Kia Rio 1.0 T-GDi GT-Line 2018 UK review

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Kia’s supermini gets a more purposeful look, but unchanged mechanicals mean it still loses out in terms of driving dynamics

Kia may not actually have a Rio GT from which to borrow any of the Rio GT-Line’s sportier elements from, but that hasn’t stopped it following the same basic formula as Ford’s popular ST-Line models.That is to take a popular and practical supermini, give it a sportier-looking bodykit and dress the interior with lashings of metal and carbonfibre-effect trim but – importantly – leave performance and handling at levels that won’t make it impossible for young drivers to get insurance.It’s an approach that has worked brilliantly for Ford, Peugeot, Volkswagen and others, and now the Rio has received a similar treatment – only the GT-Line also gets a power advantage over lesser variants. It features Kia’s turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine its highest state of tune, so instead of the usual 98bhp found in 2 and 3-grade models, here it produces 116bhp.It was recently made available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, but here we’re testing it with a six-speed manual.

Source: Autocar Online

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