It’s party time in Rio
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.