You know that feeling when your telco introduces some cool new feature - like free Netflix or cheap international roaming – only for you to discover you didn't spend enough on your plan to qualify for them?

That’s like the Kia Rio S. While the new and improved Rio formula for 2019 includes two new transmissions and one new engine, the base-model S misses out on any of those needed improvements.

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Sure, it still has those killer Rio looks, but is the rest of the package enough to justify its $17,490 cost of entry in 2019?

I spent the week before Christmas in a Santa suit-red one to find out.