Originally Posted by OzSLS
i have no idea why people keeping saying things like this..
the GDi motor in the Rio is one of the best small capacity engines around, and class leading in many ways.
Oz - I couldn't agree with you more. The Gamma 1.6 GDI is a technical marvel and one sweet motor. When combined with either the 6M or 6A transmissions this is by far the best drivetrain in its class. My son has the Duratec 1.6 MFI in his Fiesta with the 6A transmission. It is clunky at slow speeds, and acts like it is in "ECO" mode under all driving conditions.
After driving both cars my wife
calls the Fiesta a "slug"
Without a doubt the Rio could use some more european tuning in the suspension and steering systems, but the drivetrain is a class leader. I love the fact that I can overide the 6A transmission at will in Sport Mode while the Fiesta gives you no such option. It is also nice to be able to start in 2nd gear in slippery conditions, and I absolutely LOVE holding 3rd Gear to 3500 RPM (or so)!
The Rio may have some flaws, but the engine and transmission are not among them...