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Showing posts with label Kia Rio. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kia Rio. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Kia Gives the 2021 Rio Hatchback a Boost in Looks, Power

After refreshing its Picanto city car, Kia’s now giving the same treatment to its sub-compact hatchback, the Rio. For 2021, the Rio sports a range of enhancements to, in Kia’s words, reinvigorate its position in the B-segment.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Kia PH Just Made the Sportage More Affordable than the Seltos

As auto dealer operations begin to adjust to the new normal, Kia Philippines is giving us a glimpse of what sort of offers can be had post ECQ.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2017 Kia Rio Wants to You to Unleash Your Freedom (w/ Specs)

Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia in the Philippines brings in the all-new 2017 Rio. The latest in the Korean carmaker’s roster of vibrant, stylish, and dynamic vehicles, the all-new Rio is poised to unleash your “Freedom to Be You” as it hits Kia showrooms starting June.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2014 Honda Jazz vs the Competition

So, Honda has finally released their all-new, Jazz. But where does it sit next to its competition? Well, we’ve stacked it up against its most likely competition in the sub-compact, gasoline-powered hatchback segment: Chevrolet Sonic 1.4 LTZ, Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost, Kia Rio 1.4 EX, Mazda2 1.5, and Toyota Yaris 1.5 G. We actually wanted to pit it against the Suzuki Swift 1.4 as well, but data for its interior dimensions are rather hard to find.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Kia Launches Rio EX-S, Priced at P 848,000

The launch of the All-New Kia Rio last year proved to be a success and there’s no stopping Kia. This month, Kia introduces the fusion of one of its most loved models with one of the most stylish vehicles in its current line-up with the 4-Door Rio EX-S.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Review: 2013 Kia Rio 1.4 EX Hatchback

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Peter Schreyer, you are an absolute genius. Normally, it’s hard to fall in love with the design of a sub-million peso car, and a sub-compact car no less. But take a look at the Kia Rio. We happened to drive the budget-friendly 1.2 SLX and now we have the 1.4 hatchback. A single glance is enough to tell you that this is one special car. From tip to stern, the Rio’s an absolute beauty. It’s avant-garde, sporty, sophisticated—there’s absolutely no weak point in the Rio’s design.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review: 2013 Kia Rio 1.2 SLX

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Confession time: despite being in the motoring beat for over a decade now, this is the first time I’ve ever driven a Kia extensively. Of course, it happened that it’s the Rio 1.2 SLX that arrived—the P 625,000 budget-friendly, fleet-inclined vehicle that’s normally not on most reviewers’ wish list. Despite its daunting task of having to convince me of the brand’s merits (they could have sent a Sportage or Optima, after all), it succeeded. The Kia Rio 1.2 SLX turned out to be a great, spunky automobile—a testament on how Kia can design and engineer great small cars; proof that fun doesn’t necessarily start at a million pesos.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kia Rio Officially Launched in the Philippines

The word ‘Rio’ often conjures images of the world-famous Brazilian Carnival—the festive, jubilant celebration held exactly forty six days before Easter Sunday. To the unfamiliar and uninitiated, the Carnival is considered by Brazilians as a way to bid farewell to bad things and to prepare a re-birth of sorts coinciding with Jesus Christ’s death and subsequent resurrection on Easter. Now, whether it was their intention to signal their re-birth or not is beside the point, but Kia has nailed the naming of its all-new sub-compact offering right: the all-new Kia Rio.

Now on its third-generation model, the Kia Rio is single-handedly the most important vehicle in Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC)’s arsenal. Even before the bright-red (dubbed Signal Red) Rio hatchback drove onto the main stage at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CAC President Ms. Ginia Domingo reiterated the Rio’s status as the best-selling vehicle in the entire CAC portfolio. With such heavy weight on its shoulders, the Rio definitely has its work cut out for it. And so when the trio of Rios drove up amidst the dancing Carnival girls, there was a collective gasp. Jaws dropped. Eyes were opened by bewilderment. Kia certainly has a winner on its hands.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Kia Rio Now Available in the Philippines!

Photo courtesy of Kia Press
Our friends at has reported that the all-new 2012 Kia Rio has finally landed (albeit silently) onto Philippine shores this past weekend.

In what could be described as the lack of fun fare, Kia's new sub-compact offering (starting price at P 678,000) can now be viewed at all Kia dealerships nationwide. Currently, there's only one body type available: a 4-door sedan. reports that the 5-door hatchback will arrive by mid-January (in two weeks time)--perhaps in line with a bigger launch.

In any case, the all-new Kia Rio has a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine (shared with the Hyundai Accent) and can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic (you have to add P 90,000 for the slush box). In terms of features, the all-new Rio's been stripped for battle only getting the basic goods of a 1-DIN in-dash CD player with USB input shared with all things, the micro Picanto!

That said, a driver's airbag, anti-lock brakes and rear back-up sensors do come as standard meaning the Rio has something going for it against its nearest competitor (the aforementioned Hyundai Accent).


Friday, December 2, 2011

All-New Kia Rio to Launch in Philippines January 19

Photo courtesy of Kia Press
Our intrepid friends over at Top Gear Philippines has managed to sneak out some juicy information about the all-new Kia Rio. It's going to be launched soon. On January 19, 2012 to be precise. If the reports are all true, Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the official distributor of Kia automobiles in the Philippines, has already pencil-booked that date for the Rio's launch.

The same report indicated that the all-new Kia Rio will remain with two engine choices: 1.2-liter (86 horsepower, 120 Nm of torque) and 1.4-liter (106 horsepower, 135 Nm of torque) 4-cylinder engines and two transmission options: a six-speed manual and a four-speed automatic.

The top-spec Rio is said to carry features such as a chilled glove box, cruise control, rear parking sensor, Bluetooth connectivity and even a push button engine start/stop button. The range-topper will have a 1.4-liter engine mated to the 4-speed and will have a 5-door hatchback body.