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Kia Rio X-Line vs SW Vesta Cross and Renault Sandero Stepway

Two cross-hatchback and cross-universal: they give the car changing the body and the prefix “cross”.


You must get this a lot too sometimes — when you don’t know how to handle the car. As a boy or as a girl? In some places in the world “advancement” crossed the line and officially launched on the third floor. Maybe it? The move is not always defined.

With the heroes of our test, I too understood not at once. This brand new Kia Rio X-Line 1.6 (123 HP) 6-speed manual transmission for 834 thousand rubles. Its main competitor — Lada Vesta SW Cross. We took it with engine 1.8 (122 HP) paired with 5-speed manual transmission. A rare case: a domestic car is the most expensive in the test: 842 thousand rubles! Trio complements a long-standing player in the segment of cross-hatchbacks — the Renault Sandero Stepway (830 thousand rubles) with the motor 1.6 (113 HP) and a 5-speed manual transmission.

X-Line allows you to disable e-collar to actively slip on peresechenke. But the joy spoils the modest ground clearance — all the way Kia is crawling on his belly.X-Line allows you to disable e-collar to actively slip on peresechenke. But the joy spoils the modest ground clearance — all the way Kia is crawling on his belly.

Calibrated to the inflection Vesta does not apply to soil “lower lip”. And underneath a solid stock.Calibrated to the inflection Vesta does not apply to soil “lower lip”. And underneath a solid stock.

The outside of the asphalt Stepway stopping so I don’t have traction control, although the potential of the machine above: accessibility is excellent.The outside of the asphalt Stepway stopping so I don’t have traction control, although the potential of the machine above: accessibility is excellent.

Rio X-Line

The hatchback based sedan Rio. The engines are the same: 1.4 and 1.6, paired with a six-speed mechanics or machine. The Assembly plant in St. Petersburg.

ENGINES: gasoline:1.4 (100 HP) — 784 900 RUB 1.6 (123 HP) from 809 900 rubles.

Vesta SW Cross

“Jumper” version appeared simultaneously with the usual universal SW — two years after the sedan. Engines — 1.6 and 1.8, box — five-speed mechanics and the robot AMT.

ENGINES: petrol:1.6 (106 HP) — 770 900 RUB 1.8 (122 HP) — from 795 900 RUB.

Sandero Stepway

Sold the end of 2014. Engines with eight or sixteen valves. Box — five-speed mechanic and four-speed automatic. Assembly on the main conveyor of AVTOVAZ.

ENGINES: petrol: 1.6 (82 HP) — 659 1 990 RUB.6 (113 HP) — from 699 1 990 RUB.6 (102 HP) — 729 990 RUB.

Ladies man

In relation to the X-line I have no doubt: discarding “portfolio” of the trunk, the clerk has become a fashionable guy. Casual style, long live the blazer and the shoes! Thank Luggage rails! United thin red stripe tail lights even more appropriate than in the sedan. Good and plastic kit with elegant chrome inserts in the bumpers.

The amount of change in the cabin compared to the sedan is multiplied by zero. Get in the car with your eyes closed — and open them, will never understand what it’s Rio: the sedan or primadonny X-Line. The same panel moved down from down multimediasystem, the same tidy with white scales and red needles, the same seat — a moderately dense, with good, but still not perfect profile.

On the test machine panel modest. From the top of the devices Supervision it is characterized by a simplified Central display. Informative these devices is the best in our trio.On the test machine panel modest. From the top of the devices Supervision it is characterized by a simplified Central display. Informative these devices is the best in our trio.

To ergonomics issues is almost there, except that the screen multimedia system could be placed in a line with the dashboard. The best organization podsosonnogo space — Kia: a convenient platform for smart phone,
two sockets 12 V. To ergonomics issues is almost there, except that the screen multimedia system could be placed in a line with the dashboard. The best organization podsosonnogo space — Kia: a convenient platform for smart phone,
two sockets 12 V.

Luxe — the most expensive performance cars with a manual transmission, but an entertainment center with a small display and buttons.Luxe — the most expensive performance cars with a manual transmission, but an entertainment center with a small display and buttons.

The originality of the execution unit of the air conditioner Kia the best. Even the display is brighter in Sunny weather to see anything heavy.The originality of the execution unit of the air conditioner Kia the best. Even the display is brighter in Sunny weather to see anything heavy.

In addition to the two-stage heated seats on a X-line has a heated steering wheel, something the rivals don’t offer in principle.In addition to the two-stage heated seats on a X-line has a heated steering wheel, something the rivals don’t offer in principle.

Rear passengers the swap went good. Less sloping roof gave more air on the head. But the legs are still closely: passenger growth of 190 cm, sitting behind an equally tall driver, all the way to hold the knees of the back of the front seat.

And with Luggage — no problems. For the hatchback b‑class “storage” with a capacity of 300 liters-plus — good indicator. Sorry, no underground, no hooks, no. We are completely spoiled!

Calling “parquet” decor can’t hide the truth — X-Line closer to a hatchback than a crossover.

Kia seats are well contoured, but still inferior westawski. And it’s not just the lack of lumbar adjustment of the focus, but in a sub-optimal profile of the backrest.Kia seats are well contoured, but still inferior westawski. And it’s not just the lack of lumbar adjustment of the focus, but in a sub-optimal profile of the backrest.

Back row Kia is a bit looser than the Renault, but completely losing pestovskogo. Tall person it is hard to sit “behind”.Back row Kia is a bit looser than the Renault, but completely losing pestovskogo. Tall person it is hard to sit “behind”.

Performed Luxe no Central armrest. The tunnel linked a good idea — has deep Cup holders and a couple of offices.Performed Luxe no Central armrest. The tunnel linked a good idea — has deep Cup holders and a couple of offices.

Ground clearance of 155 mm and for passenger cars great call. However, to radically raise the car, would not only change the dampers and springs, but also to reconfigure the suspension. For such expenses the Koreans are not ready yet.

It is logical to expect from the hatch with a small rear overhang greater agility, but no. Suspension a little “dismissed”, so X-Line in turns heel more than the sedan. Although hatch willingly writes an arc, and the weight on the wheel (not devoid of synthetic flavor) correct and timely, the impression remains blurred.

Soft shocks affected the ride, which is primarily noticeable on the grader. Cross “washboard” is filtered well, and with a large caliber at Rio special problems does not arise. But to say that running omnivorous and absolutely impenetrable – so much palter. On smooth primer should not meddle. On the virgin snow X-Line rubs the belly, on the descent with a bend tends to stretch the delicate pseudochromidae lip bumper into the ground.

The Rio’s trunk is quite roomy for the class: 320 litres, according to our technique. But extra features like pockets and hooks no.The Rio’s trunk is quite roomy for the class: 320 litres, according to our technique. But extra features like pockets and hooks no.

Under the floor — full spare tire. And that’s all! For additional branches, has no place.Under the floor — full spare tire. And that’s all! For additional branches, has no place.

On the power Rio X-Line is not different from sedan. The cashier will do a 1.6‑liter Gamma engine (this is on the test car), but perhaps paired with a six-speed mechanics. Meanwhile, box is very nice. Gently “cut” the transmission range does not allow the motor to fail at switching. Another would be the force on the lever more… the Weightlessness of the management bodies not to everyone’s liking. Anyway, the tandem 123‑horsepower engine and manual box cheerfully disperse a small hatchback.

Every flight arrow of a tachometer to the red line is accompanied not only by the accompaniment of a motor road the noise is still isolated so-so. And felt roof bars that actively disturb the air after 100 km/h.

With brakes from Rio full order — and with extreme slowdown and informative drive: desiresi stress without problems. Against this background, it is surprising nervousness in the mixed doubles: X-Line slightly tries to turn across the longitudinal axis, it is necessary to taxi up.

Red

Lada is a girl! Beautiful, sassy. Vesta, and in the performance of the Cross – one of the most beautiful women from Togliatti of all time. If the exterior of the sedan still had questions in connection with high clearance and massive stern, the version Cross is the image of a stylish and finished. And red “Martian” metallic car to face.

Orange elements have enlivened the interior of hard plastic. To the layout of the workplace no questions. But the space under the center console could be organized better. Unlike Grants and Kalina, Vesta’s menu multimedia system is replete with colors. But when the logic of the control system is not added points.Orange elements have enlivened the interior of hard plastic. To the layout of the workplace no questions. But the space under the center console could be organized better. Unlike Grants and Kalina, Vesta’s menu multimedia system is replete with colors. But when the logic of the control system is not added points.

In version Cross scales are of a red color. To the radial markings can still be used, but to a strange algorithm reset trip computer — no.In version Cross scales are of a red color. To the radial markings can still be used, but to a strange algorithm reset trip computer — no.

Block climate control news: two rotating controller display and buttons. Heated windshield is not tied to the blowout, and it was good.Block climate control news: two rotating controller display and buttons. Heated windshield is not tied to the blowout, and it was good.

With the advent of the station wagon heated front seats got three degrees of intensity.With the advent of the station wagon heated front seats got three degrees of intensity.

Inside no revelations — a familiar interior, but with red “dirt” notes. And what a landing! Vazovtsy managed to make not just the best seat in our trio, but one of the best in the class. Perfectly contoured, with a good range of movement, adjustable lumbar abutment and excellent lateral support. Against this background, even forget that in the small Cup holder not holding a bottle of mineral water and cheap power window buttons are from the General to plant the bottomless box.

In the issue of comfort rear passengers Vesta looks good even in comparison with larger machines of a Golf class, and close with classmates — and at the Queen. Space enough for all coordinates. The center armrest? All right. Heated rear seats too. And the trunk with the underground and numerous additional offices and a hook — like from an Ikea catalog.

Seat the Frets not only the best in this test — they are among the best in the class. A good profile of the cushion and backrest is reinforced with a distinct lateral support and adjustment of a lumbar emphasis.Seat the Frets not only the best in this test — they are among the best in the class. A good profile of the cushion and backrest is reinforced with a distinct lateral support and adjustment of a lumbar emphasis.

Rear passengers to be comfortable regardless of growth.Rear passengers to be comfortable regardless of growth.

A rear-seat Central armrest with Cup holders.A rear-seat Central armrest with Cup holders.

Passengers Vesta offered heated seats and charging for mobile devices.Passengers Vesta offered heated seats and charging for mobile devices.

The weaker sex Fret not my friend. The traditional slot machine, and the robot turns the news into a real bitch. A five-speed mechanics (and is the male choice) pleased with the clear switches, but transfer stretched more than in the Kia. Well, that 1.8‑litre engine ready to pull from the low revs. But the ragged nature, which I abused in the test with the usual universal SW Vesta (ZR, No. 12, 2017), there is not noticed. Again affected by the variation in build quality? Cross accelerates steadily, without gaps, albeit without enthusiasm at the top. From Kia, of course, behind — the extra half ton curb weight into a ditch not throw.

Cargo compartment Vesta expected the most expensive in our test — we measured it 372 litres. Reinforce the impression of various pockets, hooks and netting.Cargo compartment Vesta expected the most expensive in our test — we measured it 372 litres. Reinforce the impression of various pockets, hooks and netting.

Not only has a full spare but and additional compartments for tripe.Not only has a full spare but and additional compartments for tripe.

Under the raised floor — a convenient organizer that is easy to remove, thus increasing the trunk volume.Under the raised floor — a convenient organizer that is easy to remove, thus increasing the trunk volume.

For handling “excess weight” is not affected. Clearly, Vesta Cross inferior to sedans in refinement of manners. But only slightly. Cross reacts to the steering, and I thank the designers for a transparent feedback. Machine will not go for no reason out of turn and the expected puts stern under the discharge gas. On direct universal even more stable than that for long trips a definite benefit. And when braking on a mixed doubles it does not. Although the average drive pedal is inferior to the descriptiveness of the Korean — dosing deceleration more difficult.

If handling between the X-Lyne and message parity out asphalt Fret manifests itself in all its glory. On the grader it is completely cool, while wearing “shoes” of the 17th diameter. Full range of road tricks filters omnivorous suspension. Of the pits you recognize only the sound of silent suspension to do not yet learned. Offroad Vesta more convincing — an impact nearly 50 mm difference in clearance (200 mm according to our measurements). Vesta plows steadfastly virgin snow and only occasionally touches the snow bottom. The descent, where Rio came up against the bumper, Lada has passed with incredible chutzpah and a good stock. Console Cross justified on all hundred.

Third floor

Sandero Stepway — an old resident among the raised hatchbacks, and in the second generation. Experience is a great thing, and the second “off-road” Sandero looks cool: it is much closer to the crossover than the X-Line. We measured 205 mm under the bottom! But open the door and in the nose beat vibes “logrotate”.

A simple cabin is pleasant only from a distance — it’s better not to look. Plastic not even trying to hide its budget. Buttons scattered anyhow. And no the space between the front seats. And the seats — Logan, formless. Coupled with the adjustable, just tilt the wheel it hurts and ergonomics, and as the driver in the long run.

Salon Renault depressive. Frankly budget materials, compartments for little things, ergonomics is not tarnished adjustable reach the wheel. Top-end multimedia system with touchscreen display is simple but easy to use. Graphics is not bad for a machine in this class. Difficulty may cause only a push-button volume control.Salon Renault depressive. Frankly budget materials, compartments for little things, ergonomics is not tarnished adjustable reach the wheel. Top-end multimedia system with touchscreen display is simple but easy to use. Graphics is not bad for a machine in this class. Difficulty may cause only a push-button volume control.

The instrument panel is more colorful than the Sandero of the first generation, but dividing the risks and prevent read out the information. Blue display looks like an alien.The instrument panel is more colorful than the Sandero of the first generation, but dividing the risks and prevent read out the information. Blue display looks like an alien.

The climate control Renault no display mode is selected is determined by light indication. This is inconvenient, since the power is very low.The climate control Renault no display mode is selected is determined by light indication. This is inconvenient, since the power is very low.

Back no better. Tall suffer with knees, shins prevents the frame of the front seats.

The trunk of Renault and the least familiar with total savings on the plastic upholstery. The threshold and the interior of the fifth door shamelessly “flaunt” bare metal.

Unsophisticated seats Renault suffer from amorphous packings and the weakness of lateral support. And the headrests are uncomfortable.Unsophisticated seats Renault suffer from amorphous packings and the weakness of lateral support. And the headrests are uncomfortable.

Second row Sandero does not possess the space. Person growth of 190 cm sit “behind” it will be difficult — nowhere to put my legs.Second row Sandero does not possess the space. Person growth of 190 cm sit “behind” it will be difficult — nowhere to put my legs.

The location of the buttons for heated front seats in a blind spot on the end seats is already a tradition.The location of the buttons for heated front seats in a blind spot on the end seats is already a tradition.

The Stepway has the widest range of engines — three of them. But to combine the motors and boxes will not work. I want the old four-speed automatic? Then in addition — 102‑horsepower 1.6‑liter engine. And 82‑the strongest or most powerful unit 113 HP (like on our machine) there is only mechanics. Maybe it’s for the best?

Participating in the test, the Sandero is very fresh — leaves from Lada and easily competes with Kia. But only until the first turn. Winding road Stepway likes: long driving, slow response to its twists and turns, deep body roll… And when the limit is reached Sandero dramatically loses its orientation, which for an inexperienced driver an unpleasant surprise. The correct jet stress? No, the French have not heard about it.

Sandero takes on Board 280 litres. Underground no. The threshold and the interior of the fifth door is shining bare metal.Sandero takes on Board 280 litres. Underground no. The threshold and the interior of the fifth door is shining bare metal.

Have enough space for a full-sized spare wheel, but that’s all.Have enough space for a full-sized spare wheel, but that’s all.

Patrimony Stepway — beaten by life. It’s the chassis W0 is showing their talents, cheerfully grinding any incidents of our trails. Renault is not inferior to Lade on the grader, and sometimes even surpasses it — thanks to higher profile tires. Still vibration is not transmitted to the steering wheel and seat. This fact spoils the impression of driving on bad roads. But even more upsetting would be traction control. Especially on the virgin snow. Clearance is enough, but electronics stifles appetite and prevents progress. If not for this factor, Sandero Stepway would have been a real front-wheel drive crossover without any discounts. And he’s just a good and understandable to both sexes unisex.

The ice was broken?

Alexander Vinogradov: “the battle with the new Rio is a raised station wagon SW Vesta Cross won with a confident margin. Stepway old, but the furrow does not spoil — and it’s cheaper.”Alexander Vinogradov: “the battle with the new Rio is a raised station wagon SW Vesta Cross won with a confident margin. Stepway old, but the furrow does not spoil — and it’s cheaper.”

History is decided for your eyes. Landslide victory over the “foreigners” won a beauty Vesta, yielding the dude Rio X-Line only in dynamics, but surely after touring his “in the fields”.

Lada — the most expensive car in the company, but 842 thousand rubles — this is the ceiling. Similar price Rio Packed worse. He has a version richer and more expensive, but only with a gun. X-Line is worthy of choice only if the road is restricted badly shelled by the court: “geometry” is a conventional hatchback.

Sandero Stepway high flying above the ground, but it did not help him to rise above opponents. The time has gone — Stepway looks yesterday against the competition. “So what? — I will say a lot of unisex motorists. – Is it important? Price are the decisive market advantage!” The most simple Stepway will cost 650 thousand rubles — almost a hundred thousand cheaper rivals. And if the wallet is not bursting with money — why not?

KIA RIO X-LINE

RENAULT SANDERO STEPWAY

LADA VESTA SW CROSS


8,64

Of 8.89

9,73

Kar-index takes into account operating costs on a mileage 70 000 km registration fee and vehicle inspection, vehicle tax, cost of insurance policy, fuel costs and routine maintenance, as well as the loss when selling.

DATA PRODUCERS

KIA RIO X-LINE

LADA VESTA SW CROSS

RENAULT SANDERO STEPWAY

Weight / total weight

1241 / 1510 kg

1300 / 1730 kg

1161 / 1555 kg

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

10,7 with

11,2 with

11.1 V with

Maximum speed

184 km/h

180 km/h

172 km/h

Fuel / fuel reserve

AI-92, AI-95 / 50 l

AI-92, AI-95 / 55 l

AI-95 / 50 l

Fuel consumption: urban / suburban / mixed cycle

8,7 / 5,4 / 6,6 l / 100 km

10,7 / 6,4 / 7,9 l / 100 km

8,9 / 5,7 / 6,9 l / 100 km

ENGINE

Type

petrol

petrol

petrol

Location

front, transversely

front, transversely

front, transversely

Configuration / number of valves

R4 / 16

P4 / 16

R4 / 16

The working volume

1591 cm3

1774 cm3

1598 cm3

Power

90 kW / 123 BHP at 6300 rpm

90 kW / 122 HP at 5900 rpm

83 kW / 113 HP at 5500 rpm

Torque

151 N∙m at 4,850 rpm

170 nm at 3900 rpm

152 nm at 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION

Drive type

front

front

front

Transmission

M6

M5

M5

Gear ratio: I / II / III / IV / V / VI / VI / z.x.

3,77 / 2,04 / 1,37 / 1,04 / 0,84 / 0,77 / 3,44

3,73 / 2,09 / 1,39 / 1,10 / 0,89 / — / 3,54

3,73 / 2,05 / 1,39 / 1,03 / 0,76 / — / 3,55

Main gear

4,27

4,2

4,36

SUSPENSION

Suspension: front / rear

McPherson / elastic cross beam

McPherson / elastic cross beam

McPherson/elastic cross beam

Steering

rack & pinion with MDPS

rack & pinion with MDPS

rack and pinion, with power steering

Brakes: front / rear

disc, ventilated / disc

disc, ventilated / disc

disc vented / drum

Tires

185/65 R15

205/50 R17

205/55 R16

SERVICE IN NUMBERS

The frequency of the

Guarantee

Dealers (workshop)

KIA RIO X-LINE

15 000 km or 12 months

5 years or 150 000 km

180

LADA VESTA SW CROSS

15 000 km or 12 months

3 years or 100,000 km

301

RENAULT SANDERO STEPWAY

15 000 km or 12 months

3 years or 100,000 km

157


ACCESSIBILITY

KIA RIO X-LINE

LADA VESTA SW CROSS

RENAULT SANDERO STEPWAY

Clearance

a

155 mm

200 mm

205 mm

b

190 mm

205 mm

225 mm

c

195 mm

210 mm

210 mm

Angle

α

19,0°

22,0°

20,0°

β

29,0°

26,0°

37,0°

γ

16,5°

17,5°

20,0°

EXPERT EVALUATION OF VEHICLES

Model

KIA RIO X-LINE

LADA VESTA SW CROSS

RENAULT SANDERO STEPWAY

The driver

The best seat — from Vesta. From Rio the backrest profile is not optimal. The Sandero is the most uncomfortable seat: padded, indistinct lateral support and the short cushion. In the X-line handlebar grip and great devices. Tools of Vesta is not so good, the mid lacklustre display and a sophisticated algorithm data refresh; the rudder is controlled by two parameters. Sandero steering wheel is adjustable only for tilt, instruments overloaded with markings. Exterior mirrors Rio small. Have Stepway they are larger, but the wipers leave large crude sector. The best overview — in the West: large mirrors, minimal dead zones, generous clean-out area of the rear window.

Seat

8

9

7

Controls

9

8

7

Overview

8

9

8

Salon

In front of Rio spacious, lots of compartments and pockets. In the West even a little more space, but with “hidden” and the organization of space worse. The “unsettled” the saloon from Renault. Back at the X-Line legroom is tight, especially if sitting behind a tall driver. In the Sandero even closer. In comparison, the rear row of Vesta seems to be Royal. The smallest trunk — Renault, its metal threshold undisguised. From Rio the trunk a little more. And the largest — of the West, with well-organized “underground”.

The front part

9

8

8

The rear part

8

9

8

The trunk

8

9

8

Ride quality

Vesta behind Rio and Sandero — it is heavier. To handling the Frets have no complaints: stable on straight, stable cornering, steering with coherent feedback. X-Line is tough. The pleasure of accurate responses. Sandero looks pale: delayed reaction, a tendency to drift and uninformative, constant force on the steering wheel. The possibility of the brakes close. Kia on the mixed doubles was a bit lacking stability. Similarly acting brake Stepway. Lada mixed coating keeps stability, but to dose the effort more difficult.

Dynamics

9

8

9

Brake

9

9

9

Handling

9

9

7

Comfort

In the X-Line engine it is audible only at high revs. “Aerodynamics” comes after 100 km/h the Road noise blocked on a three. In the West the road less audible, but the engine sings almost always. The weak “guise” — Renault. To ride Sandero no questions, but your feedback vibration on the steering wheel. This problem does not know Lada, and inventory intensity running nearly as good as. X-Line less comfortable on the bumpy road. All — single-zone automatic climate control. Test Rio steering wheel — heated, but not heated windshield and rear seats (these options are in more expensive versions). Renault boasts the only heated front seats.

Noise

8

8

7

Ride

8

9

9

Climate

9

9

8

Adaptability to Russia

The most extensive dealer network — Frets. The Kia’s strong warranty (five years). Renault’s service network is also developed, but dealers less. Have Stepway great accessibility that are the envy of many crossovers. Vesta also have a huge clearance, but the departure angle is smaller because of the larger rear overhang. X-Line on this part where is more modest — clearance “cars”, the angles of entry and exit are small.

Accessibility

8

9

9

Service

9

9

8

Operation

9

9

9

Interim assessment

8,53

8,73

8,07

The behavior of off-road

The outside of the asphalt X-Line — what a conventional hatchback. Suspension travel is minimal, Kia before everyone sits down on his belly and touches the front bumper. Conveniently, the traction control turns off at any speed, allowing you to use the entire potential of the engine. Near the Frets, the electronics automatically activated after 55 km/h on the virgin snow this threshold is sufficient. The outside of the asphalt of the ability to limit only front-wheel drive. Renault could be a great fighter on the roads, but traction control would be greatly restricts its capabilities.

Power

8

8

7

Endurance

8

8

8

Moves suspensions

8

9

9

Overall rating

8,44

8,67

8,06

Kia Rio X-Line vs SW Vesta Cross and Renault Sandero StepwayKia Rio X-Line vs SW Vesta Cross and Renault Sandero StepwayФото: Alexander Kulnev

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