Premier Rio Diesel DX Review
India's Cheapest Compact SUVThursday, September 5, 2013
Premier Rio is a compact SUV launched by Premier in India in 2011 and recently it also released a new diesel variant of it. It is developed jointly by Premier and a Chinese firm Zotye and is one of the cheapest SUV in the Indian market. It is available in a large number of variants and thus plans to overtake Indian compact SUV segment in the near future.
The exterior of Premier Rio lacks a sturdy and macho look as many SUVs tend to highlight but it has a simple look and the price range did all the rest work for it. It has huge double barrel headlamps, large windscreen with 2-speed and 1-speed intermittent wiper, large front bumper with lightly chromed radiator grille, three spoke 15-inch alloy wheels with tubeless radial tires, huge roof rails, indicators lights below the impact line, internally adjustable ORVMs with turn indicators, a chin spoiler, body colored side view mirrors, black colored B-pillars, rear tailgate with key-type opening, simpler tail lamps with side cladding, rear fog lamps and demister, rear wiper and washer, front track and rear track of 1305mm and 1310mm respectively, a fully covered spare wheel at rear and a sporty rear spoiler with integrated brake lights. It has a length of 3970mm, width of 1570mm and height of 1730mm as its dimension and has a large wheelbase of 2420mm. It has a gross vehicle weight of 1530kgs and kerb weight of 1080kgs for petrol variants and 1145kgs for diesel variants.
The inside of Premier Rio is lashed with fabric upholstery, grey interiors, electrically adjustable ORVMs, beige interiors, three spoke power steering and adjustable seats. It is a spacious SUV with boot space of 454 litres which can be extended to provide a boot space of 1158 litres by folding the rear seats. To provide the passengers with a comfortable journey, it has leather seats with head restraints, removable ash tray, cup holders, tinted glasses, a digital clock and trim pockets on front doors and power windows. It also has a Nippon stereo system with CD/MP3 player, FM Radio, AUX-in, USB port and four quality speakers.
Premier Rio comes with three engine options out of which two are diesel and one is petrol. The 1173cc 1.2L 4-cylinder naturally aspirated BS-IV compliant MPFI petrol engine has a maximum power of 76.6 bhp at 5800 rpm and a maximum torque of 103.9 Nm at 3500-4250 rpm giving the top speed of around 145kmph and reaches 0-100kmph mark in 18 seconds with the ARAI mileage of 16kmpl. The 1489cc 1.5L 4-cylinder fixed geometry turbo charger BS-III compliant diesel engine has a maximum power of 64.8 bhp at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 152 Nm at 2250-3000 rpm giving the top speed of around 145kmph and reaches 0-100kmph mark in 19 seconds with the ARAI mileage of 12kmpl. The new 1248cc 1.3L 4-cylinder fixed geometry turbo charger with Inter cooler BS-IV compliant Multijet CRDi4 diesel engine has a maximum power of 72 bhp at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 183 Nm at 1800-2400 rpm with the ARAI mileage of 19kmpl. The SUV has a good ground clearance of 200mm and turning circle radius of 4.7m. It also has a fuel tank capacity of 46 litres. It has disk brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. The suspension system is a McPherson strut type with coil spring at front and 5 rods system type at rear. All the engines of Rio have a five speed manual gearbox transmission.
Premier Rio has also added some important safety features such as ABS with EBD, rear seat belts, 3-point ELR with pretensioners in front seat belts, high mounted stop lamp, rear door child lock, keyless entry, side impact beams and Brake Assist and central door locking. Overall, this is a good compact SUV with reasonable looks and interior quality, good performing engine with reliable mileage, appropriate safety features and compact size with mouth-watering price range but the maintenance could be a big problem in the sale of this compact SUV.