standard safety features abound with Kia’s Drive Wise suite of safety features. Automatic emergency braking, rear occupant alert, lane-keep assist, and lane-following assist come in that package. More advanced features including cyclist detection, highway-driving assist, surround view monitor and blind-spot monitoring will cost more on higher trim levels.
Pricing on the new Sorento starts at $29, 390, not including destination fees. The SX Prestiege starts at $40,590.
Add $2000 for the AWD X-Line package this one has. That’s a lot of car for a really good price.
Speaking of a tricked out Sorento will get you a 10.25-inch infotainment system with navigation, leather interior, heated and ventilated front seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and front and rear parking sensors.
By comparison, the base model isn’t chintzy with LED headlights, an 8-inch display, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included with Kia’s Drive Wise.
The Hybrid comes standard with heated front seats covered in Syntex fabric, Smart Key with push-button and remote start as well as dual-zone climate control. The PHEV gets an all-wheel drive standard.
Oh, this segment is chock full of options, and if you’re shopping for a family SUV you can either be grateful for the choices or overwhelmed by them. The Kia Sorento is a solid one with snazzy styling and great tech options. Happy hunting.

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0:45 Exterior
1:13 Interior
2:24 Engine Options
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