Thanks to the unstoppable armada of SUV’s, hatchbacks are following their sedan brethren by dying a not-so-slow death in our sales charts. Nonetheless, Kia still makes this wholesome Rio and we give you our quick impression of it.
We’re unsure what the scientific term for them is but let’s call them fanfare heroes… entering our market with a huge bang only to go straight down the slippery slide of obscurity. Y’all know what we mean, right? Here, allow us to explain.
The beluga whale
New cars are jolly expensive these days, especially when you consider the amount of metal you get for your money. MPV’s and minibuses represent the best value but they tend to look (and feel) so boxy… enter stage left, this cool new Kia.
Does anybody still buy big MPV van things? Kia certainly thinks – or hopes – so.
The tasteful basics
Where are the keyless touch-screen gadgets? Not here, thank Heavens…
Do you require a cool city runabout with lots of new gadgets? Small cars are getting smarter and Kia even named their flagship Picanto accordingly. We test-drove the updated model and drew up a comparison with every other hatchback we could find!
One new car, lots of information in short paragraphs.
What you need to know: Kia’s new Sportage is closely related to its Korean cousin, the Hyundai Tucson. Besides sharing a lot of technology, the relation is evident in both vehicle’s stylish looks. Where a Tucson shows flowing lines, the Sportage was penned with more determined strokes of the pen.
Ag no man. Your mother-in-law is coming along on holiday and the kids want to take ALL their toys and sports equipment along. Where are you going to fit all of this?
Perhaps you have already invested in a sizable trailer and decent roof-top box but your car simply can’t handle more luggage. Well, we at NamWheels love to help and have compiled a list of cars with at least 400L of luggage space. Big enough to put your skoonma in the boot.
Do you bang the middle man?
(is jy bang vir die middelmannetjie?) So you live on a plaas but don’t have / want a 4×4. Here’s a list of affordable cars with high ground clearance that are not 4×4, SUV’s, AWD, Crossovers, Bakkies, LCV’s, etc.
Here’s our list of cars we tested in 2015 which made such a good impression that we just had to tell you about them…