Direct competitors: Kia Rio and Hyundai Solaris which is better to choose?
The Kia Rio hatchback and sedan have been produced since 1999, at the moment this car has already undergone four profound upgrades, the latter was carried out in 2017. Between the release of the next generation model, the automaker did not forget to resty the body, the cabin, made some changes to the composition of the technical optional equipment. With this in mind, in the secondary market, you can buy seven different versions of the Kia Rio, and if you take into account that this car is going to sedan and hatchback, the number of options expands to fourteen.
Hyundai Solaris does not have such a long history, this model is available in sedan and hatchback since 2010. The car has undergone a deep modernization in 2017 and in 2014 was restyled. Thus, in car dealerships and in the secondary car market, you can buy three different Solaris variants.
The appearance of Rio and Hyundai Solaris is equally dynamic, has elements that attract attention. So, in the bow of the third generation “Rio” past restyling high side faces of stamping, made on the hood, stand out. The grille has a corporate design, enclosed in a frame of silver polymer, tightened with a grid with the original pattern of cells. Large blocks of head light harmoniously fit into the elements around them. Along the sides of the trapezoidal air intake are formed niches with strips of LED running lights and fog lamps.
The line of the Rio’s armrest rises at a rather steep angle, and a well-marked punching edge runs parallel to it through the door handles. Volumetric rear lights are located partly on the wings, partly on the tailgate, which are visually divided into two parts with a high stiffener.
The main light blocks of the restyled version of Solaris of the first generation are shaped as a large, elongated diamond, a narrow radiator grille has a V-shape, decorated with a pair of blinds “chrome”, in the center of which is placed a large automaker logo. The side niches repeat the contours of the headlamp blocks, LED running lights and fog lights are installed in them. The roof of the roof harmoniously merges with the lid of the luggage compartment, which is coated with a number of decorative elements. The design of the rear lights and headlight units is identical, the marker lights of the original form are embedded in the bumper.
The quality of the interior design, ergonomics of the driver’s place at Rio and Solaris are approximately at the same level, although subjectively, the interior of Rio causes more positive emotions. Here, first of all, the original design of the instrument panel is striking. It consists of three large dials, placed in individual wells protected from the sun with personal peaks. The multimedia system display is integrated in the center of the front panel, with adjustable air ducts located above it. On the side console, in addition to the gearbox selector, there is a pair of cup holders. The seats are covered with fabric, the front seats are provided with well-appreciable lateral support.
The Solaris instrument panel is equipped with two large scales and an onboard computer display. The front panel also provides for the availability of a regular place for the installation of the display of the multimedia complex, under it are arranged conveniently provided by the backlight controllers of climatic equipment. The wide armrests of the doors are arched, from the driver’s side there is a joystick for adjusting the positions of the mirrors, and the activation keys for the servo-actuator for windows. The front seats are given a profile that provides confident support for the body, while the side bolsters do not interfere with free sitting and getting up from the seats.
Hyundai Solaris is equipped with 1.4 and 1.6-liter gasoline power plants with a capacity of 107 and 123 liters. forces, both engines are able to work in tandem with a mechanical or automatic transmission. A less powerful unit has a volume of 1396 cm3, is capable of providing acceleration in a straight line up to a hundred in 11.5 seconds, the maximum speed of 190 km / h. The top engine has a volume of 1591 cm3, acceleration to a hundred – 10.3 seconds.
Solaris can have a complete set of levels: Active, Comfort, Elegance and 4 variants of the Super Series. The base on board the car has ABS, an on-board computer, power steering, a full-time radio, air conditioning. In the maximum equipment, only a 123-hp engine is installed under the hood, the options are supplemented with a stabilization system, rear parking sensors, immobilizer, central locking, servo-drive for all windows, 16-inch wheels are installed under the wheel arches.