(Launched on the 1st Feb)
Highlights of the new Rio include its higher quality and more spacious interior, Apple CarPlay integration, a new lightweight three-cylinder engine and ride and handling that are claimed to be improved over the current model.
The Rio is Kia’s best-selling model globally .
More detail to coming soon.
Headlining the engine range in the new Rio is a new three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbocharged unit, which is tipped to be the best seller. It’s offered in 99bhp or 118bhp power outputs, with both engines producing the same 127lb ft of torque.
Kia has yet to confirm economy or CO2 figures for the new Rio, but this engine is expected to come in below 100g/km in both power outputs. The engine’s light weight should also help improve the handling, Kia claims.
Two normally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engines – an 84bhp, 90lb ft 1.25-litre and a 99bhp, 97lb ft 1.4-litre – are also offered alongside a 1.4-litre turbodiesel with either 69bhp or 89bhp. The diesel will be the most economical Rio in the range and will have CO2 emissions of less than 90g/km.
The car will be manual-only at launch, with a five-speed gearbox on the 84bhp 1.25 and 99bhp 1.0 petrols and six-speeder used on all other versions.
The new Rio has been given a 10mm increase in wheelbase to improve cabin space as part of a 15mm overall increase in length. The Rio is also slightly lower than before, while the width remains the same. Boot space has been increased from 288 litres to 325 litres, which eclipses key rivals including the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo.
The car is built on an all-new platform, with MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam at the rear. The bodyshell has been made stiffer than the existing Rio’s, the suspension has been made more rigid, new dampers have been fitted, and there are revised spring and damper settings, all of which Kia claims leads to a more comfortable ride and “more agile and immediate handling”.
In addition to the usual trim levels, the Rio range will be crowned with a sporty GT Line model that would get “different wheels, body and trim”, according to Guillaume. He added: “We intend to do that across all our range.”
Inside, the new Rio gets a significantly more luxurious-looking dash layout. The old car’s rectangular buttons are gone, and in their place is a high-resolution touchscreen that controls the car’s audio, navigation and connectivity systems. The less cluttered design and the use of gloss black and metallic trim gives the cabin a far more premium look than before.
Entry-level cars will come with a choice of grey of black cloth seats, while higher spec models will be available with black or grey faux leather. Alternatively, buyers can spec a Red Pack, which adds black and red faux leather seats.
Feel empowered with many high tech features in the All-New Kia Rio. The Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom Live Services(1) help you to reach every destination without detour. The Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ (2) offers in-car connectivity and high tech features. The 7" touch screen comes with Satellite Navigation with RDS & DAB and Bluetooth.
Relax all the way there. And back. Up to five people can ride in comfort with plenty of room to stretch thanks to a longer body. Along with automatic air conditioning, heated front seats and steering wheel adding to the experience, the front headrests slide for extra comfort and safety.
When you back into a parking spot, how much room do you have left? Don't know? No stress. Keep a watch on the reversing camera as you swiftly manoeuvre into the perfect spot.
Enjoy a touch of luxury in the All-New Kia Rio with our smart key and keyless entry system. Convieniently, lock and unlock the door without inserting the key, making life that whole lot easier. Turn the engine on with the push of a button, it's as simple as that!