Before heading out to the show, we were a little reticent to make a beeline for the Kia stand. You see we’ve been right behind Peter Schreyer’s vision for Kia and fans of the results too. But from the initial press pictures the new Rio looked like it may be the first Schreyer-era Kia to disappoint. Thankfully we were wrong.
It overall form has a sophistication that’s approaching the VW Polo’s in this class. It’s not far behind the car from Wolfsburg when it comes to detail execution either:
Shutline treatment is bold, clean and precise. Rear door/boot treatment has a hint of Mk4 Golf in its parallel-ness
It would have been easy to run the feature line straight through the rear lamp but this subtle sculpturing is indicative of its attention to detail
Interior plastics quality may not be up to the standards of the best but details like these neat rocker switches and bold colourways greatly lift perceived quality