Korean carmaker, Kia, once ridiculed for its flimsy, uninspiring automobiles, sure has made a complete 180-degree turn. Which is what your heads will be doing too, should you happen to spot the all-new 2012 Kia Rio zipping about along city streets.
The old Rio, a Plain Jane by all standards, has been spruced up, and the result is like adding rum to good old Coke. Coke’s good, but with rum, it’s phenomenal.
Drinking and driving though don’t mix, so we’ll drop the alcoholic references, and focus more on the details that make the all-new Rio such a sweet ride.
Tiny as these cars are, the race has gotten only tighter over the years—a race that also includes the likes of the Jazz, the Yaris, the Fiesta, the Mazda 2. And the Rio isn’t merely keeping pace; it’s decided it wants to overtake. Here are five reasons why we say as much: