Kia Rio 1.zero T-GDi GT-Line 2018 UK evaluate

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Kia’s supermini will get a extra purposeful look, however unchanged mechanicals imply it nonetheless loses out by way of driving dynamics Kia might not even have a Rio GT from which to borrow any of the Rio GT-Line’s sportier parts from, however that hasn’t stopped it following the identical fundamental formulation as Ford’s widespread ST-Line fashions.That’s to take a preferred and sensible supermini, give it a sportier-looking bodykit and gown the inside with lashings of steel and carbonfibre-effect trim however – importantly – go away efficiency and dealing with at ranges that gained’t make it inconceivable for younger drivers to get insurance coverage.It’s an strategy that has labored brilliantly for Ford, Peugeot, Volkswagen and others, and now the Rio has acquired an identical therapy – solely the GT-Line additionally will get an influence benefit over lesser variants. It options Kia’s turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine its highest state of tune, so as a substitute of the standard 98bhp present in 2 and Three-grade fashions, right here it produces 116bhp.It was lately made accessible with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox, however right here we’re testing it with a six-speed handbook.

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