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Hatchback power: Kia Rio vs. Suzuki Swift

Hatchback power: Kia Rio vs. Suzuki Swift
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Hatchbacks continue to be an endearing form for many people on the lookout for their own ride.

So, for those who are considering a hatchback as their first vehicle or an additional one in their respective garages, we look at two hatches here: the Kia Rio and the Suzuki Swift. 

The Kia Rio assumes a large, bold appearance — with a distinct profile and expansive interior space. Daily or weekend road trips are more convenient due to this hatchback’s clever features and approaches for loading luggage and storing items. 

The Rio’s cockpit also gives emphasis to conveying driving information while lessening distractions. The instrument cluster offers significant information for drivers and its center floating display provides greater access to comfort and entertainment controls. 

When it comes to safety, the Rio features essential passive safety innovations and intelligent active safety technology for protection of its occupants. 

Meanwhile, the Suzuki Swift is a vehicle that is regarded as “uplifting” due to its standout road presence. 

It is positioned as a vehicle “made for driving” thanks to its muscular lines, overflowing dynamics, as well as broad and low stance. The Swift also boasts of a powertrain that enables you to feel more connected and in full control of the road.

Its generous luggage space enables you to take the Swift anywhere you want, together with your loved ones. It also has split, fold-down rear seatbacks that allow you to load what you need. 

Sufficient head clearance is attained because of its front seats that have been adjusted 10mm outward, 23mm more lateral and vertical spaces for the rear seats, and convenient storage spaces.

Inside, the Swift takes pride in its “driver first” design, a center console that is positioned toward the driver, and a racecar-like, D-shaped steering wheel to generate a supreme and sportier environment that connects the driver and the vehicle.

Peace of mind is important for the occupants of a car to enjoy their road trips. Thus, the Swift features a range of innovative safety amenities to help protect the driver and passengers in the event of a collision or any traffic hazards.

Apart from similarities in the number of doors, seating capacity, vehicle type and wheels, these two hatchbacks have specific differences in their specifications. 

Find out more about the features of the Kia Rio 1.4 EX AT and the Suzuki Swift GL 1.2L CVT here:

SPECIFICATIONS

Kia Rio 1.4 EX AT

Suzuki Swift GL 1.2L CVT

Vehicle type

Hatchback

Hatchback

Length (mm)

4,065

3,840

Width (mm)

1,725

1,735

Height (mm)

1,450

1,495

Wheelbase (mm)

2,580

2,450

Displacement (cc)

1,368

1,197

Minimum ground clearance (mm)

150

120

Minimum turning radius (m)

5.1

4.8

Fuel tank capacity (liters)

45

37

Curb weight (kg)

1,158

860

Engine type

1.4L Inline-4 Cylinder Petrol, Kappa Dual CVVT

K12M

Transmission

4-speed Automatic with Manual Mode

Continuously variable transmission (CVT)

Maximum power output (hp)

99

82

Maximum torque (Nm)

133

113

Steering

Motor Driven Power Steering

Power Steering

Brakes

(Front) Disc



(Rear) Drum

(Front) Ventilated Disc



(Rear) Drum, Leading & Trailing

Suspension

(Front) MacPherson Strut + H-type sub-frame


(Rear) Tubular Coupled Torsion Beam Axle

(Front) MacPherson Strut w/ Coil Spring


(Rear) Torsion Beam w/ Coil Spring

Wheel type

16-inch Alloy 

16-inch Alloy

Tire Size

195/55/R16

185 /55/R16

Headlamps

Projector-type Halogen with Static Bending, Manual Leveling and Auto Light Control

Halogen Multi-reflector

Position Lamps

LED

LED (with DRL)

Fog Lamps

With (front)

With

Rear Combination Lamps

With

LED

Exterior Rear view Mirrors

Body Color with Power Adjustment, Power Folding and Heat Function

Body-colored, Electrical Adjust

Wipers

Intermittent Front Windshield

(Front)- 2-speeds low, high + intermittent + washer 



(Rear)- 1-speed + Intermittent + Washer

Outside Door Handles

Body Colored

Body Colored

Bumpers (front and rear)

Body Color with Black Moulding

Body Colored

Luggage Cover

With

With

Luggage Area Light

With

With

Luggage capacity (VDA, L)

325

(Seatback Folded) 556


(Seatback Raised) 242

No. of Doors

5

5

Seating capacity

5

5

Seats

(Front) Driver: Height Adjust, Recline and Slide; Passenger: Recline and Slide


(Seat Back Pocket) Front Passenger Seat


(Rear) 60:40 Folding

(Front) Driver; Seat Height Adjuster



(Seat Back Pocket) Front Passenger Seat


(Rear) 60:40 Split-Single Fold

Front grille

Black and Chrome Radiator Grille

Black

Air Conditioning System

With

With

Power Door Locks

With

With

Tachometer

With

With

Audio system and Connectivity

7-inch Touchscreen; AM/FM Radio, MP3 with USB and Aux-in ports with Bluetooth, Apple Carplay and Android Auto with Voice Control

7-inch Multimedia Touchscreen with connectivity bluetooth, USB, AUX input, and audio offline navigation

Speakers

4+2 tweeters

With (front and rear)

Front airbags

Driver and Front Passenger

With (SRS Dual)

Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

With

With (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution or EBD)

Seatbelts

(Front) 3 Point with Pretensioner x2 





(Rear) 3 Point x 2; 2 Point x 1

(Front) 3-point ELR with Pretensioner, Force Limiter, and Height Adjuster




(Rear) 3-point ELR seat belts (Side, Center)

Child Anchor

Upper and Lower (Rear)

With

Child Safety Lock

Rear Doors

With

Central Locking

With

With

Day and Night Rear View Mirror

With

With

Engine Immobilizer

With

With

Available Colors

Signal Red, Clear White, Platinum Graphite

Metallic Silver, Pearl Pure White, Metallic Speedy Blue 3, Metallic Mineral Gray 2, Pearl Super Black 2, Pearl Ablaze Red 3

Price

P985,000

P819,000

 

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KIA Rio vs Suzuki Swift Comparison

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