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

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Sportier styling and uprated inside give Kia’s supermini a extra purposeful look, however unchanged mechanicals imply it nonetheless loses out dynamically Kia might not even have a Rio GT from which to borrow any of the Rio GT-Line’s sportier components from, however that hasn’t stopped it following the identical primary formulation as Ford’s standard ST-Line fashions.That’s to take a well-liked and sensible supermini, give it a sportier-looking bodykit and gown the inside with lashings of metallic and carbonfibre-effect trim however – importantly – go away efficiency and dealing with at ranges that received’t make it inconceivable for younger drivers to get insurance coverage.It’s an method that has labored brilliantly for Ford, Peugeot, Volkswagen and others, and now the Rio has obtained 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 an alternative of the standard 98bhp present in 2 and Three-grade fashions, right here it produces 116bhp.It was lately made out there with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox, however right here we’re testing it with a six-speed handbook.

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