Kia's First Hot Hatch
January 30th, 2013 2:40 PM Share
The stupidly named Kia pro_cee’d is going to get the Hyundai Veloster Turbo’s 1.6L 201-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine as part of a GT trim level. The GT will bow at the Geneva Auto Show – which TTAC won’t be covering, since the Swiss Franc’s relative strength will make even an espresso unaffordable.
The important question for North American consumers – will we get a Forte with this powertrain? Or an Elantra GT? We’ve heard hints from Hyundai that an upgraded engine is in the cards for the hatchback. This seems like an obvious choice.
Published January 30th, 2013 2:40 PM
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Looks pretty good--for a Kia. Actually I am impressed with how good Kia's recent products are. Who wants to bet this Kia would be more reliable than a GTI (Google GTI DSG Failure). Still waiting on my Fiat Panda and/or "Buick" Verano 5 door aka Astra.
Remove one superfluous kink in the rear side window and you've got a current-gen Scirocco (in profile) ... which makes sense, considering where the design came from.
I picked up a '13 Rio base this past fall and have been impressed. As the once-owner of an '89 Swift GTi and '93 NX2000 among others, the Rio's overall dynamics and ergos felt like home compared to its segment-mates. You can see where the money was saved (door trim and rear seats, for example), but where it truly counts (cockpit, controls, engine, handling), it is a very fun car to drive, especially for $13k. I'd love to see a turbo option for the 1.6GDI, boosting the Rio into true hot hatch territory as well (with 2 extra doors), but I also get a smile admitting that this lowly base LX would probably run circles around my old Swift (though not with the giddy lift-off oversteer the Swift handed out on command), and still get 10 more mpg... and has airbags...
It looks nice and I guess it will have competitive power but I wonder how it will handle? To me, any new comer to the hot hatch game gets the looks and power right but struggles with handling.