Kia Rio Review: Why this Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20 competitor should launch soon

Kia Rio Review: Why this Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20 competitor should launch soon



now Kia Motors made a big bang entry into India at the Auto Expo and ever since there has been a great anticipation about the vehicles it would launch after of course the Creta competitor now one of the vehicles that I strongly believe Kia should launch in India is the Rio hatchback that we have with us here today and the reason why I believe this should be launched in India is because this shares the platform with the UA I 20 which we already know is such a successful hatchback in the Indian market now before we go ahead and review this car I must tell you this is not being launched in India and this is not going to be launched in India in this current format this is the European spec model which has been imported into India now what are the changes you can expect in this car when it's launched into India well that's what we are going to find out on the show today if and when the REO is launched in India you can expect the design of the car to be largely same as this European spec model and the most striking part of the front well it is the grille and ever since Kia cars have got this kind of design up front you can see in the recent years they have got a lot more dynamism in their design and that I believe is going to resonate very well with the young audience the young buyers that we have in the Indian market today complimenting this dynamic grille again you can look at the wraparound headlamp very sleek they've got a good design LED DRLs projector units modern in sync with the time it was the site again you've got these very good-looking alloy wheels now this is something I do not expect to be launched in India because this is a European spec model so it's got larger views in India you can expect them to be at max 16 inches for the top variants and 15 inches for the lower variants of course the rubber 2 will be changed this is got low profile rubber in India you'll have higher profile rubber in interest of ride quality now unlike the front of the car the rear is not that striking but that doesn't mean it isn't attractive it's got a very clean look the tail lamps again look good especially at the night the illumination effect is quite nice and overall the design at the rear merges well with that of the front and the side as some of the other important changes that you can expect on the Rio when launched in India is that this car right now sits quite low it's a European spec model so of course the right height is quite low but that will change when it comes to India so in a nutshell the Kia Rio has the right kind of design to make it into the Indian market now although it shares the platform with the i-20 both cars have a distinct visual personality although there is a slight similarity in the silhouette especially at the front the Rio has exactly the kind of design that would appeal to the young urban buyers and we have seen it with the i-20 a premium design definitely works people liked it and this is the right kind of design for the Indian market and Kia should get it as early as possible now the interiors of the REO is something that makes it very different from the cars we are used to seeing in this segment today who likes of the multi Suzuki Baleno the unit I xx there's a sense of familiar ISM in the interiors of these cars but this truly stands out if you look at the overall design of the dashboard again you can see the design here the girls they've given here and it's got a soft leather touch here we've got this that screen here it's a small touch screen but it isn't worth talking much because when and if launched in India you can certainly expect this to be replaced by a larger touchscreen of course that we get Android auto and apple carplay which has become the norm of the industry these days beyond that the steering wheel again it's a nice chunky steering wheel to hold it's got all your audio em ID and the cruise control buttons here the center console is good it's got climate controls at the bottom lot of space here which has been planned well it's got this surface that will ensure your phone your wallet do not get scratched you've got ample connectivity options in the form of a 12 volt socket USB and aux point couple all of this with good seats but great looking into year good space great build quality and material quality and seats that really offer good support there's also a sunroof which is electronically operated so what you get is a cable that has a lot of premium value and we have already seen it earlier with the success of the i-20 that that car despite being the most expensive in its segment was one of the highest selling cars in fact the highest selling at one point of time until the Maruti Suzuki Baleno came in so well I think kia has got that ground covered very well it has got all the basics right all it needs to do is make some changes especially in the infotainment area you need to get a larger color touchscreen at least minimum 7 to 8 inches with Android auto apple carplay inbuilt navigation and of course beyond that I think the cable is perfectly fine so let's talk about the driving part and the powertrain of the Kia Rio now the Rio that we are driving this as I told you earlier shares the platform with the unit the i-20 and as a result the engine from this is from the same family of engines that you find on the i-20 so this is same 1.2 liter petrol unit the power output the torque figures they are pretty similar and there is no point in really going ahead and discussing those numbers because this engine is in a European state of tune now if and when this car is launched in India the engine will be specifically tuned for Indian conditions same is the story with the 5-speed manual gearbox again it's a very smooth unit slick throws easy to use but again I think when launched in India the ratios will need to be changed significantly right now the ratio suit European driving conditions but for Indian driving conditions and especially in pursuit of higher fuel efficiency the gear ratios again will need to be altered apart from that you can expect to the same 1.2 liter engine a slightly different state of tune then what you see in the you and I I 20 and that means that sharing parts sharing components sharing expensive systems such as engines will allow Kia to offer competitive pricing on the Rio now one of the strongest points of the Kia Rio is its ride and handling now again keep in mind as I told you earlier this has a set of the suspension set of the tire the wheel setup is for Europe but still fundamentally the chassis the suspension does a great job of keeping the car stable at high speeds even on surfaces filled with undulations and a triple digit speeds the Rio maintains a very calm composure it doesn't really feel hassled and you can still have a lot of confidence in the car and that is something that I'm yet to see in this segment now of course when this car is launched in India there could be some changes to it because of course the length of the car would have to be chopped off a bit that could result in a reduction in the wheelbase and the force slight changes to the suspension and all of that so there will be a difference in terms of the right hand handling of the REO when it is launched in the Indian spec version but the basic characteristics I expect will be the same again in terms of safety the story should be the same what you can expect is a package similar to what you see on the Yun de i-20 as both of the cars will be sharing a bit of the same parts bin and you can expect dual airbags ABS EBD is standard on the basic variants that higher variance would support six airbags and will the car that we're driving also comes with lane departure warning system and you can be pretty certain that if this car is launched in India that system will not be retained in the car as our roads anyways do not have proper marking so the system is pretty much useless in our country now talking further about the driving field well again the steering is very precise and it's just a point-and-shoot affair around corners to the Rio feels quite happy to go at high speeds there is minimal body roll and grip from the tires is good in the Indian version though as I said earlier the height could be raised a bit so the body roll could be a little more pronounced and the only way to curtail that would be to stiffen up the suspension which I think ya wouldn't do in India because that could be compromising the ride quality and that is a very important aspect for Indian consumers the Indian spec version might not be as sharp handling as the Rio we're driving right now but still I expected to be right there at the top of this segment and I'm hoping that he maintains this positioning for the Rio even the brakes on this car again they are very nice you've got a four-wheel disc setup and the braking feedback again for the pedals is good the bite the initial bite is good and the our stops with a lot of confidence for Indian the spec version again you can expect the discs at the rear to be traded in for drums which might bring in a slight compromise in terms of braking efficiency however that said I expected to be in relief of the cars that are in the segment right now so having driven the Kia Rio extensively over the past few days I can safely say the REO is the right product for an Indian market launch now when it's launched in India well you can expect changes in terms of the design features the powertrain all of that that I already talked about to you a short while back overall the REO makes a strong case for itself but what Kia should be careful about is the fact that they shouldn't go down the road of course cutting too much and try and match the prices of cedi market Suzuki Baleno or the i-20 instead what kiai should do is position the REO in a premium manner and offer a strong value for money questions for the consumer so in the end when Kia hasn't really put our official timeline or a launch date to the REO but I am strongly convinced that the REO will be considered for the Indian market considering the fact that the premium hatchback segment in India is a growing one and is of great volumes if you liked this video please hit that subscribe button for anything else from the world of wheels please log on to www.mptv.org adding a two-wheeler

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