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layout means it is easy to understand and use. Longer and wider than the previous model, the cabin of the new Rio is roomy even for rear occupants and at 325 litres, the boot is 13 per cent bigger. Wide-open- ing doors give good access and the rear seats fold to allow bulky items, though like so many in the class, the load floor is not level. Out and about, the Rio has light-touch


iT dRives and Behaves LIKE MOST HATCHBACKS IN THE SECTOR,


EXTREMELY COMPETENT THOUGH NOT TOO EXCITING


controls for easy driving, with precise steer- ing and an accurate manual gearbox. Ride quality is fairly


typical of class standards, so too the general handling, so nothing to complain about. It drives and behaves like most hatchbacks in the sector, extremely competant though not too exciting. Kia models are well built and well finished – hence that 7-year warranty - and the brand has well and truly shaken off the budget-car image it had a few years ago. It is a now a very respected marque offering genuine competition for big mainstream


rivals – as the new Rio clearly demonstrates. FORD FIESTA Titanium


THE FORD FIESTA HAS BEEN BRITAIN’S TOP-SELLING CAR FOR THE PAST DECADE AND SINCE IT WAS FIRST Launched in The 1970s, The OveRaLL saLes TOTaL is MORE THAN 4 MILLION. Those are impressive statistics and the obvious conclusion is that so many buyers just cannot be wrong and that’s a fair point. Ford puts the long-term success down to ‘style, value and driving dynamics’ though there is probably more to it than that. There are class rivals which are cheaper and in the view of some may look better and drive better but they all have individual shortcomings. The reason the Fiesta remains king is that it it pulls all those strands together to make it best car overall. It’s the perfect all-rounder and that’s key to why it has such a devoted following. Fiesta prices start at £12,715 for a version which has alloy


wheels, air-conditioning and Bluetooth but not too much more. Mid-range Zetec models add more kit and my upper range Titanium test model added even more, which took the price in 5-door diesel form to £18,525. This model has a refined 1.5 litre 118 hp diesel unit with 6-speed manual gearbox and nippy performance – 0-60 mph 9 seconds and top speed 121 mph. However, it still returns an impressive 88.3 mpg combined - so frugal that at times I felt the fuel guage may have jammed! The Fiesta is fun to drive, nimble and composed in the


corners and with a very comfortable ride. Steering is accurate and gives good feedback and while the gearshift isn’t quite as slick as it might be, the gears are well-spaced. The latest Fiesta - longer and wider than its predecessor - benefits from a mild visual makeover which sharpens its exterior looks but the main difference is a re-designed cabin which looks more impressive, with a modern dashboard layout and greater use of soft-touch materials. Fiesta scores highly for practicality. There is more leg-


Fun TO dRive, niMBLe


AND COMPOSED IN THE CORNERS AND WITH A veRy cOMFORTaBLe Ride.


room for rear seat occupants and boot space is 303 litres, expandable to 984 litres. The tailgate is larger than on the previous model though there is a deep load-lip. However, a variable-height boot floor is an option. Standard kit on this version is extensive and includes 16-inch alloy wheels, heated windscreen, rear privacy glass,


keyless entry and push-button start, cruise control, tyre pres- sure monitoring, auto lights and wipers, sat-nav with 8-inch touch screen, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


Kingsbridge Auto Repair and Rescue


Unit 10 Halwell Business Park


Totnes, Devon, TQ97LQ Established for over 10 years


• 24hr Breakdown and Recovery


• Brand new purpose built premises • Class 4 & 7 MOT’s


• Servicing and repairs to all makes and models


• Clutches / Brakes / Tyres • Exhausts and batteries


• Up to date diagnostic equipment • Collection/delivery & courtesy cars available on request


Call us on 01803 712300


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