It’s party time in Rio

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On The Web - Ged­bul­mer, Man­ag­ing Editor

The Kia Rio is Cars­guide’s 2011 Car of the Year.

The hand­some hatch­back con­firms just how far the Korean brand has come since es­tab­lish­ing it­self here with the hum­ble Ceres in 1992. The Rio is the sec­ond Korean car to win our award, fol­low­ing Hyundai’s i30 in 2007. We’re cer­tain it won’t be the last. De­liv­er­ing an im­pres­sive blend of per­for­mance, safety, tech­nol­ogy and econ­omy at a fair price, the Rio im­pressed our judges with its all-round drive­abil­ity, us­abil­ity and in­her­ent qual­ity.

It’s a great lit­tle car and one we’re proud to en­dorse as the pick of a hugely com­pet­i­tive 2011 field.

To claim COTY gold, the lit­tle hatch first had to make our Top 10 from the more than 60 new cars re­leased in 2011, and from there prove it­self against nine other fi­nal­ists. The story of how each fared is told in the fol­low­ing pages.

But there can be only one Cars­guide Car of the Year in 2011 and it’s the bowser and bud­get-friendly Kia Rio that rightly holds the spot on the podium this year.

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