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CarAdvice podcast 131: Around Australia in a Tesla Model X

This week you're joined by Mandy Turner, Paul Maric and Scott Collie. In car news, the 2019 Porsche 911 and Mazda 3 have been revealed, Hyundai Ioniq pricing and specs have been announced, and GM has announced it'll be closing factories and culling models. Trent Nikolic reviews the 2019 Kia Rio GT-Line. On The Shortlist, we help Mark look for a ute for under $40,000...

2019 Kia Rio pricing and specs

Kia Australia has officially released pricing and specifications details for the refreshed 2019 Rio range, which is on sale from $16,990 before on-road costs. The outgoing Si and SLi variants have been replaced by the Sport and GT-Line locally, with the entry-level 'S' remaining unchanged for the new model year...

2019 Kia Rio GT-Line confirmed for Australia

The Kia Rio GT-Line will be coming to Australia after all, with a social media video by a Melbourne dealer confirming the sport-themed variant for the local line-up. UPDATE, 25/10/18: Kia Australia has confirmed pricing and specifications for the MY19 Rio range, read more here...

2017-18 Kia Stinger, Rio recalled

Kia Australia has recalled the 2017-18 Rio and Stinger, over concerns about the load ratings specified on their tow bars. According to the company, the tow bar labels have incorrect load ratings specified. Kia says that could result in the tow bar being used to tow objects above its maximum weight...

Kia Rio 1.0-litre turbo could come to Australia after all

One of the major shortcomings of the Australian-market Kia Rio is its uninspiring powertrain and transmission combination, but that could be about to change. With the launch of the facelifted Hyundai i20 range a fortnight ago – which shares various components with the Rio – a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic option was added to the car's 1...

2017 Kia Rio recalled for door lock fix

Kia has recalled the 2017 'YB' Rio, over concerns the rear door lock assembly could be out of specification. According to the company, the rear door lock cable might be the wrong length, which could mean seemingly active child locks aren't activated. If occupants are able to open the doors from the inside when they shouldn't be, there's a heightened risk of accidents for the driver and other road users...

2018 Kia Rio GT-Line revealed, but it's not for Oz

The Kia Rio GT-Line has been revealed ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show in March, ahead of a European introduction in the coming months. Headlining the new variant is an array of sport-themed styling and equipment upgrades inside and out, along with the debut of lane-keep assist in the Rio range - which will be available to European customers from the third quarter of 2018...

Kia lobs Australian Open editions

Kia Australia has launched into full swing for this year's Australian Open tennis tournament, detailing a set of tennis-themed special editions based on the Picanto, Rio, Sportage and Stinger. First cab off the rank is the Picanto AO Edition, which features some sporty-looking extras, along with some Babolat tennis kit...

2017 Good Design Awards, Chicago: Genesis, Kia, Mitsubishi the big winners

The winners of the 2017 Good Design Awards have been announced, with several automotive manufacturers snagging multiple titles - including Genesis, Kia and Mitsubishi. In addition to the aforementioned brands, awards were won by Bentley, Ferrari, Hyundai and Range Rover...

Kia Rio, Suzuki Swift get five-star ANCAP ratings

In addition to the MG GS achieving a milestone five-star safety rating this week, the Kia Rio and Suzuki Swift light hatches were also awarded top marks this week by ANCAP, though the latter only applies to certain variants...

The Shortlist: $18k commuter car with camera and sensors

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...