The fourth-generation 2017 Kia Rio small hatch has arrived on Australian shores, promising enhanced ride and handling, improved safety and full connectivity.
Sporting a thoroughly revised design, the Rio is defined by straight lines and smooth surfacing, giving the car a more mature and European character than its predecessor.
The car’s latest evolution of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille is now thinner in height and wider across the front, with a gloss black grille cover and U-shaped LED daytime running lights on the Si and SLi.
The rear of the car is now more upright and features thinner, more sculpted rear lamps with arrow-shaped LED light signature (SLi only).
Overall, the new Rio is 15mm longer than its predecessor at 4,065mm in length, 5mm lower (now 1,450mm tall) and sits on a 10mm longer wheelbase (up to 2,580mm).
Inside, there is a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen (with sat-nav on the Si and SLi) that is standard on all variants, while the driver-oriented centre console features fewer buttons with more ergonomics, concave switches and rotator dials below to control the heating and ventilation.
The Rio offers three grades of interior trim in a black one-tone treatment. For S buyers the seats are trimmed in woven Tricot cloth while Si buyers will get a standout embossed Tricot cloth treatment. At the top of the range the SLi offers a premium treatment with artificial leather trim.
Power comes from a single 1.4-litre MPI engine with 74kW and 133Nm of torque paired with a proven 4-speed automatic in the Si and SLi grades and 6-speed manual or automatic in the S model.
The new model is available with keyless entry (all trims), rain-sensing windscreen wipers (SLi), automatic headlamps, Cruise Control (Si and SLi), rear parking sensors and rear view camera (all grades).
On the safety front, Anti-lock Braking, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Management System, Hill Start Assist, rear view camera with dynamic parking guidelines, reverse parking sensors, three child restraint anchor points (two ISOFIX) and five three-point seatbelts are all standard.
Kia Rio Pricing (Excluding on-road costs):
S manual: $16,990
S auto: $19,090
Si auto: $21,490
SLi auto: $22,990