Kia’s best selling car, the Rio, is available for the first time with a fantastic finance package offering the double whammy of low initial payment and low monthly payments.

The Rio, which was Highly Recommended in the What Car? Car of the Year 2003 Awards, can be driven away for a deposit of just £1, followed by 48 monthly payments of £146.64. (The total amount payable is £7089.72 including £95 acceptance fee and £50 option to purchase fee.) The finance offer is available on all Rio models until 31 March 2003 (Sample prices are for Rio 1.3.)

Paul Williams, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: "The response to the new Rio has been very strong and the addition of an industry leading finance package gives Kia a great sales platform. Our research has shown that customers have grown weary of low monthly payment deals requiring a high initial payment so we have structured a deal with a very low deposit and very competitive monthly payments, the best of both worlds if you like."

Recent updates to the Rio have been highly acclaimed by leading motoring magazines including Auto Express (22 January 2003) who concluded: "If Kia’s cars continue to improve at the rate demonstrated by the new Rio, the competition had better watch out. It is fast becoming a good drive, and certainly offers spectacular value for money."

With prices ranging from £5995, Rio is a ‘Focus size’ car at a ‘Fiesta three-door’ price. The top-of-the-range 1.5SE, priced at £8995, comes with air conditioning, alloy wheels, fog lights, rear roof spoiler, leather steering wheel and gear knob as well as ABS with EBD. The 1.3 Rio is placed in insurance group 3 and with an extra-urban fuel consumption of 52.3mpg and a combined figure of 42.8mpg, has very competitive ownership costs.

All Kias benefit from a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty, six-year anti-perforation warranty and three-years’ European roadside assistance for peace of mind when abroad.

Published : 22/02/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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