2012 Kia Rio 3-Door goes on sale in the UK

Article by Christian A., on January 28, 2012

Kia’s Rio 3-door offers the same range of ultra-efficient engines, trim levels and external dimensions from the five-door, which went on sale in September 2011. From the side, Kia’s B-segment hatchback has a stunning coupé-like side profile. It is priced £600 lower than the equivalent five-door models. Four engines are available for the Rio 3-door, consisting of two petrol and two diesel engines – identical to what’s offered on the five door version.

The very efficient and the heavily praised 1.1 CRDi offers a dynamic performance from its output of 74bhp and 170Nm of torque available from 1,500rpm.

All the versions offer CO2 emissions of 99g/km or below and have a fuel economy rating of at least 74.3mpg. All the new Rio diesels, which include the 1.4-litre models, are equipped with EcoDynamics technologies, like Intelligent Stop & Go, as standard. The 1.4 CRDi is a four-cylinder diesel engine that comes from the same U2 range as the 1.1.

It has an output of 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. It has a combined fuel economy rating of 70.6mpg and a CO2 emissions figure of 105 g/km. The new Rio is also available with two petrol engines. The 1.25-litre Kappa engine is the entry-level unit. It debuted in the new Picanto, Kia’s smallest car.

The engine can deliver 83bhp and 121Nm of torque. Furthermore, the new Rio is offered with Kia’s 1.4-litre Gamma engine, which develops 107bhp and 137Nm of torque. Buyers may opt for the automatic gearbox instead of the standard manual. All petrol manual versions of the new Rio have an impressive fuel economy, surpassing 50mpg. Its CO2 emissions level is lower than the EU’s 2012 corporate average target of 130g/km. In mixed driving, the 1.4-litre automatic version of the Rio can accomplish 44.1mpg. The trim grades offered for the Rio 3-door are badged ‘1’, ‘1 Air’, ‘2’ and ‘3’.

Kia revealed its fourth-generation Rio at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011. The new Kia Rio showcases a distinctive and bold personality, bringing itself in line with or into the same level as the rest of the carmaker’s design-led product range.

Aside from appealing to the consumers' aesthetic preferences, the new Rio will spearhead Kia’s efforts to grow its global market share significantly by offering potential buyers industry-leading environmental credentials. The company’s target CO2 emissions for the Kia range start at 85 g/km, which represents a new low, industry-wise. This impressive CO2 emissions figure puts the B-segment Rio in the lead and ahead of the other vehicles in its class as well as the other models currently available in the European market.

Kia’s designers and engineers have been tasked to improve on the previous generation model’s remarkable global sales success and have come up with a new Rio that combines Korean spice with European finesse, as well as communicates a Latin flair for a genuinely global appeal.

According to Benny Oeyen, VP for Marketing and Product Planning at Kia Motors Europe, the Rio has always been a success, but with this new incarnation, they have an extremely striking car with a fresh sporty feel to it and with excellent environmental credentials.

Since the third-generation Kia Rio was launched in 2005, global sales had surpassed 860,000 units. It was also the carmaker’s third best-selling vehicle in international markets in 2010, with sales reaching more than 219,000 units.

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