Feeds
85%
Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi EcoDynmics diesel car

Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi EcoDynamics

Very clean, very green three-pot diesel

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Review A Kia? Reviewed by Reg Hardware? No, we’ve not taken leave of our senses, because the new Rio EcoDynamics is being pitched as the most fuel-efficient and least-polluting car - when it comes to CO2, anyway - you can buy without an electric motor poking its nose into the drive train.

Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi EcoDynmics diesel car

Not a bad looker

It’s also a graphic - not to say frightening - demonstration of how far the Koreans have come as car makers. Less than a decade ago, South Korean motors where a bad joke, bought because they were cheap and had long warranties. They were also styleless, primitive and utterly wretched.

You only have to take a quick look at the exterior of the new Rio - partly styled at Kia’s German studio - to see things have come on a way. It’s not the most individual of shapes but it’s far from unpleasant to look at and more thoughtfully sculptured than some of the recent efforts from the likes of Nissan and Toyota.

Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi EcoDynmics diesel car

Tight lines and shapely headlights

The Eco promise in the name is delivered by a 1.1-litre three-cylinder diesel engine which, on paper, returns an average fuel consumption figure of 88.3mpg and emits 85g/km of CO2. It’s a pretty hi-tech oil burner too, packing twin cams, common rail injection and a variable vane turbo charger.

My test car was the slightly less efficient CRDi 2 Air with 16in alloys, air conditioning and a combined economy figure of 74.3mpg. On a trip from Manchester to Swansea and back - down along the M6/M5 and back up the A483 - I averaged 67mpg on the motorways and 58mpg on the A-road return journey, and I wasn’t hanging about.

Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi EcoDynmics diesel car

The rear spoiler design is unique to EcoDynamics

The only engineering rough edge rears its ugly head when you first turn the key. When started from cold, there is rather more noise and rattle than you get from the best small diesels made by Citroën or Renault.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Next page: Long range runner

More from The Register

next story
Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'
NOT best position for scientific fulfillment
FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study
Fat guy? Drink or smoke? You're worse than a TERRORIST
'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P
Plucky probot aces landing on high-speed space rock - emotional scenes in Darmstadt
SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS
Boffin: 'I think the behaviour is increasing in frequency'
HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rocking boffin Brian Cox
Crowdfund plan to stimulate Blighty's space programme
Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg
Off to the boozer? This delicacy might help mitigate the effects
I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm
'He is just being himself' says proud mum of larger-than-life physicist
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.