COTY 2011 Kia Rio

Kia Rio, from $16,290

Kia has done a brilliant job in tweaking its cars for Australia from local suspension guru Graeme Gambold, and that has given it the edge in many cases over Hyundai models with the same mechanical basics. The new Rio lifts the badge away from the rock-bottom basics of the baby-car class and it also delivers more for people paying more.

Gover says: Nearly twenty grand is a lot to pay for a Korean compact, even with local input to make it a better drive.

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