After all the talk about Kia Motors turning into a GT automotive brand, there was a lot of speculation about which vehicles could benefit from a GT. They had to be real winners of the Kia Motors lineup. After all, it would seem that the already popular Kia Stinger sports car started the GT theme with its three “GT” trims. It didn’t take too much time for Kia to name a few winners – the 2020 Kia Soul GT, the 2019/20 Kia Forte GT, and the Kia Rio GT. We all know the Kia Soul will always be funky, and the Forte holds a bit of class. Although the Kia Rio has been around for a bit, it’s still one of those models that fly under the radar. Let’s take a look at what makes this sedan so great, and why Kia chose it for their first round of GT models.
When it comes to the U.S. market, small cars are all but dead. Big name Ford pulled all of their sedans from American shores, except for their beloved Mustang, practically giving up the game. Still, in the midst of what seems like a dying age for sedans, with a quickly saturating SUV and crossover market, Kia Motors is willing to back their Kia Rio.
Made up of two trims, consumers don’t have to worry too much about what they’re getting and what they’ll get. Powered by a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that can generate 130 horsepower, the Rio focuses more on making driving fun than fast. With an automatic transmission the only option for 2019, consumers can cruise along the highway and through city streets, with a fuel economy of 29/37 mpg city/highway.
“It’s very European on purpose in terms of its drivability , and the driving dynamics are fun…It’s a class above the segment expectation.” – Saad Chehab, vice president of marketing communications for Kia Motors America.
Agile performance in driving isn’t the only winning feature of the Kia Rio. It’s style is like none other, especially over the last few years with Peter Schreyer behind the wheel on designing Kia Motors vehicles. As Chehab noted, the Rio pulls a lot of its roots from European origins, and that influence affects the 2019 Kia Rio by extending the chassis to be the longest, widest and lowest yet. The sedan is actually 13 inches longer than the hatchback variant.
Of course, the inside of a vehicle needs to be welcoming, and the Kai Rio presents a cabin much roomier than one might expect. An available infotainment system courtesy of UVO eServices with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay add to the entertainment. Plus, the cargo space options between the sedan and hatchback make the Rio all the more sensible choice.
“This car is very, very convenient as an entry vehicle for the brand…It is one of the not-many-left-in-the-segment opportunities for us to still offer an entry-level car to consumers with the fuel economy, technology and versatility they want…It’s even got a 10-year warranty. It’s the best deal you can get.” – Chehab.
No wonder why Kia Motors chose the Rio for the GT lineup. Keep an eye on Kia Motors with Miami Lakes Kia social media. Plus, with a starting MSRP of $15,390 (plus destination fee), and $16,490 (plus destination fee) for the hatchback, why not check out the new Kia Rio? Find yours at Miami Lakes Kia today.
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