The 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback is a fascinating vehicle. The Korean brand has improved over the years. Each generation has featured impressive progress. The 2018 Kia Rio is no different. The vehicle is a testament to how much this brand has matured with time. Let’s take a closer look at the latest offering.
Compared to the previous model, the 2018 Kio Rio certainly exudes more power. The front end in upright while the shoulder line isn’t anything original. The headlights feature a black painted plastic strip between them, giving rise to an unconventional grille opening. The side-mirrors are located on the A-pillar. Drivers will get to see the powerful look of the car at first glance despite its small size. The manufacturer also claims that the vehicle is 90% new, including the vehicle’s body. The updated design offers a light car with comparatively larger dimensions than its predecessors. Going into the specifics, the weight loss is due to the vehicle making use of high-strength steel in its front structure, roof, and A-pillars.
The interior of the 2018 Kia Rio might not come across as too stylistic for some drivers. However, it does include the usual amenities. The infotainment system has numerous technological features. The switches are easily accessible too. Four passengers can comfortably sit inside. Trying to force a fifth passenger might make things uncomfortable in the backseat. The cargo hold is spacious too.
The vehicle offers a bit of selection for different markets. The 2018 Kio Rio will be available in Europe has a four-door hatchback. Customers in the U.S. will be able to select between the hatchback and a four-door sedan.
The 2018 Kia Rio also features lane-departure warning, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. It also features automated emergency braking and a heated steering wheel. However, some of the features might be exclusive to the European market. The vehicle also features a steering wheel that’s electronically assisted. The new steering allows for better feedback and vehicle control.
Specifics / Performance
BASE PRICE $16,390 MSRP VEHICLE LAYOUT FWD ENGINE DOHC 16-valve 1.2-liter inline-4 HORSEPOWER 83 hp TORQUE 90 lb-ft TOP SPEED 105 mph TRANSMISSION 105 mph DISPLACEMENT 5-speed manual 0-60 MPH 10.5 sec ON SALE IN U.S. Mid 2017
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