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Rio X-Line, Creta and Sandero Stepway City: test for clearance

High clearance, front-wheel drive, engine 1.6 and carton machine — if everywhere is the same, why the price tag for the Trinity differ? “Behind the wheel” to understand the details.Alexander Vinogradov “Behind the wheel”


Tell someone five years ago that front-drive crossover will cost a million, would have burned as a heretic. And it’s a matter of budget models In the class, consider an ordinary hatchbacks with a slightly inflated self-esteem. But the demand for them is growing!

On one side of the scales is familiar to all Kia Rio X-Line. The recent upgrade of the suspension increased ground clearance to the level of the Cretu — up to 170 mm. From the other side scoops longtime resident segment cross-hatchback — Renault Sandero Stepway with a “prefix” City. Under the Sandero whole life, lay a 20-cm gap, and now he allowed himself a CVT case which hangs so low that ground clearance was reduced to the same 170 mm.

Same ground clearance, front-wheel drive, the 1.6 engines and automatic transmissions go.

Hyundai Creta

Debuted in Russia in the end of 2016. Front or all-wheel drive. Build — in Saint-Petersburg.

ENGINES: petrol: 1.6 (123 HP) from 947 000 RUB 2.0 (150 HP) — 1 190 000 RUB.

Renault Sandero Stepway

Machine of the second generation debuted in late 2014. Restyling the version with the CVT — the end of 2018. Build — in Togliatti.

ENGINES: petrol: 1.6 (82 HP) — from 709 990 RUB 1.6 (102 HP) — 779 1 990 RUB.6 (113 HP) — from 749 990 RUB.

Kia Rio X-Line

Debut in late 2017. In January 2019, the machine came with the upgraded suspension. Produced in St. Petersburg.

ENGINES: gasoline: 1.4 (100 HP) — 874 1 900 RUB.6 (123 HP) — 899 from 900 RUB.

The way crooks

Gray mouse in our trio — Creta. Cross-hatchback has always featured a bright and harmonious appearance, and to tailor the compact crossover something practical and at the same time extraordinary is not easy. Average face, besides fairly tedious colours.

Rio X-Line is also a frequent guest on the Russian roads, often in the livery of car sharing. But it is noticeably brighter. Off-road kit, lovely food — and now the X-Line sparkle with new colors. That’s just absolutely the automobile tire dimensions 185/65 R15 contrary to the off-road image. Increased ground clearance exacerbated the situation as “shishiga” on wheels from 53‑th “lawn”.

The moon dial on a matte black background with red needles — simply, elegantly and effectively. The Central display is informative and not overloaded with information.The moon dial on a matte black background with red needles — simply, elegantly and effectively. The Central display is informative and not overloaded with information.

Multimedica Kia with a 7-inch screen “mirror” smartphones. But to connect the phone through Android Auto for some reason and did not.Multimedica Kia with a 7-inch screen “mirror” smartphones. But to connect the phone through Android Auto for some reason and did not.

The most extensive collection of “warm” options — Kia: in addition to the heated steering wheel and windshield have heated rear seats. The relative position of controls, and seat allows you to instantly find a comfortable fit. Button-TV “gamepad” unit — a couple more touches to the picture of coziness at home. The same machine that Cretu, Rio works a little faster. However, the difference in dynamics is minimal. The selector of the automatic Kia very stylish.The most extensive collection of “warm” options — Kia: in addition to the heated steering wheel and windshield have heated rear seats. The relative position of controls, and seat allows you to instantly find a comfortable fit. Button-TV “gamepad” unit — a couple more touches to the picture of coziness at home. The same machine that Cretu, Rio works a little faster. However, the difference in dynamics is minimal. The selector of the automatic Kia very stylish.

Switchable traction control a little easier life outside of the asphalt, but no more.Switchable traction control a little easier life outside of the asphalt, but no more.

The glove box is the same as Hyundai, – small volume and pitch darkness.The glove box is the same as Hyundai, – small volume and pitch darkness.

But Sandero Stepway City wheels — the real star of the image. And it’s not even in the adult the dimensions of the tires are 205/55 R16, and the fact that it’s not casting, and plastic caps! They with the skill of the body from “Something” to mimic the alloy wheels. To detect the forgery can only be looking at them in the face. And even better to touch!

This “stardom” Sandero ends. The inner world of depressing the ubiquitous economy. Chaos scattered as if at random buttons backed by the world’s toughest plastic and an acute shortage of pockets and compartments. The Boxing between the seats or the bottom of the smartphone? And do not dream.

The designer, who worked on the instrument cluster, no time to not hit on his hands, and he painted countless scale risks and the “pebbles”. Yes, odd the digitization of scales, primitive and trip computer… the Verdict is not appealable.The designer, who worked on the instrument cluster, no time to not hit on his hands, and he painted countless scale risks and the “pebbles”. Yes, odd the digitization of scales, primitive and trip computer… the Verdict is not appealable.

In our test only the Renault was a regular sat NAV. And in General multimedia system is elegant and intuitive. Fail only the volume control buttons.In our test only the Renault was a regular sat NAV. And in General multimedia system is elegant and intuitive. Fail only the volume control buttons.

New steering wheel dilutes naked cheap interior. But it is adjustable only for tilt. Button rear power Windows and cruise control on the center console as if at the last moment added. CVT X‑Tronic is not the best way affects the dynamics, but for this class it is still on the level. Is the D‑Step simulates switching during acceleration.New steering wheel dilutes naked cheap interior. But it is adjustable only for tilt. Button rear power Windows and cruise control on the center console as if at the last moment added. CVT X‑Tronic is not the best way affects the dynamics, but for this class it is still on the level. Is the D‑Step simulates switching during acceleration.

Against “Koreans” roomy glove compartment Sandero — holiday. And the bright — lights.Against “Koreans” roomy glove compartment Sandero — holiday. And the bright — lights.

The interior of the Rio is also not intended to be the prize for outstanding design, but gives comfort and sense of harmony. Optimal fit does not have to look for half a day, with compartments and boxes also no problem.

Creta? The interior is as bland as the exterior. Landing is significantly higher — you have to understand that I bought not some kind of inflated hatchback, and almost the jeep. For a more comfortable seat cushion a big merci.

Second-row passengers Sandero gives a strong feeling of low-cost airline, in which travelers are above 180 cm is necessary to embrace his knees. And because the aisle seat will not be asked! X-Line is also not the business class, but fit looser and have heated rear seats.

This couple from Crete to learn — a true “economy plus”! And for Luggage to pay extra don’t have: the trunk takes not only the volume but also a flat floor when folded seats. From the test of the Trinity Hyundai only fit the role of a family car.

The instrument cluster similar to the one that is in Rio, but here the color palette is reduced to two colors. However, information content is not affected, it is worthy.The instrument cluster similar to the one that is in Rio, but here the color palette is reduced to two colors. However, information content is not affected, it is worthy.

For a million two hundred thousand in Crete you will get a monochrome “balalaika” average.For a million two hundred thousand in Crete you will get a monochrome “balalaika” average.

Holiday decoration Cretu no. The standard unit of “climate” is not so interesting in the light of Rio. And blue button illumination. Ergonomics no complaints. A six-speed automatic is different “rate” and is contributing to the slow pace of acceleration.Holiday decoration Cretu no. The standard unit of “climate” is not so interesting in the light of Rio. And blue button illumination. Ergonomics no complaints. A six-speed automatic is different “rate” and is contributing to the slow pace of acceleration.

Only Creta offers some no off-road assistant assistant descent from the mountain.Only Creta offers some no off-road assistant assistant descent from the mountain.

In at least some pockets and glove box lamp still save.In at least some pockets and glove box lamp still save.

Out of the dozen

Marital status Creta plays in the dynamics — if you’re taking the family, there is nothing to drive. Having the same engine as the X-Line, Creta has acquired extra fat. He categorically does not allow to accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 12 seconds.

The figure in the X-line slimmer – maybe that is why there is a feeling that he’s alive? The machine on some moments faster changing step, and the acceleration seems easier and easy. Exactly what it seems: an impartial stopwatch not recorded noticeable advantages: Kia only half a second faster in acceleration to hundred.

Seat Cretu contoured a little better than the Kia. In the first place as a pillow. Range of height adjustment is not enough.Seat Cretu contoured a little better than the Kia. In the first place as a pillow. Range of height adjustment is not enough.

The most hospitable in the second row — Crete. Space for legs and head even enough people with above-average growth.The most hospitable in the second row — Crete. Space for legs and head even enough people with above-average growth.

Seat Kia with a standard set of adjustments special claims is. Is that a pillow I would like longer.Seat Kia with a standard set of adjustments special claims is. Is that a pillow I would like longer.

Back in Rio only slightly more spacious than the Renault, but at least fit more comfortable and the seats are heated.Back in Rio only slightly more spacious than the Renault, but at least fit more comfortable and the seats are heated.

Seat Renault win the dispute for the title of the formless in the test. Lateral support is lacking, the pillow is too short. Buttons for heated seats are hidden on the side of the pillow, apparently hoping that we wouldn’t notice.Seat Renault win the dispute for the title of the formless in the test. Lateral support is lacking, the pillow is too short. Buttons for heated seats are hidden on the side of the pillow, apparently hoping that we wouldn’t notice.

From lack of space suffer high passengers, from the awkward landing on the hard flat couch, everything.From lack of space suffer high passengers, from the awkward landing on the hard flat couch, everything.

Sandero Stepway? I remember with Nissan 113‑horsepower engine he blatantly went from the more powerful X-line. It is hardly possible to obtain the best dynamics for each ruble paid. Here it is, the power divided by mass! But that was the car with the mechanics. Continuously variable X‑Tronic harder, and shortness of breath even the odds. Sin to blame the CVT for excessive thought, but to change the gear ratio as fast as the Korean selectope, he does not have time. A modern automatic Renault no.

If you sink the pedal to the floor, pretending to be a hydro-mechanical CVT machine, and switches quasiperiodic. Zero sense, but the ears of delight: like a car with automatic drive. Of course, if something will hear over the roar of the wind, walking in the door seals.

Kia in the quality of the seals came serious, but about a noise isolation of arches forgot: the wheels are the smallest in the test, but the most resounding!

Some dominants in the chorus of noises Crete no harmonious ensemble singing at the same decibels, and Kia.

On tiptoe

Overestimation of the suspension will inevitably impact on driving characteristics. Hardest hit Renault and the automobile form factor is infinitely far from the concept of “classroom control”. At high speed Sandero Stepway falls out of rotation. Does not add points and completely linear steering force that does not change neither the steering nor the growth rate. Traditionally sandelowsky soft suspension enhances unpleasant sagging in the turns, adjusting completely unnecessary rolls.

Trunk Cretu a little more, without a threshold at the entry, and in the underground there is a small office. The folded seatbacks of the second row form a flat floor.Trunk Cretu a little more, without a threshold at the entry, and in the underground there is a small office. The folded seatbacks of the second row form a flat floor.

More clearance above the threshold. Formed during the folding step reduced the estimate for the transformation. And whose idea was it to put a narrow segment of the backrest behind the driver’s seat?More clearance above the threshold. Formed during the folding step reduced the estimate for the transformation. And whose idea was it to put a narrow segment of the backrest behind the driver’s seat?

In our trio, the smallest trunk — Stepway. On the hull was saved, the inner side of the cover is covered only partially. The threshold actually forgot to put the plastic.In our trio, the smallest trunk — Stepway. On the hull was saved, the inner side of the cover is covered only partially. The threshold actually forgot to put the plastic.

Creta’s like from another League completely safely standing on the arc, though not without rolls. Because the high center of gravity! The amplifier generates the desired weight, the suspension is moderately dense. For a budget SUV chassis set up very nice!

X-Line loves corners even more. It is not burdened with large footwear dimension, and the absence of extra pounds, coupled with “mundane” center of gravity does its job. Rio X-Line faster response at the wheel and rather is screwed into the rotation. Of course, discerning drivers will not surprise Kia and excessive speed will be pulled to stretch the arc to the curb, but that moment comes a little later than Crete. Direct Rio is also good and responds only to a pronounced rut.

Fear of heights

“Elevated” status halloo to one another not only on the handling. Among the consequences often appear and the stiffness of the suspension. Rio X-Line is the clearest example. Almost lost confidence in the turns, the X-Line has lost the Rio tolerance to minor uneven asphalt. Any road “dirt” is thoroughly to the body and the seat. On holes larger than the suspension going with the spirit and keeps the strike.

Creta is configured to the Russian reality, about the same, but every little thing dissolves in the bowels of the chassis much better. Last but not least — thanks to the large tires.

Owners monoperiodic crossovers probably going to need a shovel and a rope.Owners monoperiodic crossovers probably going to need a shovel and a rope.

Hyundai demanded assistance outside of the asphalt. Had to push. And the other cars had already stuck.Hyundai demanded assistance outside of the asphalt. Had to push. And the other cars had already stuck.

The first Congress in innocent at first glance, the snow cools the ardor. Should the front wheels lose grip, and only rely on outside help.The first Congress in innocent at first glance, the snow cools the ardor. Should the front wheels lose grip, and only rely on outside help.

Who is the real master of the domestication of our roads, so this Sandero Stepway. How many volumes written on the topic of omnivorous all that is based on the B0 platform, but I never cease to be amazed the apathy with which Stepway cards on the “direction” of any degree of those killed. On a machine with a CVT, the picture is even more positive! City got electrohydraulical the helm, and it almost washed the only fly in the ointment — vibration and jolts on the steering wheel has practically disappeared.

But before you go off the asphalt on the Sandero City, you need to think ten times. CVT Renault was deprived of an important weapon — an impressive ground clearance. The continuously variable transmission formed the stepping stone of protection, it is strongly sticking out from the bottom and rests on the unploughed snow, nagrebaja front of the blade. The result is logical: the wheels are buried, we have to climb over the rope.

Test Kia there is no protection, and therefore the most solid ground clearance — 185 mm. If it is put, the ground clearance will be 170-175 mm, at the level of Crete.Test Kia there is no protection, and therefore the most solid ground clearance — 185 mm. If it is put, the ground clearance will be 170-175 mm, at the level of Crete.

The engine and CVT Renault is covered by a metal protection. But the continuously variable transmission was made to do it step — here it is, the cause of the reduced clearance.The engine and CVT Renault is covered by a metal protection. But the continuously variable transmission was made to do it step — here it is, the cause of the reduced clearance.

Under the protection of the Crete, we have measured 170 mm of ground clearance. For a crossover the average.Under the protection of the Crete, we have measured 170 mm of ground clearance. For a crossover the average.

High X-Line in small “boots” now falls virgin over Renault, the sooner could not boast. When driving on the field no longer remember the joke about a hedgehog, which the grass tickles the belly. However, no illusions: Rio dug in the same place and Renault. Drew Cretu, which has always been good with mud, but it’s all leading, and without the support of the rear axle lifeguard shields. Had to manually push the Hyundai, and then get the rest of the “rogues”.

The drive decides

Alexander Vinogradov: “a Comfortable second row and a roomy trunk brought the Crete victory. But if these parameters are not very important to you, the best choice would be upraised X-Line”.Alexander Vinogradov: “a Comfortable second row and a roomy trunk brought the Crete victory. But if these parameters are not very important to you, the best choice would be upraised X-Line”.

It would seem that the market confirms the test results: the winning Creta confidently holds the lead in the mill crossovers. But the cashier made cars with all leading and among the “nadopasana” it’s not so simple. If Rio is similar to X-Line dimensions, it gives more room for small family is the best option. But at what cost? Test the “automatic” Creta performed by Travel pulls nearly one million two hundred thousand!

If you are looking for a front-wheel drive crossover to haul myself and no less beloved passion, the silver medalist of the X-Line is a good contender. Save 100 thousand rubles and receive a generous list of options version of the Prestige.

Sandero Stepway closes not only the price, but our podium. He soaked the budget fluids, and driving manners depressive. But if you were able to scrape together only 900 thousand, and I want almost a crossover with automatic (or CVT) and fearless suspension, the Stepway City out of the competition.

Detailed technical information about the heroes of our test available at this link.

KIA RIO X-LINE

HYUNDAI CRETA

RENAULT SANDERO STEPWAY


9,91

10,23

9,12

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

EXPERT EVALUATION OF VEHICLES

Scores are given collectively by a group of experts “Behind the wheel”. Evaluation is not absolute, it shows the location of the machine in this test with specific opponents. Maximum score — 10 points (ideal). 8 points is the norm for machines in this class.

Model

HYUNDAI CRETA

KIA RIO X-LINE

RENAULT SANDERO STEPWAY

The driver

Seat Cretu and Rio are similar, but Crete is slightly better contoured pillow. Chair Sandero noticeably softer, it lacks lateral support and range of height adjustment. Handlebars “Koreans” are equally convenient and are moved in two directions. Renault steering wheel is adjustable only for tilt, and devices overloaded. In Kia outside mirrors are small, rear window is blocked by headrests. Mirror in Crete and Sandero more, browse through the salon mirror better. For similar money Hyundai has a rear view camera. No its in Renault.

Seat

8

8

7

Controls

9

9

8

Overview

9

8

9

Salon

In Rio and Crete has enough compartments for small items. In Sandero no sites for the mobile or Central Boxing has saved money. Leg room for rear passengers in the Renault too little. The Kia slightly more, but fit better. Hyundai in — space and trunk maximum volume, besides the practical. Rio have a high threshold and a smaller amount. Stepway — an outsider. A high threshold was not covered with plastic.

The front part

8

8

7

The rear part

8

7

7

The trunk

8

7

7

Ride quality

Reaction X-line on the steering accurate, and body roll is slightly more than the “low” machines. On the straight it is stable. Hyundai earlier loses its balance. Renault breaks down early in the demolition, the steering is linear. Good dynamics, not spoils the variator. Creta him a bit, but still lags behind in acceleration. Brake “Koreans” encouraging efficiency. The Kia braking harsh in the initial phase: the drive is set up perfectly. The deceleration performance of the Renault a little worse.

Dynamics

8

8

8

Brake

8

8

8

Handling

8

8

7

Comfort

All — single-zone automatic climate control. In Rio there is a heated steering wheel, windshield and rear seat. From Crete the steering wheel is also heated, and the other heater available in the more expensive versions. In Sandero heated steering wheel and rear seats is not, in principle, block microclimate with light the most uncomfortable. Creta has no pronounced source of noise. In Rio solo road noise, Stevie is dominated by aerodynamics. Renault the best on the ride. “Koreans” harder: X-Line collect on the waves, but he pays for it with a higher hardness on the little stuff.

Noise

8

8

8

Ride

8

8

9

Climate

8

9

8

Adaptability to Russia

The biggest ground clearance in the X-line, but it is only under the oil pan. In the presence of a protection clearance all machines are the same. The same applies to angles of entry and exit. All cars — full spare wheel. The network of official Renault one-HUNDRED-branched, and “Koreans” even wider. Kia and Hyundai offer more favorable warranty terms.

Accessibility

8

8

8

Service

9

8

8

Operation

8

8

8

Interim assessment

8,20

8,07

7,80

The behavior of off-road

The possibility of front wheel drive cars are very limited. Every you can turn off traction control. All cars are easy to post — stroke low. CVT Renault does not like a long slip, and get reverse out of the trap problematic — the engine speed limiting electronics. Assistant descent from the mountain is only at Crete.

Power

9

8

8

Endurance

8

8

8

Moves suspensions

8

8

8

Overall rating

8,22

8,06

7,80

HYUNDAI CRETA

Spacious back row roomy on the background of rivals trunk; good chassis balance
Nevadalas dynamics; poor equipment against high prices, boring design

KIA RIO X-LINE

Good handling; good equipment at a reasonable price; detailed ergonomics
Harsh on road detail pendant; close the rear row

RENAULT SANDERO STEPWAY

Good dynamics; energy-intensive suspension; nice price
Mediocre handling; flaws in ergonomics, cramped back row and trunk
  • Compact electric skateboard doesn’t take up much space in the trunk of the car. Take it with you on vacation or a trip to another city for the weekend!

Rio X-Line, Creta and Sandero Stepway City: test просветRio X-Line, Creta and Sandero Stepway City: test, pressefoto: George Cages

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