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#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.
#238 of 614 Cars are getting so tight
Nov 25, 2005 (9:28 pm)
and well-made that reviewers actually have to nitpick to find any way to differentiate between cars. I will give them that and just go find something else to read until I find something that I can actually learn from.
Who really goes by what a car writer says in relation to what they actually decide to buy? Not me.
I think Kia will sell shipload after shipload of these 2006 Rio sedans/Rio5's in Europe. They are selling shiploads of their new minicar Picanto in Europe as well.
Contemplate that for a second or two...Kia doesn't really need your buying dollar here in America. They'll get it anyway but they are selling strongly worldwide so what pithy American reviewers say about their cars really doesn't mean too much. All of the other reviews I've read on the 2006 Kia Rio's has been positive.
#240 of 614 Comparison test of Rio, Accent and Scion xA
Nov 26, 2005 (6:20 pm)
I was wasting time in a bookstore yesterday and picked up a copy of mph magazine. The magazine is usually a joke, written by potty-mouthed teenagers, it seems. The interesting thing was a comparison test of the Kia Rio, new Hyundai Accent and Scion xA.
It seemed unfair from the beginning because the Rio and Accent were automatics and the Scion was a 5-speed manual. Surprise, the Scion was faster!
The Kia and Hyundai both did 0-60 in 11.8 seconds, which I think is kinda slow for a modern econocar. Perhaps most potential buyers won't be bothered by that. The manual version should be more around the 10 second mark which is passable.
The review wasn't flattering, but wasn't altogether horrible either. They decided the Scion was the winner, but made at least a few positive remarks about the other two.
I look forward to a comparison by a professional car magazine that doesn't require one to take a bong hit before reading.
#241 of 614 Re: Comparison test of Rio, Accent and Scion xA [allfiredup]
Nov 26, 2005 (9:00 pm)
A comparison of the latest small cars--Rio, Accent, Fit, Yaris, and Versa--would make a great article.
You may have seen the short review of the Rio/Rio5 in C/D's December issue. They were quite positive, noting the tasteful and comfortable interior, the muscular exterior, and the engine that is smoother and pulls strongly and willingly to redline. They didn't like the automatic much, which is interesting because I thought it worked very well on my test drive. Maybe they took steeper hills than I did.
Nov 26, 2005 (10:01 pm)
that's interesting about the Car and Driver review of the '06 Kia Rio sedan and '06 Kia Rio5. Pretty complimentary it sounds like. A muscular exterior...that sounds like a decent description of the '06 Rio's body style. The interior is tasteful and the engine pulls eagerly to redline.
Sounds like they liked the new Rio! I'm gonna have to get the December Car and Driver and read the review.
#243 of 614 Re: backy... [iluvmysephia1]
Nov 27, 2005 (1:47 pm)
It's a really short review, a first-take really--save your money and take a quick look at the library. Maybe they'll do a full test sometime.
#244 of 614 Just got my library card
Nov 27, 2005 (8:38 pm)
at the city library at Pocatello. Now that you've mentioned that I'll probably just check it out at the library.
This new '06 Rio looks good in both the sedan and hatchback form, with each one having it's own merits. I don't think I could go wrong with either one, though it has to be a manual tranny.
I really like the standard safety equipment built into each and every '06 Rio and '06 Rio5.
#245 of 614 Apparently the information we tossed around
Nov 27, 2005 (9:58 pm)
on this thread for a couple days was not true. The '06 Kia Rio sedan and Rio5 hatchback will get speed-sensing hydraulic power-assist rack and pinion steering.
I did a little research because I was interested and found out the truth. Very nice, though, and I think it will prove to give the Rio/Rio5 a responsive and sporty feel around turns.