Budget Light Cars like the Kia Rio

2019 Kia Rio GT exterior front 3/4.

In the budget “light car” category in Australia some cars have come and gone as David Brown Reports

The Hyundai Accent is current the best seller light car followed by Mazda 2 and Toyota Yaris but the Holden Barina and the Ford Fiesta have dropped out of the market. Kia Rio is a consistent performer

A consistent performer is the Kia Rio in 5th

Currently all Rio prices are drive away with the base model manual selling for $16,990

An extra $1000 gets you an automatic and another grand gets you the sport model.

Comfortable with reasonable room.

The 1.4 ltre engine is not powerful, good for urban situations but you have to work the engine hard for firm acceleration.

Another four grand gets you a hot turbo version

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto