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#9 of 87 Re: 2006 kia rio LX [kb4]
Nov 06, 2005 (4:14 pm)
"God, that interior color is horrid. What happened to the nice black or grey colors they used to have?"
Aside to KR06: Don't take my restated observations personally. I just found it interesting that someone independently came to a similar conclusion (albeit presented a bit less diplomatically) as myself.
I figured that the above quote was a good trigger to revisit my sentiments back in post #160
"The red exterior with the black interior looked good. The black interior is basically monochromatic though... thus it's a pretty dark place in there. That said, it still looks "higher rent" than the tan/beige interior to be sure. The seat cloth also has some extra accents woven in the cloth in the black interior. If you check out the http://www.kiario.com website, it is the black interior that is used for *all* of the interior shots. Coincidence?
The tu-tone tan interior looks "okay" in the Olive Beige model since it's tan/beige on a light green exterior. However........... the tan/beige interior in a Cashmere Beige exterior model clashes BIG time!
The Cashmere Beige is a *beautiful* color from the outside. It really is. But KIA's only offering two interior colors for the North American Rio. A tan/beige, and a black. The tan has an offbeat kind of "orangey" tinge to it. When you open the door the contrast/clashing between the "Cashmere Beige" exterior and "Beige" interior colors immediately jump out at you. KIA for 2007 needs to either lighten up the Beige interior a notch or two (to a yellow-tan vs. an orange-tan), or provide a third color such as a darker brown.
Nitpicky stuff.... I know. BUT the proper matching of interior to exterior color(s) should not be so prohibitively expensive that it is unobtainable in an automaker's lower-end models.
KIA needs to remember that color conscious buyers (aka: females) will more than likely make up a large percentage of purchasers of the Rio line. The importance of issues such as color matching should NEVER be underestimated when considering the success of an automobile model. Not in this day and age of global automobile hyper-competition."
Note: I sat in a sharp Sunset Orange Rio5 with the black interior this week! That interior with the aluminum accents definitely looks considerably more upscale!
#10 of 87 Re: 2006 kia rio LX [spectraman]
Nov 06, 2005 (4:28 pm)
I've seen the black interior in person and think it looks great for a $12k car. Carmakers never get a beige/tan interior right in a low-end car and it ends up looking hideous. Then again, I tend to hate beige interiors overall.
#11 of 87 Re: 2006 kia rio LX [allfiredup]
Nov 07, 2005 (8:13 am)
"I've seen the black interior in person and think it looks great for a $12k car. Carmakers never get a beige/tan interior right in a low-end car and it ends up looking hideous. Then again, I tend to hate beige interiors overall."
Since I only paid $13,373 (minus tax/dest) for my loaded Spectra, I still consider it a "low-end" car. It's design and execution obviously isn't low end, but the price was.
I feel that the execution of "beige" (with accenting dark brown) was done extremely well on the Spectra. All the materials have a much higher-rent feel and texture, and the colors are much better coordinated with ALL of the exterior colors used on the Spectra family... not just the Sand Beige (gold) of my car.
#12 of 87 Plenty of room!
Feb 03, 2006 (10:25 pm)
Yesterday I traded in my 2004 Spectra for the Rio5. Paid the difference in cash, got it fully loaded at invoice price ($14,800) minus $500 owner loyalty.
I am 6'3 and have plenty of room, in fact I dont even put the seat all the way back. The styling is awesome, the 1.6L engine has ample power and the ride is more quiet then my brothers 2003 Optima!
I highly recommend this car, I had a 2001 Rio when it first came out, it was ok, nothing special but boy the Rio5 certainly is!
#13 of 87 Re: Plenty of room! [riomike]
Feb 03, 2006 (10:55 pm)
Congrats! Did you have the "old" 2004 Spectra or the "new" 2004 Spectra? Did you get a good deal on the trade-in? How does the Rio5 compare to the Spectra?
#14 of 87 My Kia Rio...
Feb 20, 2006 (6:56 pm)
I finally got my 2006 Kia Rio sedan EX today and i drove it around all day.I showed it to one of my uncle's that bought a Honda accord coupe a few months ago and he payes 26000$ USED and after diving the Rio he was amazed by the car he tought take Kia was s***,so after diving around for 15 minutes he told me that the Kia Rio was as good or even better made inside(finishing)then is Honda and told me that my motor was as quiet as is Honda and that is true because i went in is accord and u can hardly hear the motor on my Kia Rio.
He showed me an article that he got in a car magazine and the guy says that in a few years Kia will be as good or even better then japanese car in all ways (motor,style,quality,etc...)
So time will tell if the car is reliable but as of looks and equipement i am very happy. bye
Mar 01, 2006 (7:18 pm)
I just picked my new rio 5 up yesterday and boy am I loving it! Its a lot of fun to drive and so far I'm really impressed by it. I got a great deal (I think) on a 5 yr lease. I got the EX convenience package so it has everything I would want. Just not sure if it has heated mirrors although I was told it did, the manual says something about the mirrors heat automatically when the rear window heater is turned on? I also have a question about the keyless remote, is it possible for it to be changed to beep when you lock the doors? Its hard to tell sometimes when you lock them if they actually locked or not, most cars beep when you lock them with the remote don't they?
#16 of 87 Re: Rio 5 2006 [newquestcanuck]
Mar 01, 2006 (7:25 pm)
...the manual says something about the mirrors heat automatically when the rear window heater is turned on?
Yep, those would be the heated mirrors!
As for beeping, try pressing the lock button twice. On many other Hyundai/Kias, there is a chirp on the 2nd press. Then you can lock them silently (like late at night, in a city) or confirm the lock action. Don't the marker lights flash on the first press of the lock button? That is how my Elantras work. I like the "stealth" lock mode in combination with the chirp.
#17 of 87 Re: Rio 5 2006 [backy]
Mar 01, 2006 (8:12 pm)
This car really does have a uptrend going for it. I notice that gas mileage now that I am approaching 3k miles has held steady after a gradual improvement over the first 1500 miles or. I notice that the engine almost learned my driving style and the car handles better now then it did last month. Not that it gandled poorly last month, just seems really tight now! Anyway bottom line is: 3k miles and still lovin it!
#18 of 87 Re: Rio 5 2006 [newquestcanuck]
Mar 02, 2006 (8:23 am)
newquestcanuck,If u press 2 times on the lock door on your remote it will beep