Saturday, July 15, 2017
Welly 1:43 Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Pride (Rio)
After getting the first five Hyundai/Kia models from Welly to review the last two in this set arrived, the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and Kia Pride subcompact car.
Hyundai Santa Fe
After success in the first-generation the Santa Fe has since moved up in size and for 2010 it offers two versions: the 5-passenger Santa Fe Sport (shown here) and the 7-passenger Santa Fe to replace the awkward-looking Veracruz. Like other Hyundai products it also wears the fluid sculpture styling that looks pretty good on the Santa Fe and finally gives the SUV some style. The interior is roomy and better laid out in design and material quality. While the larger Santa Fe can be had with a V6, the smaller Sport loses the V6 in favor of four-cylinder motors, a 2.4L DOHC I-4 that produces 190 horsepower through a six-speed automatic transmission in front- or all-wheel drive layouts.
I picked that rather odd color for this SUV: A gray color that has a tint of purple in it. Still this SUV looks good no matter what color it is in. The front has large swept back headlights that connect to a grille with horizontal chrome bars and below the foglights sweep back from the lower grille. On the sides the Santa Fe gets rugged lower body trim that also wraps around the double 5-spoke wheels. A dash of chrome trim outlines the side windows. The rear has swept back taillights with a rear spoiler and a lower black trim with dual tipped exhaust. Underneath you can see the exhaust layout along with the all-wheel drive system that is recessed enough to provide lots of ground clearance. The panoramic sunroof is there again in black on the roof and still does not offer a see-through area. The interior has seating for five with plenty of room and a dashboard layout similar to the Elantra. The 4-spoke steering wheel sits in front of dual pod gauges with center radio and HVAC controls containing blue display screens and chrome trim added to the center console and dashboard.
The Kia Pride, also known as the K3 or Rio in other markets, is Kia's smallest car offering that debut in 2000 and also allowed the Forte to grow in size. This current-generation has a design that is more inline with the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta models with a similar rounded appearance and sporty trim details. Even with the rounded look it still manages to fit in the fluid Kia stying very nicely. The interior offers seating for five with a slight improvement in materials and overall space. The powertrain is a 1.6L DOHC I-4 that produces an estimated 125 horsepower through a six-speed automatic transmission.
Compared to the Cerato in it's rental-car grade gray this blue Pride 5-door looks more sportier and better-looking sitting on large 5-spoke wheels. The front has large headlights that has semi-circular cut-outs leading into the front bumper, the tiger-shark Kia grille, and larger lower grilles with small foglights. The sides show a rather round 5-door hatch look with a bit of sporting flair and a sunroof. The rear has large taillights that sit high in the hatch and have that Golf-like look and is joined by lower black trim, dual tipped exhaust, and even rear parking sensors. The base has plenty of details from the exhaust with the rather odd rear muffler position to the front subframe with the detailed engine and transmission parts. The interior has seating for five that is a bit tight with lots of cargo space and a dashboard that has a similar layout to the Cerato but without the ripples across the passenger-side of the dashboard. It may be the smallest car in the Kia lineup but at least it has an ounce of style to go along with the K5.