Kia’s reliable Rio takes sporty turn
The Kia Rio competes in one of the most hard-fought sales segments in Australia, so it made sense to give it a full-on revamp with major mechanical changes to give it more weapons to fight with.
The entry-level Rio S is unchanged, with a 1.4-litre petrol engine mated to either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic.
Much bigger news is that the Rio Si and SLi models have been replaced by a new Kia Rio Sport.
It has 17-inch alloy wheels and, importantly, a six-speed automatic that replaces the four-speed.
It has cruise control, leather trim on the steering wheel and gear lever, as well as powered folding door mirrors.
At the top of the range, the GTLine has a sporty 1.0-litre threecylinder turbo-petrol offering 88kW/ 172Nm. It now drives the front wheels through a sevenspeed dual clutch transmission.
The GT-Line features a body kit and a full-on range of LED lights: daytime running lights, position lamps, foglights and rear lights.
Infotainment uses a six-speaker sound system and Bluetooth, as well as having Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility.
Safety is increasingly important to buyers in this class as many are youngsters and their parents are concerned about them.
Standard features on all include ABS, ESC, VSM, reverse parking sensors, rearview camera and six airbags. The GT-Line adds AEB and lane keep assist to the passive safety features.
Kia’s seven-year warranty, seven-year capped price servicing and seven-year roadside assist is a major plus for the Rio.
Pricing starts at $16,990 for the manual and $17,490 drive-away for the automatic.
The Sport trim starts at $17,990 drive-away for the manual and $18,990 for the six-speed automatic. The GT-Line is $21,990 drive-away.
Your local Kia dealer is Albany Autos 9841 4555.
The latest Kia Rio features major changes under the skin.
The leather trim will impress.
The Kia Rio GT has plenty of safety features..