Kia Rio: Six-speed manual or four-speed auto?
Manual or automatic? With the new Kia Rio, we know which one we prefer. By
automatic. As a result, many times with the Kia we found ourselves either chugging along in slightly too high a gear, or revving too much in slightly too low a gear.
The transmission can be operated manually Tiptronicstyle, and it also has to be said that the Rio’s engine seemed to absolutely enjoy being revved out in lower gears. But come on – only four gears? It’s the one big miss with this otherwise excellent car.
The Rio is built on a new platform that is shared with the Hyundai i20. Slightly larger than the model it replaces, it is a nice drive, featuring suspension settings that have been tuned for the Australasian driving environment.
At the LX level there is quite heavy use of hard plastic and the seats are covered in a black cloth, while the Limited offers considerably higher specification that includes soft-touch materials, leather upholstery, proximity key and keyless start, rain-sensing wipers, and navigation. Both models have a 7-inch tablet-style touch screen, and both are set up for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
They’re both very good little vehicles for their prices. But Kia – how about a couple more ratios in that automatic?