Very well summarized - I agree completely.I have a 3 door hatch so I obviously like it!
Here in Australia the highest trim Rio is only available on a 3 door hatch strangely enough. I think the idea is to attract young males to the brand with a sportier looking car- a demographic which is unlikely to have families of their own just yet.
I read somewhere that the designer, Massimo Fraschella, designed the Rio as a 3 door hatch originally and I think that is apparent in the proportions of the car. Personally I think the 3 door hatch is the most aesthetically appealing Rio of the bunch however I would choose the 5 door hatch myself for practicality and resale value if it were available in the highest trim and not much more expensive than the 3 door hatch.
As posters have stated above the 3 door hatch is a good option if you don't intend to start a family anytime soon, don't drive regularly with more than 1 passenger, or don't intend to sell it in a few years as they don't hold their value as well as the 5 door option.
Are you aware of the years of pain north American auto enthusiasts have gone thru drooling over 3-door hot hatches you guys get compared to our 5????oh look at the haters!
either way it's another chance to shamelessly flaunt pictures of my 3 door. We don't plan any family any time soon, but even if we did, there's more than enough room and accessibility. Besides i have a sedan in the driveway also, this thing is a work/shopping trolley.
ha! Surely you get the VW Sirocco, Megane turbo, the old Fiesta XR4 (ST/RS whatever it was overseas), Focus ST etc.. right? or are three doors banned in that area heh. But it's ok, because we all drool over the features you guys get that we don't, and your better prices.Are you aware of the years of pain north American auto enthusiasts have gone thru drooling over 3-door hot hatches you guys get compared to our 5????
Yeah, its nice.
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yes and no, i know a lot of people who love 3 door cars, and i was annoyed when the new fiesta deleted the 3 door Zetec option. For the most part though yes, they sell less.rroyce46- Not directly but vicariously. Peter Schreyer, as Kia's Director of Design, is Massimo Frascella's boss. Massimo is based at Kia's North American Design Centre in California. So what that means is that an Italian, working for a German in the USA, designed a car for the South Koreans. Talk about a global economy!
F348- 3 door hatches sure do look nice but they don't sell very well, which is why I imagine they aren't available in North America. They aren't very popular here either and I know that some manufacturers have dropped them from their line despite being previously available. My sister for instance bought a 3 door Mazda 2 hatch 2 years ago and a month later it was discontinued.