HEADED THISWAY

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Market Forces - Paul Gover

KIA RIO SEDAN AND 3-DOOR Un­veiled this week is the ex­tended range of Kia’s Cars­guide Car of the Year win­ner (pic­tured above), which now comes also in sedan and three-door hatch vari­ants. Ex­pect pric­ing to start from the cur­rent car’s $15,270 to around $21,990 for the top­spec sedan. Un­usu­ally for this seg­ment, six speeds are of­fered in both man­ual and au­to­matic. We rec­om­mend the man­ual to get the most of the 1.6-litre petrol four, but you just won’t lis­ten, will you?

HYUNDAI VELOSTER ‘‘Is it a hatch? Is it a van?’’ All right al­ready ... I think we can agree the 2+1 door con­fig­u­ra­tion is a bit dif­fer­ent. But not that dif­fer­ent. Mini might have some­thing to say on that score. Any­way, the ad­mit­tedly pretty nifty-look­ing lit­tle jig­gers are with us next week. Prices are from $23,990 for the 1.6 GDI man­ual to $29,990 for the CDI DCT auto. Add on-roads and $375 for nice paint.

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