22 March 2012
Commenting on the Rio's win, Ralph Morton, Editor, Business Car Manager said: "Any Kia Rio is a good car - but the EcoDynamics version is a champion. It returns a staggering 88mpg and emits just 85g/km of CO2 thanks to a punchy and characterful 1.1-litre three-cylinder diesel engine."
"As well as those cheap running costs, the Rio boasts an ownership experience that is anything but. This is a compact hatchback that looks just as smart as its Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa rivals - while inside there's plenty of space, the cabin is really well made and there's lots of equipment. It's precise to drive too. You certainly don't feel like a second-class citizen in a Rio; it's a genuine class-beater." added Morton.
Available with CO2 outputs as low as 85g/km - the lowest of any non-electric vehicle currently on sale - and with all trim versions falling below the important 100g/km threshold, the Rio 1.1 CRDi EcoDynamics impressed the Business Car Manager judges as an overall ownership proposition and not just for its class-leading green attributes.
John Hargreaves, Head of Fleet & Remarketing, Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, said: "Low CO2 emissions are relevant to all our customers but with the imminent BIK tax changes, sub-100g/km levels, like those on all Rio 1.1 CRDi EcoDynamics, will become increasingly important to our business customers so I'm delighted that our environmental efforts have been recognised by Business Car Manager with this award."
The Business Car Manager award is the Rio EcoDynamic's third so far in 2012 having already scooped CarBuyer's 2012 Green Car of the Year Award as well as having been singled out for special praise in Kia's What Car? 2012 Ultra-Low-Carbon Award.
The Kia Rio range is priced from £9,995 and the 1.1 CRDi EcoDynamics version is available from £11,895. The entire Rio range is available with Kia's fixed price servicing plans, Care-3 and Care-3 Plus, which offer 3 or 5 years servicing from just £269.
Any Kia Rio is a good car - but the EcoDynamics version is a champion. Ralph Morton, Editor, Business Car Manager