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Kia Rio, Sedan, Wagon
#228 of 614 Re: I love responses from people [iluvmysephia1]
Nov 24, 2005 (5:33 am)
BTW-there is no scientific research available on the Internet or even your local bookstore (or even your favorite local newspaper)that can substantiate any way that Kia Motors was improved by Hyundai Motors.
Now although this message comes from some time ago, keep in mind that the Sephia was built atop a modified Mazda 323 and 626 platform. I used to own one and was not a bad car, but recently had it totalled and purchased a 2006 Rio. The car although with a smaller, supposedly less powerful engine than the 124hp in the Sephia is a WORLD away in the architecture. I miss the Sephia in that I only had 2 pymts left but do not at all because of the driving experience of the Rio. Little vibration at high speeds (85-100mph) which I normally do in anything I drive and excellent acceleration.
Nov 24, 2005 (10:22 pm)
I'm thinking the same thing. The new 2006 Kia Rio sedan and Rio5 both look really good. A lot of car for the money and great performance and fuel economy.
#231 of 614 Re: Rio 5 - An Uncomplimentary Review [jpmccormac]
Nov 25, 2005 (7:30 am)
It seems to be uncomplimentary mainly for the Rio5. Healey is more positive on the LX sedan. First, the Rio5 is not aimed at buyers like him--so I'm not surprised he didn't like it. The Rio5 got a much more positive review the other day in the LA Times, by someone who appreciated its European flavor. But I agree with Healey's point that the Rio is pricey when fully equipped. I think that will prove to be the car's Achilles' heel--one that can be remedied by a dollup of rebates, of course. It will really be interesting to see how Hyundai prices the Accent GLS with its greater standard equipment and, IMO, nicer interior.
#232 of 614 Re: Rio 5 - An Uncomplimentary Review [backy]
Nov 25, 2005 (9:26 am)
Healey hits the nail on the head when he talks about a nicely optioned Rio5 being pricey and in the territory of several other decent cars from other makers.
As I said several weeks ago, if the price (sans dest and tax) of the Rio5 WITH the power pack is somewhere from between $11-12k, then KIA's in the game. But if they try to get $14k+ for them, all of a sudden the competition pool gets ALOT deeper.
With the consistent reports of driveline harshness by the media, I'm also beginning to wonder if that might also be a deal breaker for some.
I wish KIA would also consider putting some Goodyear's on the RIOs too.... just like my Spectra. I've been *very* happy with the performance of my Goodyear Eagle LS's so far after 16k miles.
It seems like availability of Rios in the midwest has been a problem. My dealer (which is an exclusive KIA dealer) has had probably about 5 Rio sedans and 1 Rio5 in total cross their lot so far. It looks like they're not having any trouble selling the ones they've gotten so far, but that's a pretty pathetic amount of product they've received so far. I haven't visitied any other KIA dealers (they're too far away) to see if it's a dealer-specific condition or not. But I know my dealer must be just about ready to scream, since they sold out of their old Rio stock several weeks ago.
I'll be interested to see what the TMV values of Rios at dealerships are once their lots become fully stocked with several dozen units at any given time.
#233 of 614 Re: Rio 5 - An Uncomplimentary Review [spectraman]
Nov 25, 2005 (9:49 am)
Pricet or not the Rio is a great car. I have a 2004 Rio Cinco. I was a bit disappointed that Kia went from station wagon to the hatchback on the Rio5. That fact kept me from trading my 2004 for a Rio5.
#234 of 614 Re: Rio 5 - An Uncomplimentary Review [chuck1959]
Nov 25, 2005 (10:51 am)
How does the actual cargo volume of the Cinco compare to the Rio5?
I'm really not sure what reviewers are talking about with the comments on "driveline harshness". I thought the Rio LX I drove, an automatic, was very smooth and quiet on the highway up to at least 70 mph and the autoshifter was unnoticeable in its operation. Maybe the 5-speed revs higher on the highway, hence more noise. The little engine does have a grunt when pushed, but c'mon, it's a low-end car with a small engine. If you want total isolation from all engine noise, go buy a Lexus.
#235 of 614 Re: Rio 5 - An Uncomplimentary Review [backy]
Nov 25, 2005 (11:21 am)
Interesting difference IMO.
2004 Rio Cinco:
Luggage Capacity: 24.8 cu. ft. (I'm assuming rear seat up) Maximum Cargo Capacity: 44 cu. ft.
Luggage Capacity: 15.8 cu. ft. (I'm assuming rear seat up)Maximum Cargo Capacity: 50 cu. ft.
#236 of 614 The 2006 Kia Rio5 is not
Nov 25, 2005 (8:00 pm)
built to have a lot of cargo space in back. It's built for a sporty feel, to toss into turns. The Healey review does not dampen my enthusiasm for the car at all. He doesn't like Kia and his bias is so strong it causes him to nitpick.
I am on my 2nd Kia and both have had a bit of a buzzy sound on acceleration, but you can push Kia's and they respond.
The only way I'm gonna find out how this car drives is to go test drive it. Healey's review just leaves me with a funky feeling inside that he just views Kia Motors as a bug on his Lexus' windshield. I would not take a car reviewer's word on any car that I was really interested in. I remain very interested in both the Rio5 and the Rio 4-door sedan by Kia for 2006. The Rio will be safe to drive, too, with all of those airbags. No power steering on the base models to save money. I don't think you'd need it in a car this small, anyway. My '99 Kia Sephia didn't have power steering and it didn't bother the enjoyment of driving the car at all.
The European styling of the '06 Kia Rio's has grown on me and I am just starting to prefer the Rio5 styling by just a tad over the sedan but it's not decided yet at all which one I'd go with. Meanwhile, the Sportage 4x4 heads into a southeastern Idaho winter which is supposed to turn snowy this weekend. Running like an absolute champ.
#237 of 614 Re: The 2006 Kia Rio5 is not [iluvmysephia1]
Nov 25, 2005 (8:46 pm)
I am on my second Rio Cinco. My first was a 2002 and now my 2004. I like the 2004 better I couldn't believe how much improvment 2 years made. You are right about the buzzy sound but mine will respond also. IMO the 2006 will carry on that tradition.