Madan motors the only official dealer of the rio is in chembur which is 5 min max from my home.
I got a call from them that bs4 multijet rio in white is ready for the test drive so please do come .
My brother and dad since we're home came along with me .
First impression- the rio looks stunning , cute and seriously beautiful to look ,the paint quality is surprisingly good , there is nice glossy shine to it which will look more beautiful in red and black too.
There are no irritating panel gaps out side everything looks well fitted and the black claddings and rear door wheel give the rio quite a sporty character my dad was very impressed with the look .
Inside the rio- inside the rio things are not so spacious , but the interiors and plastics though having some rough edges are in the same league as the bolero and sumo gold.
There is no sterring adjustment and anybody who is 5"11 might have some trouble adjusting in the driver seat .
Rear seats are foldable completely and also have 60/40 split . The rear space is strictly strictly strictly for 2 or 3 kids .
The rear seat back rest has reclining but the height of the back rest being not long dosent make a comfertable experience .
My dad 5"10 and brother 6-2 were seating but moment I pushed the driver seat a little back my brother was completely uncomfortable .
The ergonomics position for the driver is good and gives a commanding view of the road ahead and the edges of bonnet are clearly visible .
But how is the rio to drive with a multijet heart ?
The gear box has short throws and is extremely smooth to operate the clutch travel is less and quite smooth to operate too.
Slot the first gear leave the clutch slowly and te rio is very eager to move forward with lot of enthusiasm without giving any kind of throttle response .
I dint get chance to rip her but the rio moves along very well the turning radius is very short and you can move the rio zip zap zoom in the traffic with ease and is quite fun .
I took the rio max upto 90 kmph and it was running well and good without any strain or anything .
But the nvh levels are bit on higher side when you compare it with other multijet options in the market .
To be honest it was quite a fun to drive the rio around .the rio soaks the potholes and broken roads without any problems and the suspension seemed quite ok there were no serious jolts faced in the cabin too .
The car enjoyed good attention on roads people were looking at the rio with eager eyes whenever I stopped at the traffic signal .
Overall at the asking price of 8:72 lakhs on road. Mumbai its quite expensive ,though abs
, 5 alloys , music system come standard the rio falls short in comfort and overall refinement .
The rio is a car for college students, a couple with 2 small kids, if you have money a extra car for your wife or maybe for yourself which can really add some fun when you drive it around but somewhat it falls short in earning the label vfm
which we Indians give highest priority .
Overall I think it's a decent attempt by premeir . Warranty is for 3 years and there is only 1 service station in Mumbai that too in chembur .
In the showroom there were other then me 2 more people who had come to see the rio.
If the same car was launched by say tata, Hyundai and maruti I bet many people would have bought it because it really looks cool,fresh young and cute too.
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