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Kia Rio X-Line — first test drive

Kia and Hyundai — like Tom and Jerry. Living under the same roof, but dislike each other and constantly trying to pry. Solaris barely second generation began to gain momentum, from the gates of the Kia Rio rolled out the platform, which quickly gained popularity, becoming the best-selling car in the country. Now Kia, not having a model in the lineup of crossover B-class (let’s still not going to call the Soul a crossover), wants to swing Cretu raised Rio hatchback X-Line.

You’ve probably already read the first information about it on our website. This car was born under pressure of the Russian representation of Kia. Our guys persuaded head office in Seoul to lift the hatchback is 10 mm and equipped with plastic covers on the perimeter (China, whose market is also present a similar machine, took the example of Russia, and not Vice versa). Of course, a full-fledged crossover Rio X-Line with the stated ground clearance of 170 mm is not, but purely visually landed in the epicenter of the trend. By the way, the name “X-Line” also we came up with. Yes, and suspension tuning was carried out by Russian engineers.

Rio alive X-Line looks much more harmoniously direct competitors in the face of Renault Sandero Stepway and Lada XRAY. To me personally this car is more reminiscent of the Subaru XV first generation — the one that was produced from 2006 to 2011 and were completed by the Impreza nameplate. The battle with front-wheel drive Krutoy also looks more than real. Wheel base Rio X-Line (2600 mm), even more than the related competitor (2590 mm). But the declared volume of trunk cross-Rio — a lot of 390 litres. For comparison, the Crete — 402 L.

Regular navigation is available only on top-end Premium performance. However, with the support of multimedia system Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in it does not make sense.Regular navigation is available only on top-end Premium performance. However, with the support of multimedia system Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in it does not make sense.

A six-speed automatic is not bad. Prices on auto X-Line 1.4-litre engine start at 814 900 rubles. Two pedal drive option with a more powerful engine is not much more expensive — from 839 900 rubles.A six-speed automatic is not bad. Prices on auto X-Line 1.4-litre engine start at 814 900 rubles. Two pedal drive option with a more powerful engine is not much more expensive — from 839 900 rubles.

The interior of Rio X-Line is no different from the usual interior Rio. The company decided not to bother and abandoned signboards “X-Line” and other accents of contrasting stitching to the seats or steering wheel.The interior of Rio X-Line is no different from the usual interior Rio. The company decided not to bother and abandoned signboards “X-Line” and other accents of contrasting stitching to the seats or steering wheel.

Heated front seats and steering — basic equipment!Heated front seats and steering — basic equipment!

The cross-hatch, like the sedan, with extra charge available heated rear seats.The cross-hatch, like the sedan, with extra charge available heated rear seats.

The bonus, of course, is price. If the initial Creta in komplektaciya Start for 799 900 rubles devoid of air conditioning, heated front seats, leather braid steering wheel and even the trunk lid, the base Rio X-Line for 774 900 it would be. And never mind that there are cheap modifications Rio 1.4-liter 100-horsepower engine. If you believe the factory data, acceleration to hundreds of X-Line c this motor will give way to 1.6 litre Crete only half a second. And previous experience with the Rio sedan proves, the starting motor, in General, enough.

In colors there are two new colors — Siena brown Brown and Ice white (now only nine). However, the so-called communications “promotional” selected color orange, Sunset Orange. As before, Kia is not taking extra for metallic paint.In colors there are two new colors — Siena brown Brown and Ice white (now only nine). However, the so-called communications “promotional” selected color orange, Sunset Orange. As before, Kia is not taking extra for metallic paint.

For a first journalistic experience representatives of Kia have identified two top modification Rio X-Line — Prestige AV and Premium. Both are equipped with 1.6-liter engine capacity of 123 power, and the difference, besides the characteristics of the finish (salon Premium version upholstered in leatherette) and a small external differences (tail lights Premium led), is reduced to the use of tyres of different dimensions. At Prestige AV on the factory installed tires 185/65 R15, 195/55 R16 Premium gets. As it turned out after a test drive of both versions, the difference is more than noticeable.

The front seats — as on the sedan. Claims to the profile or the rigidity of the gasket is not. Leatherette upholstery is the prerogative of top version Premium. Price fully Packed Rio X-Line — 1 024 900 rubles.The front seats — as on the sedan. Claims to the profile or the rigidity of the gasket is not. Leatherette upholstery is the prerogative of top version Premium. Price fully Packed Rio X-Line — 1 024 900 rubles.

The roof over the heads of rear passengers X-Line raised by 40 mm compared to the sedan. Width and room for the knees, respectively, the parity.The roof over the heads of rear passengers X-Line raised by 40 mm compared to the sedan. Width and room for the knees, respectively, the parity.

After the first kilometers behind the wheel of a Rio X-Line on 16-inch wheels was hard to believe their feelings! I remember how recklessly operated and how reliably clings to the arc Rio sedan, and here is a blank wheel with the blurred “zero”, change direction on a straight and hard “pristavki” poop on the most innocuous of road joints. Usually this difference in behavior is not nearly treated by installing thicker profile tyres, so I started to think about the incompetence of Russian engineers. This is necessary so to spoil the car!

The declared volume of trunk Rio X-Line — 390 litres. For comparison: Hyundai Creta — 402 l, Lada XRAY — 361 litre. Renault Sandero Stepway — 320 litres.The declared volume of trunk Rio X-Line — 390 litres. For comparison: Hyundai Creta — 402 l, Lada XRAY — 361 litre. Renault Sandero Stepway — 320 litres.

And even greater surprise I experienced when I moved to Rio X-Line 15-inch wheels with the same “Velcro” Nokian Hakkapeliitta and realized that the engineers need to apologize. In this configuration, Rio, X-Line rides almost as good as the family sedan. Manage incomparably nicer than Exream or Sandero Stepway. And Yes, on the pavement, he clearly rides no worse than Creta. And — regardless of the type of rear suspension crossover Hyundai.

X-Line excellent on tire dimension 185/65 R15 and 195/55 R16 terrible. I do not remember the other car, which so dramatically affected by one inch.X-Line excellent on tire dimension 185/65 R15 and 195/55 R16 terrible. I do not remember the other car, which so dramatically affected by one inch.

On the road, the energy-Rio X-Line, in General, sufficient, but to conduct the correspondence of the comparison with competitors is a bit more complicated. It seems to me, on the ride to Crete and new Sandero Kia still falls short. However frankly not to overdo it with the speed, suspension Kia is not easy to make fire on the rebound. And rigidity from Rio X-Line did all right. During diagonal display the fifth door warps slightly, but closes it without any problems. The Affairs of Crete in similar conditions the situation is somewhat worse.

Wheelbase cross-hatch Rio X-line is 2600 mm — just like the sedan. Wheelbase Cretu shorter than 10 mm, Lada XRAY — 8 mm, Sandero Stepway — 11 mm. the Wheelbase of the cross-hatch Rio X-line is 2600 mm — just like the sedan. Wheelbase Cretu shorter than 10 mm, Lada XRAY — 8 mm, Sandero Stepway — 11 mm.

In the rest of Rio X-Line is the same Rio-sedan with well known advantages and disadvantages. Cross-hatch the same in European stylish interior made from a tough, but pleasant enough for the type of plastic, the same level of noise reduction, which is clearly not enough, if you spin the engine above 4500 rpm. And yet — almost as bright market prospects, because even the basic model Rio X-Line is a full — fledged, ready-to-use car. Quite adequate for the price. The main thing — do not chase appearance and not use low profile tires.

Kia Rio X-Line — first test drive

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Kia Rio X-Line — first test drive

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