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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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Thanks to my day job at Kelley Blue Book, I drive and review lots of cars. This 2021 Kia Sorento is one of them. The Kia Sorento is a not-quite midsize SUV that competes with the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and perhaps the 7-seat VW Tiguan. In this video, my wife, daughter, and test a 2021 Kia Sorento to review its positives and negatives from a family perspective.

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2021 Kia Sorento

2.5L 4-Cyl Turbo
281hp, 311 lb-ft

8sp Automatic Transmission
21city/28hwy AWD

Base: $29,390 plus dest.
As-Tested: $42,790 X-Line SX Prestige

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Is the Kia Rio a great first car, or an ideal hatchback to downsize to? And if you’re considering a Rio, what’s the right trim to buy? There are base models, mid-tier Sports and the Rio GT-Line in the lineup, with different engines and gearboxes available. The Kia Rio competes with the Mazda 2, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia in Australia, but is the Kia the car to buy in this tough segment?

In today’s video, John takes a detailed look at the top-shelf Kia Rio GT-Line DCT automatic to give you detailed insights about this vehicle.

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The Kia Picanto is sticking around in an ever-shrinking segment shunned by Aussie buyers.

To some degree it’s fair enough. What works on the streets of Seoul or Tokyo doesn’t always translate well to our great expanses here in Australia, but if you’re sticking to a metro capital, isn’t the Picanto all the car you really need?

We’ve tested the refreshed for 2021 Picanto range for this test, from the base S manual, to the GT-Line auto. We weren’t able to sample the updated version of the top-spec three-cylinder GT manual, as it arrives later in the year.

What did we make of it? Both cars were driven several hundred kilometres over a weekly test, and were analysed for their value, design, practicality, fuel consumption, drive experience around town and on the freeway, as well as how they stack up on the warranty and safety front.

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