By Stewart Smith on 2017-07-19 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Kia on the Pulse
with new Rio
THE new Kia Rio range is being expanded with the introduction of a limited edition Pulse model.
The Rio Pulse enters the line-up between the mid-grade 2 and high-grade 3 versions and costs £14,595.
The price includes either Clear White or Midnight Black paint as standard which is an extra-charge on other models in the Rio range.
The Rio Pulse is also distinguished by a red roof and red front vents, mirror caps and side skirt trims.
A similar theme is extended to the interior, where there is black and red faux leather upholstery and red faux leather door inserts. The facia trim is finished in red metallic paint.
The Pulse is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/45 R17 tyres, a black radiator grille with chrome surround and privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate.
In-car entertainment and connectivity includes a six-speaker audio system and a five-inch colour touchscreen linked to a DAB radio with RDS messaging.
There is Bluetooth with music streaming, front and rear USB charging points, a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines, rear parking sensors and a 3.5-inch cluster display.
Active safety provisions include Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Cornering Brake Control, Straight-Line Stability and Hill Start Assist.
The Rio Pulse is powered by Kia's four-cylinder, 16-valve, 1.25-litre Gamma multi-point injection petrol engine developing 83bhp and drives through a five-speed manual gearbox.
A stop/start system is fitted to all versions which gives the Pulse a claimed fuel return of 58.8mpg with a CO2 figure of 109g/km. Performance is 0 to 60 in 12.5 seconds with a maximum of 107mph.
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