The five-door configuration of Kia’s fourth generation Rio hatch will start selling in the UK on September 1. Sales of the three-door will follow soon after. It comes with Kia’s seven-year warranty and offers some of the lowest CO2 emissions ever by a non-hybrid model. Customers can choose from four engines – two petrol and two diesel. One of these is the highly efficient l three-cylinder turbodiesel with decreased fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The 1.1-liter CRDi delivers 74hp at 4,000 rpm and 170 Nm between 1,500 – 2,750 rpm, enabling the Rio to go from zero to 60 mph in 14.9 seconds and to reach a top speed of 98 miles per hour.
This model is equipped with a set of 15-inch wheels and the entire range of Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving technologies such as Intelligent Stop & Go engine technology, low rolling resistance tires, a drag-reducing front grille, gearshift indicator and rear spoiler. This vehicle has a fuel economy rating of 88.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 85g/km.
All the new Rio diesels will use EcoDynamics technologies as standard. This includes the 1.4-litre models (with a starting price of £14,195), which will be introduced in the engine range shortly after the launch in the UK.
This unit has an output of 89hp and 220 Nm of torque and its economy and emissions figures are claimed to be at 70.6mpg combined and only 105 g/km of CO2. On the other hand, the two petrol engines entry 1.25-liter Kappa (with a starting price of £10,595) unit and the 1.4-liter Gamma engine (priced from £13,095), could develop 107bhp and 137Nm of torque.
The new Kia Rio is available in four trim grades, each featuring a high standard specification. The entry level ‘1’ trim is provided with speed-variable front wipers, headlamp leveling, daytime running lights and front electric windows as well as body-colored bumpers, door handles and door mirrors. This trim level also features a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a tachometer and trip computer, split folding rear seats and 15-inch steel wheels as well as a 12-volt power socket, a boot light, and an MP3-compatible RDS radio and CD player with USB and auxiliary ports.
Petrol versions feature a two-way steering column adjustment on the petrol model while diesel variants have a height-adjustable steering column. Bluetooth is also included on the petrol entry version, and on all models with other trim grades. For those seeking air conditioning but don’t want to avail of trim level ‘2,’ they may ask for the ‘1 Air’ grade. On the other hand, level ‘2’ upgrades the specs of the new Kia Rio to a chrome radiator grille surround, 16-inch alloy wheels and front fog lights.
It also endows the new Rio with rear electric windows and premium black cloth upholstery, a cooling glove box as well as electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors with side repeaters. Moreover, this trim grade features leather trim on the steering wheel and gearshift as well as a center console armrest. Meanwhile, level ‘3’ provides the new Rio with automatic headlights, LED daytime running and rear combination lamps, automatic air conditioning with auto de-fog, rain sensing wipers and 17-inch alloys with low-profile tires, as well as cruise control, heated front seats, six speakers and ultraviolet-reducing solar privacy glass.
Every new Rio is covered by a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty that is fully transferable to subsequent owners. All Rio models are provided with the same standard safety elements that include emergency brake assist (EBA), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC) and emergency stop signaling (ESS) as well as the Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) that temporarily keeps the car from rolling backwards when managing a steeped road.
Likewise, the new Kia Rio has a stiff body shell with front and rear crumple zones that could absorb and disperse crash energy, thereby minimizing the risk of injury of occupants. Moreover, the new Rio has twin front, side and curtain airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters for front occupants. Its With a design overseen by Kia Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, the new Kia Rio features a styling influenced by European taste, with innovative yet trendy appearance and class-leading quality.
In terms of dimensions, the new Kia Rio beats the previous model – it is longer, wider and lower. With a coupé-like roofline, the new Rio has a wheelbase that is 70mm longer than its predecessor. These dimensions allow the new Rio to be sportier and more dynamic and provide more interior space for its passenger. However, despite its larger dimensions and higher specification, the new Rio is not heavier than its predecessor.