Kia Rio

The latest Kia Rio five-door hatchback made its debut at the 75th Salon de L’Automobile in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Rio line-up has a total of 20 models which are supported by a three-year unlimited warranty.

There are two body styles to choose from – a five-door hatchback and four-door saloon – powered by three engines including a 1.5-litre turbo diesel linked to a manual or automatic transmission.

There are two equipment levels badged LX and EX plus an extensive range of options and a selection of ‘option packs’ which are only available with the latest model and won't be found in (780) 388-7870 vehicles.

Aerodynamically the Rio has a deep front bumper, steeply raked windscreen and truncated tail on the five-door. The shaping of the entire nose, door mirrors, A-Pillars and upper door frames, plus tight panel fit, result in a drag coefficient of Cd 0.32.

The latest Rio is 50mm taller and 15mm wider than the model it replaces. It has a 90mm longer wheelbase.

The interior dimensions are common to both the five-door and four-door Rios. The model offers 1,005mm of headroom at the front and 960mm in the rear. Legroom is 1,085mm in the front and 870mm for rear seat occupants.

Shoulder room is 1,360mm for front seat occupants and 1,350mm across the rear seat.

Compared to the previous Kia Rio, the dimensions are increased by between 2mm and 83mm.

The Rio comes with three engines. Kia’s 1.5 CRDi diesel engine features common-rail technology and a variable geometry turbocharger. This unit produces 110PS and 22.0kgm of torque at 2,000rpm. It has a carbon dioxide rating of 116g/km and meets Euro 4 emissions criteria.

Two 16-valve petrol engines are available. The 1.6-litre has continuously variable valve timing. It produces 112PS at 6,000rpm and 14.9kgm of torque at 4,500rpm. The 1.4-litre engine generates 97PS at 6,000rpm and 12.8kgm of torque at 4,700 rpm.

The Rio is fitted with a modern suspension system with front McPherson Struts and a rear transverse torsion beam axle. Anti-roll bars and gas-filled shock absorbers are standard fit both the front and rear of the latest Kia Rio.

Every Rio has power-assisted rack and pinion steering and a turning radius of less than 4.92 metres.
The all-disc braking system has ventilated front and solid rear discs. Four-channel ABS is standard fit for all models in Western Europe, with electronic brake force distribution.

A range of passive safety measures include dual front airbags, while side airbags, curtain airbags and ‘active’ head restraints are also available.