TEST DRIVE: KIA RIO

CLEO (Malaysia) - - ROAD RULES -

The Kia Rio comes in a range of colours that com­ple­ment its sleek and sexy look. It even has an al­most men­ac­ing crouch to it! Its lines and curves are smooth and stylish, and this is car­ried for­ward into the in­te­rior as well. Dark, clean and neat, its in­side gives the driver as much joy as the ex­te­rior. The sound qual­ity is also spec­tac­u­lar with its six-speaker en­ter­tain­ment unit. There’s also con­nec­tiv­ity for Blue­tooth, iPod or iPhone, and AUX ca­bles along­side its CD and MP3 player and ra­dio.

If there’s one thing that is to be adored in this car, it is the space. Com­fort is no is­sue in the Rio where there is more than enough leg room for a tall per­son. The spa­cious back seat al­lows up to three peo­ple to be seated com­fort­ably. The gen­er­ous trunk space can be ex­panded in­stan­ta­neously with the fold­able rear seat. There is a sun roof in the car too!

Won­der­ing how much power you can get from a 1.4 litre en­gine? We’re telling you it’s a lot! Sur­pris­ingly, for all that power, it’s silent where there is noth­ing more than just a slight purr. The car han­dles well on high­ways and in the city. It’s a light drive so you don’t feel tired af­ter long trips. And be­cause it is a rather low car, it feels safe and sturdy even at high speeds.

The Rio comes with all the good stuff: Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ESC), Anti-Lock Brak­ing Sys­tem (ABS), Elec­tronic Brake-Force Dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD), Brake As­sist Sys­tem (BAS), Trac­tion Con­trol Sys­tem (TCS) and of course, six airbags to make sure that you and your pas­sen­gers are safe at all times.

If you’re look­ing for style, han­dling and com­fort, the Kia Rio 1.4 SX is the car for you!

The Kia Rio 1.4 SX is priced at RM79,888 OTR in­clud­ing insurance.

ROBIN THICKE

SOURCE: IN­VEN­TORS.ABOUT.COM

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