New Kia Rio prices and specs revealed
With the Duran Duran song now running through your head, I can report that the new Kia Rio is on sale from today starting from £11,995.
The fourth-gen Rio will only be available as a five-door due to a lack of demand for the previous three-door version. That’s not the only change though, with the new Rio getting a more spacious interior, improved handling and lightweight three-cylinder engine.
Four trims will be available at launch, with simple numerical designations given to three and a range topping First Edition sitting above them.
The entry price applies to Rio 1 cars, which come with air-con, heated and electric folding door mirrors, as well as a 3.8in display screen with Bluetooth connectivity. There's also automatic lights, stability control and hill-start assist.
The Rio 2 models start at £13,745 and gain 15in alloy wheels, a DAB radio and larger 5in screen. Rio 3s start at £16,295 and add 16in alloys, a 7in screen, rain-sensing wipers, satnav and Apple Carplay/Android Auto to the mix.
Top of the range at launch is the First Edition. Starting from £17,445 it gets 17in alloys, a smart key entry system, stainless steel pedals, and LED rear lights. Prices for this start at £17,445.
The new Rio is also the first car in its class with Autonomous Emergency Braking as part of Kia's advanced driver assistance system and it also features a Lane Departure Warning system. Both are standard from grade 2 upwards and optional with grade 1.
Another new safety feature is Straight Line Stability. This senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight, while another first for the Rio, Cornering Brake Control, delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when slowing in tight curves to counter loss of traction. Both are standard across the range.
Tipped to be the range’s best seller, the new Rio comes with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbocharged unit offered in 99bhp or 118bhp outputs.
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 emits just of 92g/km.
The car will be manual-only at launch, with a five-speed gearbox on the 84bhp 1.25 and 99bhp 1.0 petrol and six-speeds on all other versions.
With a 15mm increase in length, the cabin gets a variety of improvements all aimed at giving a neater look and greater functionality.
Similarly, the boot space has been increased to 325 litres which crucially beats the Fiesta and Polo, the Rio’s targeted rivals.
Traditionally eclipsed by the Cee’d and Sportage on the UK market, it remains to be seen if this fourth edition can make further headway into the supermini segment. All I know is … her name is Rio and she don’t need to understand.