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Kia Rio

THE KIA RIO                                                                      

Short story

  • Fourth generation of Kia's global best-seller
  • More size and space; greater style and equipment
  • 1.0 T-GDi turbo engine heads more efficient powertrain line-up
  • New ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models for 2018
  • Seven-speed DCT automatic transmission added to the model range
  • Fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 114g/km
  • New suspension and steering for a more grown-up driving experience
  • Advanced connectivity features appear in Rio for the first time
  • Stiffer body shell and electronic driver aids add to safety

Kia's Rio supermini is more than ever a 'big little car' with the introduction of the new fourth-generation model.

The Rio is the largest and most spacious to date, is the first with a full connectivity package and advanced driver assistance systems, features new turbocharged petrol engines at the head of a more efficient powertrain line-up, and has new suspension and steering for a more grown-up feel on the road, while the acclaimed styling has a more mature and polished appearance. No wonder the Rio is known within Kia as 'a little Titan'. The Rio will be sold as a five-door model only, in line with customer demand.

Globally, the Rio is Kia's best-seller, with sales close to 475,000 a year, and while it is overshadowed in the UK by the European-built Sportage crossover and cee'd range, it is still a highly significant model, accounting for almost one-sixth of the company's sales.

The Rio is offered in the UK in a 10-model line-up based on three engines, four gearboxes and five trim levels, including sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants that are new for 2018. Available with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – City/pedestrian (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), and also features both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration.          

A new look, a more imposing presence and greater space

The Rio adds a new twist to the award-winning styling which permeates every model from Kia. The brand's instantly recognisable 'tiger-nose' front grille is more slender and wider, and it integrates neatly with the new highly sculpted halogen bi-function projection headlights with U-shaped LED running lights. The bi-function headlights operate the main and dipped beam and incorporate a separate reflector for the standard cornering lights. 

The styling is characterised by straight lines and smooth surfaces which emphasise the car's greater maturity. It was a joint effort by Kia's design teams in Germany and the United States, with the involvement of the main design office at Namyang in South Korea.

The Rio has revised proportions and balance, with a longer wheelbase, bonnet and front overhang, a lower roofline and a more upright and compact back end. Detailing inside and out has been designed to emphasise the car's interior space and its stability on the road. The increased leg and shoulder room are among the best in class, as is headroom – despite the lower roofline. A further benefit from the new proportions is increased boot capacity – up by almost 13 per cent to 325 litres – while the fuel tank is two litres larger at 45 litres.

The interior has been designed around the touchscreen for the new technologies now available, which include Kia Connected Services and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration. Together, these not also give access to the car's navigation and infotainment systems, but also provide live traffic updates, weather reports and information about fixed speed camera locations and local points of interest.

The horizontal theme evident in the exterior styling is repeated in the cabin, emphasising width and space while separating the upper information and lower control areas. The touchscreen has allowed the number of buttons and switches to be reduced, giving a neater look and greater functionality. The Rio is the first car in class with USB ports front and rear, so that mobile devices can be charged from any seat.      

T-GDi engines head more efficient powertrain line-up

Kia's 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) engine is offered in Rio for the first time and heads a three-engine line-up which shows improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions over the outgoing Rio.

The new engines showcase Kia's advanced engine technology capabilities through downsizing, turbocharging, direct fuel injection and weight reduction, and feature a number of detailed engineering solutions to minimise throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost – and reduce internal friction.

It joins revised versions of Kia's 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre petrol engines.

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine is available with either 99 or 118bhp, in both cases with 171Nm of torque across a wide rev band, starting at only 1,500rpm, for effortless driveability. The engine is available with either a 5-speed or 6-speed manual gearbox and on the ‘GT-Line’ is available with a seven-speed DCT automatic. The 99bhp powered version has fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 56.5mpg and 114g/km, while the sparkling 118bhp version is not far behind, with 55.4mpg and 117g/km. The respective 0-60mph acceleration times are 10.3 and 9.8 seconds, and both versions have a top speed of at least 116mph.

The 1.25-litre petrol engine develops an unchanged 83bhp and 122Nm of torque, and has fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 51.4mpg and as low as 125g/km. This easy-going entry-level power unit is ideally suited to urban driving, but is far from out of its depth at highway speeds. It can accelerate from 0-60mph in 12.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 107mph.

The final option is a new-to-Rio multi-point injection petrol unit with a capacity of 1.4 litres and power and torque outputs of 98bhp and 133Nm. Economy is 49.6mpg, as with the 1.4 in the previous Rio, with CO2 emissions of 131g/km. The 0-60mph and top speed figures are 11.8 seconds and 109mph.  

This engine is also available with a six-speed automatic gearbox for the convenience of drivers who spend most of their time in heavy traffic or who prefer an auto box. In this configuration, economy and CO2 emissions are improved to 45.6mpg and 143g/km (‘2’ grade)  or 51.4mpg and 144g/km, while the performance figures are 0-60mph in 12.5 seconds and a top speed of 114mph.

All manual versions of the new Rio have Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop-start system to eliminate tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption while stationary in traffic. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard with the lesser-powered T-GDi engine and the 1.25 unit, while all other manual models have six speeds.

Smoother, sharper, stronger and safer

The Rio relies on a similar suspension system to its predecessor, with independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, but there has been extensive work to enhance comfort and driver enjoyment.

Much of this is due to the stiffer body shell of the latest Rio, which is made of 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel compared with 33 per cent in the outgoing car. The stiffer the body shell, the less the suspension has to compensate for flexing under load. Advanced high-strength steels also contribute towards weight reduction, as vital sections of the body construction do not need to be as thick. Kia has a goal of reducing the average weight of car bodies by five per cent by 2020, based on 2014 figures.

The Rio has more rigid front struts than its predecessor and a raised torsion beam to improve stability; revised springs and shock absorbers to improve compliance and comfort; vertical rear shock absorbers and front shock absorbers with advanced new valve technology for more consistent responses; and a repositioned power steering gearbox which results in improved feel when the steering wheel is in the straight-ahead position. The overall effect is more immediate handling responses and greater confidence for the driver.

A stiffer body shell also enhances crash safety by keeping the passenger cell intact in an accident while the front, rear and side crumple zones absorb impact energy. This is supported in the Rio by a raft of active safety and advanced driver assistance systems. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) mitigate against skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip, and all models apart from the entry-level grade have Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) City/Pedestrian and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) fitted as standard – this is an option on the Rio ‘1’. Kia's Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system employs a long-range radar which detects other vehicles which then works alongside a camera which detects pedestrians ahead to help bring the Rio to a halt. The Lane Keep Assist System alerts the driver if the Rio is about to stray from its lane without the indicators having been activated. The system can also provide steering input to stop the vehicle straying from its lane.

A new feature – Straight Line Stability – senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight. Another new feature is Cornering Brake Control, which delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions of the Rio also have Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines. 

The Rio in the UK

The Rio is available in five trim grades – badged ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ for simplicity, in familiar Kia style – with sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models at the pinnacle of the range.

All are extensively equipped, with even grade ‘1’ is fitted as standard with air conditioning, front electric windows with an automatic function on the driver's side, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, a 3.8-inch display screen, Bluetooth®, automatic light control. There are body-coloured bumpers, door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 60:40 split rear seats. A four-speaker audio system is standard and safety provisions include ESC, VSM and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.

Grade ‘2’ supplements all this with 15-inch alloy wheels in place of similar-sized steel wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, electric windows at the rear as well as the front, electric folding mirrors with LED indicator lights, bi-function projection headlamps and cornering lights and LED daytime running lights, a DAB radio, a 7-inch colour display screen, a six-speaker audio system, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors, a 3.5-inch premium supervision cluster, rear as well as front USB charging ports, cruise control with a speed limiter and the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) City/Pedestrian and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS). There is chrome trim around the black radiator grille, premium black cloth upholstery and a centre storage box. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ features, along with voice control and Bluetooth®.

Additional features on grade ‘3’ include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning with a defogging system, black faux leather upholstery, 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing front wipers, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate.

‘GT-Line’ models feature the long list of equipment found on grade ‘2’ models. In addition, the sporty Rio model includes sports style bumpers front and rear, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, LED ‘ice-cube’ front fog lights, LED rear fog lights, twin exhaust tips, black door mirrors and rear spoiler and privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate. Inside there’s stainless steel pedals and black cloth and faux leather upholstery with grey stitching.

Move up to ‘GT Line S’ specification and there’s a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with DAB radio and RDS, as well as smart key with engine start/stop button, automatic air conditioning, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, rear park assist system, rain sensing front wipers and automatic defog system. Blind Spot Detection (BSD) also features, as well as heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Warranty and Servicing

In common with all Kias, the Rio comes with the best warranty in the business ­­– a seven-year/100,000-mile declaration of faith in the reliability and quality of the car, covering all labour and parts except those subject to normal wear and tear. The warranty is transferable if the car is sold before the time/mileage limit expires.

The Rio is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

UK Rio line-up:

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

Rio ‘1’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

125

Rio ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

126

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual ISG

98

133

11.8

109

49.6

131

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

45.6

143

Rio ‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

116

Rio ‘3’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

44.8

144

Rio ‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

115

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 7-speed DCT auto ISG

118

171

10.1

118

52.3

124

Rio ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

 

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AT A GLANCE                                                                                                          

An instant guide to our new supermini

Exterior

  • Joint design by European and US studios with input from Korea
  • Longer (+15mm) and lower (-10mm) than previous model with 10mm longer wheelbase
  • Slimmer, wider 'tiger nose' grille
  • Sculpted bi-function headlights with U-shaped LED daytime running lamps
  • Appearance defined by sharp, straight lines and smooth surfacing
  • Front foglight surrounds pushed outwards to emphasise width and stability
  • Longer bonnet enhances stability and volume
  • Slimmer C-pillars with more upright rear screen and shorter overhang
  • Greater use of advanced high-strength steel (51 per cent instead of 33 per cent) to enhance rigidity and reduce weight
  • Five-door only in line with customer demand

Interior

  • More sculpted, horizontal fascia with improved ergonomics
  • Interior designed around touchscreens for navigation, infotainment and connectivity
  • Straight lines emphasise width of cabin and space for occupants
  • Touchscreen systems allow a simpler, pared-down switchgear layout
  • Dashboard now angled further towards driver for improved ease of use
  • Most spacious cabin in class, with improved legroom front and rear and exceptional head and shoulder room
  • Boot capacity increased by 37 litres to 325 litres
  • Fuel tank capacity rises by two litres to 45 litres
  • Reprofiled door trims and dashboard and new headlining increase passenger space
  • Thinner C-pillars and relocated door mirrors improve visibility
  • Black cloth, premium black cloth, black faux leather or red and black faux leather upholstery, depending on model
  • Display screens of 3.8 inches or 7 inches, depending on model. Linked to Kia Connected Services, with Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay™ on many models
  • More interior storage, with double open tray, overhead sunglasses holder and bottle holders in every door

Technical

  • Three-cylinder T-GDi turbocharged direct injection engine offered in Rio for first time, with power outputs of 99 and 118bhp
  • 1.25- and 1.4-litre petrol models also available
  • New 1.4-litre Kappa petrol unit replaces previous 1.4 Gamma engine
  • Lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on selected models
  • Fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 114g/km
  • Six-speed auto gearbox optional with 1.4-litre petrol engine. Standard powered T-GDi and 1.25-litre units have five-speed manuals; all others have six-speed manual. Seven-speed DCT automatic offered on ‘GT-Line’ model
  • Re-engineered MacPherson strut and torsion beam suspension improves stability, compliance and driver confidence
  • Relocated power steering gearbox improves straight-ahead feel and responsiveness

Technology

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian detection
  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) standard on all but entry-level versions
  • Kia Connected Services, Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM all new to Rio
  • Keyless entry and ignition, heated seats and steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, cruise control with speed limiter and parking camera also available
  • Straight Line Stability and Cornering Brake Control are new features standard on all models

THE DESIGN STORY                                                                                         

The constantly evolving face of Kia

Kia is constantly lauded for the coherence and clarity of its design, winning a stream of accolades in Germany's prestigious Red Dot awards, but it is not a company to rest on its laurels. Kia design is always evolving to take into account changes in customer demands, while remaining faithful to the mantra established by President of Design and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer when he began the process of harmonising the appearance of the company's cars in 2006. All of that is evident in the Rio, which is now sold only as a five-door car.  

The latest Rio is a bigger car than its predecessor – not by much, but sufficiently to alter its stance and proportions and give it a fresher, more modern appearance. The design of the car was a joint effort led by the company's studios in Frankfurt and at Irvine, California, with input from the main design centre at Namyang in South Korea.

It is 15mm longer than the outgoing car at 4,065mm, and has a 10mm longer wheelbase of 2,580mm. But the front overhang has been lengthened to create the space for a longer, sleeker bonnet, while the rear overhang has been shortened and the C-pillars are narrower and more upright. The height has been reduced by 10mm, to 1,445mm, to emphasise the sleeker and more mature appearance of the new car, and the housings for the sharp-looking projection-type front foglamps, which are standard across the range, have been pushed outwards and upwards to give the Rio an appearance of width and stability.

The signature 'tiger-nose' front grille is wider and more slender and blends seamlessly with the new bi-function headlight units with their U-shaped LED daytime running lights. The 'tiger nose' grille is in fact not an air intake at all – that is now incorporated in the dynamically surfaced bumper – but a stylish design feature in gloss black with either a silver paint or a chrome surround.

The stretched bonnet enhances the stability and volume and straight, clearly defined lines run along the Rio’s shoulders and doors, further stretching the appearance and emphasising the car's superior aerodynamics compared with its predecessor. The Cd figure is now 0.316 instead of 0.33.

The straight line which starts at the grille and runs through the headlights and along the top of the doors continues around the rear of the car, where there are now more sculpted lamp units. The tailgate glass is now almost vertical. The overall exterior appearance of the car is distinctive, mature, clean and modern, and characterised by straight lines and smooth surfacing.

The door handles are neatly and smoothly integrated, while the prominent flat-surfaced wheel housings tightly encase new-style wheels of 15, 16 or 17 inches in diameter. These are alloy on all but the grade ‘1’ model.

The exterior door handles, bumpers and door mirror casings are in body colour, and there is a chrome window surround on grades ‘3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models, plus privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate.  High gloss black door mirrors and rear spoiler are available on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

Interior

The increased size of the Rio has been put to good use when it comes to passenger accommodation. Practicality was a key focus in the design, and there is now more front and rear head, leg and shoulder room, which are all among the best in class – despite the 10mm reduction in overall height.

Similarly, the boot is among the biggest in the B-segment at 325 litres (37 litres more than in the previous model), despite the shorter rear overhang, and expands to 980 litres with the 60:40 split rear seats folded. The tailgate opening is lower (by 26mm) and wider (by 71mm). A tyre repair kit is provided in place of a spare wheel to maximise luggage capacity and make space for a larger fuel tank – 45 litres instead of 43.

The improved interior space of the Rio comes about through some ingenious packaging solutions. Legroom benefits from the 10mm longer wheelbase, but reprofiled door trims, a reshaped dashboard and new headlining materials are responsible for the unusually generous head and shoulder room.  The thinner C-pillars – reduced in width by 87mm compared with the previous model – and relocated door mirrors, which are now at the base of the A-pillars, minimise blind spots, while all-round visibility is further improved by a lower window line and new quarter lights at the tail end of the rear doors.  

There has also been an increase in storage space along with the larger boot. There is an open double tray for mobile devices and other small items at the base of the centre console, sunglasses storage in the overhead console, a single-box glove compartment, bottle holders in every door (1.5 litres at the front and 0.5 litres in the rear) and closed-bottom storage areas in the door handles.   

The cabin has been designed around the touchscreen for the infotainment, navigation and connectivity features and is more sculpted and more ergonomic than that in the previous model. As with the outside, it is characterised by straight lines which emphasise width and space, and there are now horizontal rather than vertical air vents.

The dashboard is now angled more towards the driver, creating a sportier feel, while the centre console is dominated by a 'floating' human-machine interface with either a 3.8-inch monochrome display, a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system, depending on model. The driver-oriented centre console contains fewer buttons and features more ergonomic concave switches and rotary dials for the heating and ventilation system.

Rio ‘1’ has black cloth upholstery; in Rio ‘2’ there is premium black cloth while Rio ‘3’ features black faux leather. Special black cloth and faux leather upholstery is fitted to the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models, which also have stainless steel pedals.  

Quality – perceived and actual – is evident in the fit and finish and the choice of materials. There is a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter from grade ‘2’, satin chrome interior door handles on grades ‘3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ (with a silver paint finish on grades ‘1’ and ‘2’), black faux leather fascia trim on grade 3 and a 3.5-inch supervision cluster from grade ‘2’.

RANGE FINDER                                                                                                       

Five trim levels plus sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models

The Rio is available in five trim grades – badged ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ for simplicity, in familiar Kia style – with sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models at the pinnacle of the range.

All are extensively equipped, with even grade ‘1’ is fitted as standard with air conditioning, front electric windows with an automatic function on the driver's side, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, a 3.8-inch display screen, Bluetooth®. There are body-coloured bumpers, door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 60:40 split rear seats. A four-speaker audio system is standard and safety provisions include ESC, VSM and Hill-start Assist Control to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.

Grade ‘2’ supplements all this with 15-inch alloy wheels in place of similar-sized steel wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, electric windows at the rear as well as the front, electric folding mirrors with LED indicator lights, a DAB radio, a 7-inch colour display screen, a six-speaker audio system, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity with voice control and Bluetooth®, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors, a 3.5-inch premium supervision cluster, rear as well as front USB charging ports, cruise control with a speed limiter and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) City/Pedestrian and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS). There is chrome trim around the black radiator grille, premium black cloth upholstery and a centre storage box.

Additional features on grade ‘3’ include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning with a defogging system, black faux leather upholstery, 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing front wipers, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate.

‘GT-Line’ models feature the long list of equipment found on grade ‘2’ models. In addition, the sporty Rio model includes sports style bumpers front and rear, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, LED ‘ice-cube’ front fog lights, LED rear fog lights, twin exhaust tips, black door mirrors and rear spoiler and privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate. Inside there’s stainless steel pedals and black cloth and faux leather upholstery with grey stitching.

Most up to ‘GT Line S’ specification and there’s a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with DAB radio and RDS, as well as smart key with engine start/stop button, automatic air conditioning, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, rain sensing front wipers and automatic defog system. Blind Spot Detection (BSD) also features, as well as heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                            

New engines and enhanced driving dynamics

With the introduction of Kia's in-house 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) engine to the Rio, there are now four power units and four transmissions available. Two of the engines are new to Rio, and in some cases there are improvements to fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, despite the larger body of the latest model.

There has been extensive work to enhance comfort and driver enjoyment through revisions to the suspension system, which continues to be based on independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear. Much of the improvement in ride and handling is due to the stiffer body shell of the new car, which is made of 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel compared with 33 per cent in the outgoing model.

Refinement has been improved through detailed work on the aerodynamics, body structure and insulation, while active safety benefits from the introduction for the first time in Rio of d Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) City/Pedestrian and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), both of which are standard from grade ‘2’ upwards. These features are optional on grade ‘1’ variants.

 

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine

Kia has embarked on an ambitious policy of reducing average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of its model range by 25 per cent by 2020, based on 2014 levels. It aims to do this through engine downsizing, more efficient combustion of petrol and diesel power units and the addition of alternative-fuel vehicles where appropriate.

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine fits in perfectly with this strategy by delivering exceptional power and torque, despite its small capacity, through turbocharging and direct injection. The T-GDi units spray a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure injection system which ensures they use only as much fuel as necessary for the load being put on them. The result is highly efficient combustion with excellent performance. Direct injection with turbocharging also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability.

There are two versions of the 1.0-litre T-GDi in the Rio, both three-cylinder 998cc units with four valves per cylinder. Power outputs are 99bhp at 4,500rpm and 118bhp at 6,000rpm, while they deliver an identical amount of torque – 171Nm continuously from 1,500rpm to 4,000rpm. The standard-powered version is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox while the higher-powered option is linked to a six-speed manual. A seven-speed DCT automatic gearbox is available on the ‘GT-Line’ model paired to the 118bhp 1.0-litre T-GDi powerplant.

The key targets were instantaneous response, highly efficient combustion and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. These goals have been more than met with the aid of innovative technical solutions. The T-GDi engines feature laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread more evenly throughout the cylinders than if it was being consistently sprayed into certain points.

The T-GDi engine has a straight air intake port which ends in a sharp air intake throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking.

There is a single-scroll turbocharger paired with an electric wastegate motor. This improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads.

The engine is fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold which reduces exhaust gas temperatures, bringing the benefits of higher speeds with greater fuel efficiency. Lower temperatures also result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system, which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88ºC to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts off coolant flow above 105ºC to reduce friction and improve efficiency. 

A number of factors contribute towards the exemplary driveability and efficiency of the all-aluminium T-GDi unit. There is continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides, electronic throttle control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre-line to aid smoothness.

The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold. The integrated exhaust manifold and turbocharger, in a one-piece casting, improve sealing while reducing weight. A number of detailed engineering solutions minimise throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost – and reduce internal friction.

For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods have been strengthened. 

The 99bhp version of the engine accelerates the Rio from standstill to 60mph in 10.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 116mph. Combined fuel consumption is 56.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of 114g/km (grade ‘2’) or 115g/km (grade ‘3’). Acceleration from 0-60mph takes only 9.8 seconds and the top speed is 118mph for the 118bhp engine, while combined fuel economy and emissions are 55.4mpg and 117g/km when paired with the six-speed manual gearbox or 52.3mpg and 124g/km when paired with the seven-speed DCT automatic.

The 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre multi-point injection engines

There are two further petrol engines in the Rio, both four-cylinder 16-valve units featuring multi-point fuel injection (MPi). The 1.25-litre unit from the Kappa family, which was available in the previous Rio, is joined by a new 1.4-litre (1,368cc) Kappa engine, which replaces the 1,396cc Gamma unit in the previous Rio.

The entry-level 1.25-litre engine is an aluminium-block 1,248cc unit featuring double overhead camshafts, continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) with low-friction beehive springs, an offset crankshaft and a maintenance-free long-life timing chain. It drives through a five-speed manual gearbox.

It develops 83bhp at 6,000rpm and 122Nm of torque peaking at 4,000rpm. Thanks to CVVT, this engine delivers outstanding performance over a wide portion of the rev range, while its modern design and compact capacity ensure this is achieved with the lowest possible fuel consumption and emissions. Combined economy is 51.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of 125g/km for ‘1’ grade variants or 126g/km for ‘2’ grade variants. This easy-going entry-level power unit is ideally suited to urban driving, but is far from out of its depth at highway speeds. It can accelerate the Rio from 0-60mph in 12.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 107mph.

The new 1.4-litre petrol engine is an all-aluminium 16-valve twin-cam unit featuring performance-enhancing continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust camshafts and multi-point fuel injection. This ensures high torque at low engine revs for good drivability in cities, and excellent power for the fast motorway speeds common in Europe.

It has a capacity of 1,368cc compared with the 1,396cc of the unit it replaces, and develops 98bhp at 6,000rpm and 133Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It is available with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or as an option with Rio ‘2’, a six-speed automatic.

The manual gearbox allows 0-62mph acceleration in 11.8 seconds on the way to a top seed of 109mph, with average fuel economy of 49.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 131g/km. These are unchanged from the previous model with the Gamma 1.4 engine. With the automatic, combined economy is 45.6mpg, while CO2 emissions are 143g/km.

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

Rio ‘1’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

125

Rio ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

126

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual ISG

98

133

11.8

109

49.6

131

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

45.6

143

Rio ‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

116

Rio ‘3’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

44.8

144

Rio ‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

115

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 7-speed DCT auto ISG

118

171

10.1

118

52.3

124

Rio ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

 

 

EcoDynamics

All manual versions of the Rio are fitted as standard with Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving, CO2-reducing measures.

The ISG system turns off the engine when the car is stationary in traffic and the driver puts the gear lever into neutral and releases the clutch pedal. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch pedal is pushed.

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit. This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster.

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors the battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started. There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low.

A heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking.

All the driver has to do is stop, put the car into neutral and lift his or her foot off the clutch. After a brief pause, the engine cuts out. It restarts as soon as the driver pushes the clutch. The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up from a cold start or if the air conditioning system is working hard.

Tuned for driver satisfaction and passenger comfort

The Rio's suspension continues to be based on independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, but it has been completely retuned to build on the driver involvement of the previous model while extending the compliance and comfort of the ride. This has been aided considerably by the much stiffer body shell of the new model.

Spring and damper settings have been completely revised to take advantage of the stiffer body, which allows the suspension to do its work without having to compensate for flexing of the car's structure. The front struts and cross-member are stiffer than in the previous Rio and the torsion beam has been raised, all of which improve stability. The rear dampers are now almost vertical (the incline is 8.4 degrees instead of the previous 25 degrees), while those at the front now benefit from pre-loaded linear valve technology, delivering more linear handling and suspension response over broken surfaces.

Pre-loaded linear valve technology introduces a completely new piston design which not only increases driving comfort but also ensures excellent isolation of vibrations in the vehicle body. Rapid opening and closing processes in the valve ensure outstanding wheel damping, which adds to safety by improving handling precision. In addition, innovative piston geometries further optimise the damper's noise emissions.

The gearbox for the motor-driven power steering (MDPS) has been moved forwards by 28mm, while the castor angle of the front wheels goes up from 4.1 degrees to 4.6 degrees. Both measures improve feel for the driver. The number of teeth on the steering's serration column shaft has been almost doubled, which improves off-centre feel while contributing towards an improvement in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Together, all these changes result in a more compliant and quieter ride, greater stability, faster steering responses with greater feedback and increased driver confidence.

The column-mounted MDPS now requires a reduced 2.63 turns between the extremes of lock for a tighter turning circle of 10.2 metres. Ventilated front disc brakes and solid rear discs are fitted across the range and supported by anti-lock (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and a Brake Assist system (BAS). Collectively, these allow the Rio to be steered and braked at the same time without risk of going out of control, ensure that most braking effort goes to the wheels which are best able to take advantage of it, and automatically deliver maximum stopping power in emergency braking, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver.

Wheels of 15, 16 or 17 inches in diameter (steel on grade ‘1’ models; alloy on all others) are fitted, with 185/65 R15, 195/55 R16 or 205/45 R17 tyres. All models have a tyre repair kit in place of a spare wheel.    

Anything for a quiet life: the Rio’s NVH counter-measures

The Rio is not only a more engaging car to drive; it is also a quieter one to travel in as a result of a comprehensive package of additional NVH counter-measures

The insulation of the cabin from engine noise has been improved by the fitment of an elongated upper cowl panel and new thermoplastic elastomer materials on the dash. What engine noise does enter the cabin is now more sporty sounding thanks to new ducting material on the intake side of the engine and the deletion of the resonator, while on the exhaust side there is a new three-baffle system with a dual tube and increased duct ratios.

Road noise has been reduced by the addition of a reinforcing bracket to increase the structural rigidity of the front subframe. The cowl top panel and kick panel between the rear seats have been reshaped to reduce noise radiation, while five rubber seals in the pillars on each side of the car provide further insulation against outside noise. 

Last but not least, wind noise is now less thanks to the improved aerodynamics of the Rio (Cd 0.316 instead of 0.33). This has been achieved by fitting larger air deflectors ahead of the front wheels to reduce the vortex around the tyres, adding an air deflector beneath the centre floor and through careful shaping of the rear spoiler garnish, the angle of the tailgate glass and the curvature of the tail lamps.

The best of active and passive safety

The ultra-stiff body shell of the Rio, composed of 51 per cent advanced high-strength steels versus 33 per cent in the previous model, has beneficial effects beyond handling and comfort. It provides a greater barrier against injury in the event of an accident.

The chassis of the new car has improved longitudinal and lateral load paths and greater torsional and bending rigidity than the model it replaces and many leading competitors. Structural improvements include a partitioned inner assembly of the front strut mount, stronger connections in the C-pillar cross-member and the application of more structural adhesives on major chassis components. Advanced high-strength steels reinforce all major chassis parts, and there are now multiple load paths to dissipate crash energy in the front of the car.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which work together to stabilise the car on slippery road surfaces or when simultaneously cornering and braking, are now joined by a new feature – Straight Line Stability – which senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight. Another new feature is Cornering Brake Control, which delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions of the Rio also have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.

There are six airbags, with pre-tensioners and load limiters to brace occupants in their seats in extreme braking or if an accident is about to happen, and to prevent injury to chests. A visual and audible seat belt reminder warning is fitted, and there are ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.     

TECHNOLOGY                                                                      

Advanced connectivity and driver assistance systems now in Rio

The Rio features Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) City/Pedestrian as part of Kia's advanced driver assistance systems (ADAP). It also features and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS). Both are standard from grade ‘2’ upwards and optional with grade ‘1’. And, in an increasingly connected world, the Rio now offers the full Kia Connected Services package powered by TomTom™ and featuring Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration. These are standard with grade ‘2’ and the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with pedestrian recognition takes data from radar and a camera to detect sudden and potentially dangerous braking by a vehicle ahead, and activates the brakes. At speeds between 5mph and 50mph it will come to a complete stop, avoiding many potential collisions and minimising the consequences of others. It is also able to detect pedestrians who wander into its path and apply the brakes in the same way. Visual and audible alerts warn the driver of imminent danger so that manual intervention is possible before the car starts to brake automatically.   

The Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), which also relies on a camera that in this case recognises the lane markings on roads, senses when the car is about to deviate from its intended course when the indicators have not been activated. Again, the driver is warned visually – via a symbol on the instrument display – and audibly in time to correct the car's trajectory. The system can also provide steering input to stop the vehicle straying from its lane.

A new feature – Straight Line Stability – senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight. Another new feature is Cornering Brake Control, which delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions of the Rio also have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.

Kia Connected Services with TomTom™ are accessed through a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system. The information available to drivers includes live traffic updates, weather reports, speed camera locations and local point-of-interest searches.

Android Auto™ is available when paired with Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, while Apple CarPlay™ is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer versions of the Apple handset. Both allow occupants to connect to various apps and functions, including hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition. Android Auto™ gives access to Google maps navigation and Google Play music, while Apple CarPlay™ links to pre-loaded maps, music, podcasts, texts and messages and audiobooks, all through Siri voice control.

A DAB radio is standard from grade ‘2’ upwards and linked in grade ‘2’ to a 7-inch colour touchscreen display. A reversing camera, with dynamic guidelines and rear parking assist system is standard from grade ‘2’. All models have Bluetooth® with music streaming, and this is supplemented with voice recognition in grades ‘3’ and ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

RUNNING COSTS                                                                                                    

How the Rio remains affordable throughout its life

One thing that never changes at Kia is the focus on keeping operating costs to a minimum. Fuel efficiency, repairability and ease of maintenance are at the heart of everything the company does, and it is all backed up by the best after-sales care in the business – a seven-year or 100,000-mile no-quibble warranty on all but routine wear and tear items, transferable to subsequent owners if the car is sold before the age or mileage limit has been reached.

With new and highly efficient T-GDi turbocharged direct-injection petrol engines and improved multi-point injection (MPi), the Rio keeps fuel bills and taxation costs low for both private and fleet owners, while the tougher new body has been designed with ease of repair in mind to minimise insurance costs.

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

Rio ‘1’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

125

Rio ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

126

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual ISG

98

133

11.8

109

49.6

131

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

45.6

143

Rio ‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

116

Rio ‘3’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

44.8

144

Rio ‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

115

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 7-speed DCT auto ISG

118

171

10.1

118

52.3

124

Rio ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

 

Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED Band – current VED rates

Model

BIK Tax rate

VED first year/thereafter

Rio ‘1’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

26%

£165/£140

Rio ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

26%

£165/£140

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual ISG

27%

£205/£140

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 4-speed automatic

29%

£205/£140

Rio ‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 6-speed manual ISG

23%

£165/£140

Rio ‘3’ 1.4 4-speed automatic

29%

£205/£140

Rio ‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 6-speed manual ISG

24%

£165/£140

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

24%

£165/£140

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 7-speed DCT auto ISG

25%

£165/£140

Rio ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

24%

£165/£140

 

Insurance groups

Model

1-50

Rio ‘1’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

6

Rio ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

4

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual ISG

5

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 4-speed automatic

5

Rio ‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 6-speed manual ISG

8

Rio ‘3’ 1.4 4-speed automatic

5

Rio ‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 6-speed manual ISG

8

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

9

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 7-speed DCT auto ISG

9

Rio ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

10


Servicing

10,000 miles or every 12 months (whichever comes first)

The Rio is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

Warranty and support

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year warranty.  That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000. 

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty plus one-year roadside assistance through KIAssist.

 

MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                       

Built at Sohari, Kia's first factory

The Kia Rio is built exclusively at Sohari in the Republic of Korea. Sohari is the place where it all started for Kia as we know it today: the plant opened in June 1973. It is located within greater Seoul, to the south-west of the city centre and currently has a staff of just under 5,300. Sohari is capable of building 350,000 cars a year.

Sohari may be Kia’s oldest plant, but it has been extensively modernised to improve its efficiency and the lives of the people working there, reduce its impact on the environment and to ensure that the quality of cars leaving the factory gates is at an all-time high.

Although only about two per cent of a car’s lifetime CO2 emissions are created during its manufacture, this can still amount to a substantial figure when multiplied by the total production capacity of a factory. So, even small improvements can add up to major reductions when rolled out across the entire production network. All Kia plants are working to reduce their impact on the environment by putting in place clean and efficient processes.

Recently, the focus at Sohari has been on developing flexible production systems. As part of that, staff were encouraged to find and adopt 100 innovative production activities under the 'Back to Basic 100' campaign.  Under the slogan, 'A changing environment leads to a change of mind', everyone at Sohari has been helping to make the plant less wasteful and more environmentally friendly. As a result, the Sohari plant has been one of Kia’s leading lights in environmental change.

Improved painting facilities have been installed, and every aspect of vehicle production has been under scrutiny to ensure the plant uses less energy and produces less waste. Water and power consumption, dust and CO2 emissions per vehicle produced and contaminants and waste volumes have all been reduced.

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in each and every production facility around the globe. Over the last few years there has been significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes.

Exhaust pollutants from Sohari have also decreased dramatically – dust, NOx and SO2 output have all been reduced.

New technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement. Typical cast melting furnaces produce large amounts of dust and contained within this is a high proportion of zinc. The captured dust is treated and the zinc extracted before being re-used within the production process.

More technology is employed in the machining shops where gearboxes are produced. Compressed air is used as a coolant when machining intricate gearbox internals, rather than cutting oil. This and the associated oil mist are problem pollutants and the new scheme is helping reduce oil use to less than 0.5 per cent.

The green landscape around each facility is an important part of each plant make-up. One ongoing programme is based on a number of ‘ecology gardens’ which are filled with trees and plants resistant and sensitive to environmental changes in air pollution. Sohari is no different, with more than 25,800m2 of green areas and 24,500 trees planted in and around the facility. This has the added benefits of providing a more comfortable environment for the staff and local population and offsetting some of the CO2 output from the plant.

These ‘ecology gardens’ are continually monitored as they act as real-world indicators to air quality. Each site is broadening its green patches and constantly monitoring air pollution in neighbouring communities. A monthly task for each facility is the ‘One Stream Clean-up’ programme where Kia staff clean and maintain local, natural streams. This is not only to monitor their cleanliness but also to keep them well maintained for the local communities to enjoy.

The overall effect of the many green initiatives – reducing the use of raw materials, recycling more and reducing waste – has resulted in Sohari being officially recognised as an eco-friendly worksite by the Korean Ministry of the Environment.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Things we think you'll want to know

Q Why are you no longer offering a three-door Rio?

A With the trend for downsizing, small cars with the space and practicality of the Rio are frequently bought as the only family car these days, and buyers want the convenience and ease of access of five doors. To continue to offer a three-door car as well would have increased ordering complexity and stocking costs for dealers which would not be justified by the level of sales we could have achieved.

Is there a three-door model for other markets?

A No, for the same reasons.

Q What is the sales performance of the Rio in the UK?

A The fourth generation Rio has sold just over 11,000 units since its launch in 2017. Globally, it is our best-selling car, with annual sales of around 475,000.

Q What is likely to be the model mix in the UK, and what sort of fleet market is there for Rio?

A Grade ‘2’ is the most popular grade, accounting for 40% of sales. The most popular variant is the ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual. Fleet sales account for about 30 per cent of our Rio business, with 70 per cent going to retail customers.

 

Kia Rio Technical Specification

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

All the fact and figures                                                                    

1.0 T-GDi (99bhp)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 99 @ 4,500 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 171 (126) @ 1,500-4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa 3cyl in-line DOHC direct-injection turbocharged

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.615

 1.955

 1.207

 0.893

 0.703

 3.545

 3.722

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil     springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 280 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.63 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloy 5.5J x 15 inch / Alloy 6.0J x 16 inch

 Tyres

 185/65 R15 195/55 R16

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,065 / 1,725 / 1,450

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,155

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 1,000 / 450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min. /max.

 litres

 325 – 1,103

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 10.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.316

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 10.3

 Maximum speed

 mph

 115

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 48.7 / 62.8 / 56.5

 CO2

 g/km

 114 (Grade ‘2’)

 115 (Grade ‘3’)


1.0 T-GDi (118bhp)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 118 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 171 (126) @ 1,500-4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0:1

 Engine details

 

 3cyl in-line DOHC direct-injection turbocharged

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.615

 1.955

 1.286

 0.971

 0.794

 0.667

 -

 3.700

 4.059

 3.813

 2.261

 1.913

 1.023

 0.791

 0.837

 0.690

 5.101

 FGR 1: 4.867

 FGR 2: 3.650

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 280 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.63 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloy 6.5J x 17 inch

 Tyres

 205/45 R17

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT automatic

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,070 / 1,725 / 1,450

 4,070 / 1,725 / 1,450

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1165

 1207

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 1,110 / 450

 1,110 /450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min. /max.

 litres

 325 / 1,103

 325 / 1,103

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 10.2

 10.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.316

 0.316

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT automatic

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 9.8

 10.1

 Maximum speed

 mph

 118

 118

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 46.3/62.8/55.4

 47.1/56.5/52.3

 CO2

 g/km

 117

 124

 


1.25 MPi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,248

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 78.8

 Power output

 bhp

 83 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 122 @ 4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa 4cyl in-line DOHC multi-point injection with dual CVVT

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.545

 1.895

 1.192

 0.906

 0.719

 3.636

 4.600

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 256 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.63 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Steel 5.5J x 15 inch / Alloy  5.5J x 15 inch

 Tyres

 185/65 15R

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,065 / 1,725 / 1,450

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,110

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 910 / 450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min. /max.

 litres

 325 / 1,103

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 10.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.316

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.5

 Maximum speed

 mph

 107

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 43.5/57.6/51.4 (grade ‘1’)

 43.5/56.5/51.4 (grade ‘2’)

 CO2

 g/km

 125 (grade ‘1’)

 126  (grade ‘2’)

 

1.4 MPi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,368

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 72 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 98 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 133 (98) @ 4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa 4cyl in-line, multi-point injection, CVVT

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

six-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.839

 0.703

 3.700

 4.267

 4.400

 2.726

 1.834

 1.392

 1.000

 0.774

 3.400

 3.612

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 256 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.63 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloy 5.5J x 15 inch

 Tyres

 185/65 R15 

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,065 / 1,725 / 1,450

 Kerb weight min./max

 kg

 1,130

 1,163

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 1,000 / 450

 800 / 450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min./max

 litres

 325 / 1,103

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 10.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.316

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Six-speed auto

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 11.8

 12.5

 Maximum speed

 mph

 109

 114

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 40.9 / 56.5 / 49.6

 

 37.2/51.4/45.6 (grade ‘2’)

37.2/51.4/44.8

(grade ‘3’)

 CO2

 g/km

 131

 143 (grade ‘2’)

144 (grade ‘3’)

GENERAL

Kia Rio

THE KIA RIO                                                                      

Short story

  • Fourth generation of Kia's global best-seller
  • More size and space; greater style and equipment
  • 1.0 T-GDi turbo engine heads more efficient powertrain line-up
  • New ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models for 2018
  • Seven-speed DCT automatic transmission added to the model range
  • Fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 114g/km
  • New suspension and steering for a more grown-up driving experience
  • Advanced connectivity features appear in Rio for the first time
  • Stiffer body shell and electronic driver aids add to safety

Kia's Rio supermini is more than ever a 'big little car' with the introduction of the new fourth-generation model.

The Rio is the largest and most spacious to date, is the first with a full connectivity package and advanced driver assistance systems, features new turbocharged petrol engines at the head of a more efficient powertrain line-up, and has new suspension and steering for a more grown-up feel on the road, while the acclaimed styling has a more mature and polished appearance. No wonder the Rio is known within Kia as 'a little Titan'. The Rio will be sold as a five-door model only, in line with customer demand.

Globally, the Rio is Kia's best-seller, with sales close to 475,000 a year, and while it is overshadowed in the UK by the European-built Sportage crossover and cee'd range, it is still a highly significant model, accounting for almost one-sixth of the company's sales.

The Rio is offered in the UK in a 10-model line-up based on three engines, four gearboxes and five trim levels, including sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants that are new for 2018. Available with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – City/pedestrian (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), and also features both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration.          

A new look, a more imposing presence and greater space

The Rio adds a new twist to the award-winning styling which permeates every model from Kia. The brand's instantly recognisable 'tiger-nose' front grille is more slender and wider, and it integrates neatly with the new highly sculpted halogen bi-function projection headlights with U-shaped LED running lights. The bi-function headlights operate the main and dipped beam and incorporate a separate reflector for the standard cornering lights. 

The styling is characterised by straight lines and smooth surfaces which emphasise the car's greater maturity. It was a joint effort by Kia's design teams in Germany and the United States, with the involvement of the main design office at Namyang in South Korea.

The Rio has revised proportions and balance, with a longer wheelbase, bonnet and front overhang, a lower roofline and a more upright and compact back end. Detailing inside and out has been designed to emphasise the car's interior space and its stability on the road. The increased leg and shoulder room are among the best in class, as is headroom – despite the lower roofline. A further benefit from the new proportions is increased boot capacity – up by almost 13 per cent to 325 litres – while the fuel tank is two litres larger at 45 litres.

The interior has been designed around the touchscreen for the new technologies now available, which include Kia Connected Services and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration. Together, these not also give access to the car's navigation and infotainment systems, but also provide live traffic updates, weather reports and information about fixed speed camera locations and local points of interest.

The horizontal theme evident in the exterior styling is repeated in the cabin, emphasising width and space while separating the upper information and lower control areas. The touchscreen has allowed the number of buttons and switches to be reduced, giving a neater look and greater functionality. The Rio is the first car in class with USB ports front and rear, so that mobile devices can be charged from any seat.      

T-GDi engines head more efficient powertrain line-up

Kia's 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) engine is offered in Rio for the first time and heads a three-engine line-up which shows improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions over the outgoing Rio.

The new engines showcase Kia's advanced engine technology capabilities through downsizing, turbocharging, direct fuel injection and weight reduction, and feature a number of detailed engineering solutions to minimise throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost – and reduce internal friction.

It joins revised versions of Kia's 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre petrol engines.

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine is available with either 99 or 118bhp, in both cases with 171Nm of torque across a wide rev band, starting at only 1,500rpm, for effortless driveability. The engine is available with either a 5-speed or 6-speed manual gearbox and on the ‘GT-Line’ is available with a seven-speed DCT automatic. The 99bhp powered version has fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 56.5mpg and 114g/km, while the sparkling 118bhp version is not far behind, with 55.4mpg and 117g/km. The respective 0-60mph acceleration times are 10.3 and 9.8 seconds, and both versions have a top speed of at least 116mph.

The 1.25-litre petrol engine develops an unchanged 83bhp and 122Nm of torque, and has fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 51.4mpg and as low as 125g/km. This easy-going entry-level power unit is ideally suited to urban driving, but is far from out of its depth at highway speeds. It can accelerate from 0-60mph in 12.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 107mph.

The final option is a new-to-Rio multi-point injection petrol unit with a capacity of 1.4 litres and power and torque outputs of 98bhp and 133Nm. Economy is 49.6mpg, as with the 1.4 in the previous Rio, with CO2 emissions of 131g/km. The 0-60mph and top speed figures are 11.8 seconds and 109mph.  

This engine is also available with a six-speed automatic gearbox for the convenience of drivers who spend most of their time in heavy traffic or who prefer an auto box. In this configuration, economy and CO2 emissions are improved to 45.6mpg and 143g/km (‘2’ grade)  or 51.4mpg and 144g/km, while the performance figures are 0-60mph in 12.5 seconds and a top speed of 114mph.

All manual versions of the new Rio have Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop-start system to eliminate tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption while stationary in traffic. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard with the lesser-powered T-GDi engine and the 1.25 unit, while all other manual models have six speeds.

Smoother, sharper, stronger and safer

The Rio relies on a similar suspension system to its predecessor, with independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, but there has been extensive work to enhance comfort and driver enjoyment.

Much of this is due to the stiffer body shell of the latest Rio, which is made of 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel compared with 33 per cent in the outgoing car. The stiffer the body shell, the less the suspension has to compensate for flexing under load. Advanced high-strength steels also contribute towards weight reduction, as vital sections of the body construction do not need to be as thick. Kia has a goal of reducing the average weight of car bodies by five per cent by 2020, based on 2014 figures.

The Rio has more rigid front struts than its predecessor and a raised torsion beam to improve stability; revised springs and shock absorbers to improve compliance and comfort; vertical rear shock absorbers and front shock absorbers with advanced new valve technology for more consistent responses; and a repositioned power steering gearbox which results in improved feel when the steering wheel is in the straight-ahead position. The overall effect is more immediate handling responses and greater confidence for the driver.

A stiffer body shell also enhances crash safety by keeping the passenger cell intact in an accident while the front, rear and side crumple zones absorb impact energy. This is supported in the Rio by a raft of active safety and advanced driver assistance systems. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) mitigate against skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip, and all models apart from the entry-level grade have Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) City/Pedestrian and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) fitted as standard – this is an option on the Rio ‘1’. Kia's Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system employs a long-range radar which detects other vehicles which then works alongside a camera which detects pedestrians ahead to help bring the Rio to a halt. The Lane Keep Assist System alerts the driver if the Rio is about to stray from its lane without the indicators having been activated. The system can also provide steering input to stop the vehicle straying from its lane.

A new feature – Straight Line Stability – senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight. Another new feature is Cornering Brake Control, which delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions of the Rio also have Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines. 

The Rio in the UK

The Rio is available in five trim grades – badged ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ for simplicity, in familiar Kia style – with sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models at the pinnacle of the range.

All are extensively equipped, with even grade ‘1’ is fitted as standard with air conditioning, front electric windows with an automatic function on the driver's side, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, a 3.8-inch display screen, Bluetooth®, automatic light control. There are body-coloured bumpers, door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 60:40 split rear seats. A four-speaker audio system is standard and safety provisions include ESC, VSM and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.

Grade ‘2’ supplements all this with 15-inch alloy wheels in place of similar-sized steel wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, electric windows at the rear as well as the front, electric folding mirrors with LED indicator lights, bi-function projection headlamps and cornering lights and LED daytime running lights, a DAB radio, a 7-inch colour display screen, a six-speaker audio system, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors, a 3.5-inch premium supervision cluster, rear as well as front USB charging ports, cruise control with a speed limiter and the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) City/Pedestrian and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS). There is chrome trim around the black radiator grille, premium black cloth upholstery and a centre storage box. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ features, along with voice control and Bluetooth®.

Additional features on grade ‘3’ include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning with a defogging system, black faux leather upholstery, 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing front wipers, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate.

‘GT-Line’ models feature the long list of equipment found on grade ‘2’ models. In addition, the sporty Rio model includes sports style bumpers front and rear, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, LED ‘ice-cube’ front fog lights, LED rear fog lights, twin exhaust tips, black door mirrors and rear spoiler and privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate. Inside there’s stainless steel pedals and black cloth and faux leather upholstery with grey stitching.

Move up to ‘GT Line S’ specification and there’s a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with DAB radio and RDS, as well as smart key with engine start/stop button, automatic air conditioning, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, rear park assist system, rain sensing front wipers and automatic defog system. Blind Spot Detection (BSD) also features, as well as heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Warranty and Servicing

In common with all Kias, the Rio comes with the best warranty in the business ­­– a seven-year/100,000-mile declaration of faith in the reliability and quality of the car, covering all labour and parts except those subject to normal wear and tear. The warranty is transferable if the car is sold before the time/mileage limit expires.

The Rio is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

UK Rio line-up:

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

Rio ‘1’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

125

Rio ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

126

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual ISG

98

133

11.8

109

49.6

131

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

45.6

143

Rio ‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

116

Rio ‘3’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

44.8

144

Rio ‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

115

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 7-speed DCT auto ISG

118

171

10.1

118

52.3

124

Rio ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

 

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AT A GLANCE                                                                                                          

An instant guide to our new supermini

Exterior

  • Joint design by European and US studios with input from Korea
  • Longer (+15mm) and lower (-10mm) than previous model with 10mm longer wheelbase
  • Slimmer, wider 'tiger nose' grille
  • Sculpted bi-function headlights with U-shaped LED daytime running lamps
  • Appearance defined by sharp, straight lines and smooth surfacing
  • Front foglight surrounds pushed outwards to emphasise width and stability
  • Longer bonnet enhances stability and volume
  • Slimmer C-pillars with more upright rear screen and shorter overhang
  • Greater use of advanced high-strength steel (51 per cent instead of 33 per cent) to enhance rigidity and reduce weight
  • Five-door only in line with customer demand

Interior

  • More sculpted, horizontal fascia with improved ergonomics
  • Interior designed around touchscreens for navigation, infotainment and connectivity
  • Straight lines emphasise width of cabin and space for occupants
  • Touchscreen systems allow a simpler, pared-down switchgear layout
  • Dashboard now angled further towards driver for improved ease of use
  • Most spacious cabin in class, with improved legroom front and rear and exceptional head and shoulder room
  • Boot capacity increased by 37 litres to 325 litres
  • Fuel tank capacity rises by two litres to 45 litres
  • Reprofiled door trims and dashboard and new headlining increase passenger space
  • Thinner C-pillars and relocated door mirrors improve visibility
  • Black cloth, premium black cloth, black faux leather or red and black faux leather upholstery, depending on model
  • Display screens of 3.8 inches or 7 inches, depending on model. Linked to Kia Connected Services, with Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay™ on many models
  • More interior storage, with double open tray, overhead sunglasses holder and bottle holders in every door

Technical

  • Three-cylinder T-GDi turbocharged direct injection engine offered in Rio for first time, with power outputs of 99 and 118bhp
  • 1.25- and 1.4-litre petrol models also available
  • New 1.4-litre Kappa petrol unit replaces previous 1.4 Gamma engine
  • Lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on selected models
  • Fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 114g/km
  • Six-speed auto gearbox optional with 1.4-litre petrol engine. Standard powered T-GDi and 1.25-litre units have five-speed manuals; all others have six-speed manual. Seven-speed DCT automatic offered on ‘GT-Line’ model
  • Re-engineered MacPherson strut and torsion beam suspension improves stability, compliance and driver confidence
  • Relocated power steering gearbox improves straight-ahead feel and responsiveness

Technology

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian detection
  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) standard on all but entry-level versions
  • Kia Connected Services, Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM all new to Rio
  • Keyless entry and ignition, heated seats and steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, cruise control with speed limiter and parking camera also available
  • Straight Line Stability and Cornering Brake Control are new features standard on all models

THE DESIGN STORY                                                                                         

The constantly evolving face of Kia

Kia is constantly lauded for the coherence and clarity of its design, winning a stream of accolades in Germany's prestigious Red Dot awards, but it is not a company to rest on its laurels. Kia design is always evolving to take into account changes in customer demands, while remaining faithful to the mantra established by President of Design and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer when he began the process of harmonising the appearance of the company's cars in 2006. All of that is evident in the Rio, which is now sold only as a five-door car.  

The latest Rio is a bigger car than its predecessor – not by much, but sufficiently to alter its stance and proportions and give it a fresher, more modern appearance. The design of the car was a joint effort led by the company's studios in Frankfurt and at Irvine, California, with input from the main design centre at Namyang in South Korea.

It is 15mm longer than the outgoing car at 4,065mm, and has a 10mm longer wheelbase of 2,580mm. But the front overhang has been lengthened to create the space for a longer, sleeker bonnet, while the rear overhang has been shortened and the C-pillars are narrower and more upright. The height has been reduced by 10mm, to 1,445mm, to emphasise the sleeker and more mature appearance of the new car, and the housings for the sharp-looking projection-type front foglamps, which are standard across the range, have been pushed outwards and upwards to give the Rio an appearance of width and stability.

The signature 'tiger-nose' front grille is wider and more slender and blends seamlessly with the new bi-function headlight units with their U-shaped LED daytime running lights. The 'tiger nose' grille is in fact not an air intake at all – that is now incorporated in the dynamically surfaced bumper – but a stylish design feature in gloss black with either a silver paint or a chrome surround.

The stretched bonnet enhances the stability and volume and straight, clearly defined lines run along the Rio’s shoulders and doors, further stretching the appearance and emphasising the car's superior aerodynamics compared with its predecessor. The Cd figure is now 0.316 instead of 0.33.

The straight line which starts at the grille and runs through the headlights and along the top of the doors continues around the rear of the car, where there are now more sculpted lamp units. The tailgate glass is now almost vertical. The overall exterior appearance of the car is distinctive, mature, clean and modern, and characterised by straight lines and smooth surfacing.

The door handles are neatly and smoothly integrated, while the prominent flat-surfaced wheel housings tightly encase new-style wheels of 15, 16 or 17 inches in diameter. These are alloy on all but the grade ‘1’ model.

The exterior door handles, bumpers and door mirror casings are in body colour, and there is a chrome window surround on grades ‘3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models, plus privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate.  High gloss black door mirrors and rear spoiler are available on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

Interior

The increased size of the Rio has been put to good use when it comes to passenger accommodation. Practicality was a key focus in the design, and there is now more front and rear head, leg and shoulder room, which are all among the best in class – despite the 10mm reduction in overall height.

Similarly, the boot is among the biggest in the B-segment at 325 litres (37 litres more than in the previous model), despite the shorter rear overhang, and expands to 980 litres with the 60:40 split rear seats folded. The tailgate opening is lower (by 26mm) and wider (by 71mm). A tyre repair kit is provided in place of a spare wheel to maximise luggage capacity and make space for a larger fuel tank – 45 litres instead of 43.

The improved interior space of the Rio comes about through some ingenious packaging solutions. Legroom benefits from the 10mm longer wheelbase, but reprofiled door trims, a reshaped dashboard and new headlining materials are responsible for the unusually generous head and shoulder room.  The thinner C-pillars – reduced in width by 87mm compared with the previous model – and relocated door mirrors, which are now at the base of the A-pillars, minimise blind spots, while all-round visibility is further improved by a lower window line and new quarter lights at the tail end of the rear doors.  

There has also been an increase in storage space along with the larger boot. There is an open double tray for mobile devices and other small items at the base of the centre console, sunglasses storage in the overhead console, a single-box glove compartment, bottle holders in every door (1.5 litres at the front and 0.5 litres in the rear) and closed-bottom storage areas in the door handles.   

The cabin has been designed around the touchscreen for the infotainment, navigation and connectivity features and is more sculpted and more ergonomic than that in the previous model. As with the outside, it is characterised by straight lines which emphasise width and space, and there are now horizontal rather than vertical air vents.

The dashboard is now angled more towards the driver, creating a sportier feel, while the centre console is dominated by a 'floating' human-machine interface with either a 3.8-inch monochrome display, a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system, depending on model. The driver-oriented centre console contains fewer buttons and features more ergonomic concave switches and rotary dials for the heating and ventilation system.

Rio ‘1’ has black cloth upholstery; in Rio ‘2’ there is premium black cloth while Rio ‘3’ features black faux leather. Special black cloth and faux leather upholstery is fitted to the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models, which also have stainless steel pedals.  

Quality – perceived and actual – is evident in the fit and finish and the choice of materials. There is a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter from grade ‘2’, satin chrome interior door handles on grades ‘3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ (with a silver paint finish on grades ‘1’ and ‘2’), black faux leather fascia trim on grade 3 and a 3.5-inch supervision cluster from grade ‘2’.

RANGE FINDER                                                                                                       

Five trim levels plus sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models

The Rio is available in five trim grades – badged ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ for simplicity, in familiar Kia style – with sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models at the pinnacle of the range.

All are extensively equipped, with even grade ‘1’ is fitted as standard with air conditioning, front electric windows with an automatic function on the driver's side, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, a 3.8-inch display screen, Bluetooth®. There are body-coloured bumpers, door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 60:40 split rear seats. A four-speaker audio system is standard and safety provisions include ESC, VSM and Hill-start Assist Control to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.

Grade ‘2’ supplements all this with 15-inch alloy wheels in place of similar-sized steel wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, electric windows at the rear as well as the front, electric folding mirrors with LED indicator lights, a DAB radio, a 7-inch colour display screen, a six-speaker audio system, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity with voice control and Bluetooth®, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors, a 3.5-inch premium supervision cluster, rear as well as front USB charging ports, cruise control with a speed limiter and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) City/Pedestrian and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS). There is chrome trim around the black radiator grille, premium black cloth upholstery and a centre storage box.

Additional features on grade ‘3’ include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning with a defogging system, black faux leather upholstery, 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing front wipers, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate.

‘GT-Line’ models feature the long list of equipment found on grade ‘2’ models. In addition, the sporty Rio model includes sports style bumpers front and rear, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, LED ‘ice-cube’ front fog lights, LED rear fog lights, twin exhaust tips, black door mirrors and rear spoiler and privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate. Inside there’s stainless steel pedals and black cloth and faux leather upholstery with grey stitching.

Most up to ‘GT Line S’ specification and there’s a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with DAB radio and RDS, as well as smart key with engine start/stop button, automatic air conditioning, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, rain sensing front wipers and automatic defog system. Blind Spot Detection (BSD) also features, as well as heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                            

New engines and enhanced driving dynamics

With the introduction of Kia's in-house 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) engine to the Rio, there are now four power units and four transmissions available. Two of the engines are new to Rio, and in some cases there are improvements to fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, despite the larger body of the latest model.

There has been extensive work to enhance comfort and driver enjoyment through revisions to the suspension system, which continues to be based on independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear. Much of the improvement in ride and handling is due to the stiffer body shell of the new car, which is made of 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel compared with 33 per cent in the outgoing model.

Refinement has been improved through detailed work on the aerodynamics, body structure and insulation, while active safety benefits from the introduction for the first time in Rio of d Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) City/Pedestrian and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), both of which are standard from grade ‘2’ upwards. These features are optional on grade ‘1’ variants.

 

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine

Kia has embarked on an ambitious policy of reducing average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of its model range by 25 per cent by 2020, based on 2014 levels. It aims to do this through engine downsizing, more efficient combustion of petrol and diesel power units and the addition of alternative-fuel vehicles where appropriate.

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine fits in perfectly with this strategy by delivering exceptional power and torque, despite its small capacity, through turbocharging and direct injection. The T-GDi units spray a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure injection system which ensures they use only as much fuel as necessary for the load being put on them. The result is highly efficient combustion with excellent performance. Direct injection with turbocharging also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability.

There are two versions of the 1.0-litre T-GDi in the Rio, both three-cylinder 998cc units with four valves per cylinder. Power outputs are 99bhp at 4,500rpm and 118bhp at 6,000rpm, while they deliver an identical amount of torque – 171Nm continuously from 1,500rpm to 4,000rpm. The standard-powered version is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox while the higher-powered option is linked to a six-speed manual. A seven-speed DCT automatic gearbox is available on the ‘GT-Line’ model paired to the 118bhp 1.0-litre T-GDi powerplant.

The key targets were instantaneous response, highly efficient combustion and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. These goals have been more than met with the aid of innovative technical solutions. The T-GDi engines feature laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread more evenly throughout the cylinders than if it was being consistently sprayed into certain points.

The T-GDi engine has a straight air intake port which ends in a sharp air intake throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking.

There is a single-scroll turbocharger paired with an electric wastegate motor. This improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads.

The engine is fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold which reduces exhaust gas temperatures, bringing the benefits of higher speeds with greater fuel efficiency. Lower temperatures also result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system, which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88ºC to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts off coolant flow above 105ºC to reduce friction and improve efficiency. 

A number of factors contribute towards the exemplary driveability and efficiency of the all-aluminium T-GDi unit. There is continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides, electronic throttle control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre-line to aid smoothness.

The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold. The integrated exhaust manifold and turbocharger, in a one-piece casting, improve sealing while reducing weight. A number of detailed engineering solutions minimise throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost – and reduce internal friction.

For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods have been strengthened. 

The 99bhp version of the engine accelerates the Rio from standstill to 60mph in 10.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 116mph. Combined fuel consumption is 56.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of 114g/km (grade ‘2’) or 115g/km (grade ‘3’). Acceleration from 0-60mph takes only 9.8 seconds and the top speed is 118mph for the 118bhp engine, while combined fuel economy and emissions are 55.4mpg and 117g/km when paired with the six-speed manual gearbox or 52.3mpg and 124g/km when paired with the seven-speed DCT automatic.

The 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre multi-point injection engines

There are two further petrol engines in the Rio, both four-cylinder 16-valve units featuring multi-point fuel injection (MPi). The 1.25-litre unit from the Kappa family, which was available in the previous Rio, is joined by a new 1.4-litre (1,368cc) Kappa engine, which replaces the 1,396cc Gamma unit in the previous Rio.

The entry-level 1.25-litre engine is an aluminium-block 1,248cc unit featuring double overhead camshafts, continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) with low-friction beehive springs, an offset crankshaft and a maintenance-free long-life timing chain. It drives through a five-speed manual gearbox.

It develops 83bhp at 6,000rpm and 122Nm of torque peaking at 4,000rpm. Thanks to CVVT, this engine delivers outstanding performance over a wide portion of the rev range, while its modern design and compact capacity ensure this is achieved with the lowest possible fuel consumption and emissions. Combined economy is 51.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of 125g/km for ‘1’ grade variants or 126g/km for ‘2’ grade variants. This easy-going entry-level power unit is ideally suited to urban driving, but is far from out of its depth at highway speeds. It can accelerate the Rio from 0-60mph in 12.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 107mph.

The new 1.4-litre petrol engine is an all-aluminium 16-valve twin-cam unit featuring performance-enhancing continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust camshafts and multi-point fuel injection. This ensures high torque at low engine revs for good drivability in cities, and excellent power for the fast motorway speeds common in Europe.

It has a capacity of 1,368cc compared with the 1,396cc of the unit it replaces, and develops 98bhp at 6,000rpm and 133Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It is available with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or as an option with Rio ‘2’, a six-speed automatic.

The manual gearbox allows 0-62mph acceleration in 11.8 seconds on the way to a top seed of 109mph, with average fuel economy of 49.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 131g/km. These are unchanged from the previous model with the Gamma 1.4 engine. With the automatic, combined economy is 45.6mpg, while CO2 emissions are 143g/km.

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

Rio ‘1’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

125

Rio ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

126

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual ISG

98

133

11.8

109

49.6

131

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

45.6

143

Rio ‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

116

Rio ‘3’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

44.8

144

Rio ‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

115

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 7-speed DCT auto ISG

118

171

10.1

118

52.3

124

Rio ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

 

 

EcoDynamics

All manual versions of the Rio are fitted as standard with Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving, CO2-reducing measures.

The ISG system turns off the engine when the car is stationary in traffic and the driver puts the gear lever into neutral and releases the clutch pedal. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch pedal is pushed.

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit. This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster.

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors the battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started. There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low.

A heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking.

All the driver has to do is stop, put the car into neutral and lift his or her foot off the clutch. After a brief pause, the engine cuts out. It restarts as soon as the driver pushes the clutch. The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up from a cold start or if the air conditioning system is working hard.

Tuned for driver satisfaction and passenger comfort

The Rio's suspension continues to be based on independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, but it has been completely retuned to build on the driver involvement of the previous model while extending the compliance and comfort of the ride. This has been aided considerably by the much stiffer body shell of the new model.

Spring and damper settings have been completely revised to take advantage of the stiffer body, which allows the suspension to do its work without having to compensate for flexing of the car's structure. The front struts and cross-member are stiffer than in the previous Rio and the torsion beam has been raised, all of which improve stability. The rear dampers are now almost vertical (the incline is 8.4 degrees instead of the previous 25 degrees), while those at the front now benefit from pre-loaded linear valve technology, delivering more linear handling and suspension response over broken surfaces.

Pre-loaded linear valve technology introduces a completely new piston design which not only increases driving comfort but also ensures excellent isolation of vibrations in the vehicle body. Rapid opening and closing processes in the valve ensure outstanding wheel damping, which adds to safety by improving handling precision. In addition, innovative piston geometries further optimise the damper's noise emissions.

The gearbox for the motor-driven power steering (MDPS) has been moved forwards by 28mm, while the castor angle of the front wheels goes up from 4.1 degrees to 4.6 degrees. Both measures improve feel for the driver. The number of teeth on the steering's serration column shaft has been almost doubled, which improves off-centre feel while contributing towards an improvement in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Together, all these changes result in a more compliant and quieter ride, greater stability, faster steering responses with greater feedback and increased driver confidence.

The column-mounted MDPS now requires a reduced 2.63 turns between the extremes of lock for a tighter turning circle of 10.2 metres. Ventilated front disc brakes and solid rear discs are fitted across the range and supported by anti-lock (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and a Brake Assist system (BAS). Collectively, these allow the Rio to be steered and braked at the same time without risk of going out of control, ensure that most braking effort goes to the wheels which are best able to take advantage of it, and automatically deliver maximum stopping power in emergency braking, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver.

Wheels of 15, 16 or 17 inches in diameter (steel on grade ‘1’ models; alloy on all others) are fitted, with 185/65 R15, 195/55 R16 or 205/45 R17 tyres. All models have a tyre repair kit in place of a spare wheel.    

Anything for a quiet life: the Rio’s NVH counter-measures

The Rio is not only a more engaging car to drive; it is also a quieter one to travel in as a result of a comprehensive package of additional NVH counter-measures

The insulation of the cabin from engine noise has been improved by the fitment of an elongated upper cowl panel and new thermoplastic elastomer materials on the dash. What engine noise does enter the cabin is now more sporty sounding thanks to new ducting material on the intake side of the engine and the deletion of the resonator, while on the exhaust side there is a new three-baffle system with a dual tube and increased duct ratios.

Road noise has been reduced by the addition of a reinforcing bracket to increase the structural rigidity of the front subframe. The cowl top panel and kick panel between the rear seats have been reshaped to reduce noise radiation, while five rubber seals in the pillars on each side of the car provide further insulation against outside noise. 

Last but not least, wind noise is now less thanks to the improved aerodynamics of the Rio (Cd 0.316 instead of 0.33). This has been achieved by fitting larger air deflectors ahead of the front wheels to reduce the vortex around the tyres, adding an air deflector beneath the centre floor and through careful shaping of the rear spoiler garnish, the angle of the tailgate glass and the curvature of the tail lamps.

The best of active and passive safety

The ultra-stiff body shell of the Rio, composed of 51 per cent advanced high-strength steels versus 33 per cent in the previous model, has beneficial effects beyond handling and comfort. It provides a greater barrier against injury in the event of an accident.

The chassis of the new car has improved longitudinal and lateral load paths and greater torsional and bending rigidity than the model it replaces and many leading competitors. Structural improvements include a partitioned inner assembly of the front strut mount, stronger connections in the C-pillar cross-member and the application of more structural adhesives on major chassis components. Advanced high-strength steels reinforce all major chassis parts, and there are now multiple load paths to dissipate crash energy in the front of the car.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which work together to stabilise the car on slippery road surfaces or when simultaneously cornering and braking, are now joined by a new feature – Straight Line Stability – which senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight. Another new feature is Cornering Brake Control, which delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions of the Rio also have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.

There are six airbags, with pre-tensioners and load limiters to brace occupants in their seats in extreme braking or if an accident is about to happen, and to prevent injury to chests. A visual and audible seat belt reminder warning is fitted, and there are ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.     

TECHNOLOGY                                                                      

Advanced connectivity and driver assistance systems now in Rio

The Rio features Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) City/Pedestrian as part of Kia's advanced driver assistance systems (ADAP). It also features and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS). Both are standard from grade ‘2’ upwards and optional with grade ‘1’. And, in an increasingly connected world, the Rio now offers the full Kia Connected Services package powered by TomTom™ and featuring Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration. These are standard with grade ‘2’ and the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with pedestrian recognition takes data from radar and a camera to detect sudden and potentially dangerous braking by a vehicle ahead, and activates the brakes. At speeds between 5mph and 50mph it will come to a complete stop, avoiding many potential collisions and minimising the consequences of others. It is also able to detect pedestrians who wander into its path and apply the brakes in the same way. Visual and audible alerts warn the driver of imminent danger so that manual intervention is possible before the car starts to brake automatically.   

The Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), which also relies on a camera that in this case recognises the lane markings on roads, senses when the car is about to deviate from its intended course when the indicators have not been activated. Again, the driver is warned visually – via a symbol on the instrument display – and audibly in time to correct the car's trajectory. The system can also provide steering input to stop the vehicle straying from its lane.

A new feature – Straight Line Stability – senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight. Another new feature is Cornering Brake Control, which delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions of the Rio also have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.

Kia Connected Services with TomTom™ are accessed through a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system. The information available to drivers includes live traffic updates, weather reports, speed camera locations and local point-of-interest searches.

Android Auto™ is available when paired with Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, while Apple CarPlay™ is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer versions of the Apple handset. Both allow occupants to connect to various apps and functions, including hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition. Android Auto™ gives access to Google maps navigation and Google Play music, while Apple CarPlay™ links to pre-loaded maps, music, podcasts, texts and messages and audiobooks, all through Siri voice control.

A DAB radio is standard from grade ‘2’ upwards and linked in grade ‘2’ to a 7-inch colour touchscreen display. A reversing camera, with dynamic guidelines and rear parking assist system is standard from grade ‘2’. All models have Bluetooth® with music streaming, and this is supplemented with voice recognition in grades ‘3’ and ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

RUNNING COSTS                                                                                                    

How the Rio remains affordable throughout its life

One thing that never changes at Kia is the focus on keeping operating costs to a minimum. Fuel efficiency, repairability and ease of maintenance are at the heart of everything the company does, and it is all backed up by the best after-sales care in the business – a seven-year or 100,000-mile no-quibble warranty on all but routine wear and tear items, transferable to subsequent owners if the car is sold before the age or mileage limit has been reached.

With new and highly efficient T-GDi turbocharged direct-injection petrol engines and improved multi-point injection (MPi), the Rio keeps fuel bills and taxation costs low for both private and fleet owners, while the tougher new body has been designed with ease of repair in mind to minimise insurance costs.

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

Rio ‘1’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

125

Rio ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

83

122

12.5

107

51.4

126

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual ISG

98

133

11.8

109

49.6

131

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

45.6

143

Rio ‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

116

Rio ‘3’ 1.4 6-speed automatic

98

133

12.5

114

44.8

144

Rio ‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

10.3

116

56.5

115

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 7-speed DCT auto ISG

118

171

10.1

118

52.3

124

Rio ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.8

118

55.4

117

 

Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED Band – current VED rates

Model

BIK Tax rate

VED first year/thereafter

Rio ‘1’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

26%

£165/£140

Rio ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

26%

£165/£140

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual ISG

27%

£205/£140

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 4-speed automatic

29%

£205/£140

Rio ‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 6-speed manual ISG

23%

£165/£140

Rio ‘3’ 1.4 4-speed automatic

29%

£205/£140

Rio ‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 6-speed manual ISG

24%

£165/£140

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

24%

£165/£140

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 7-speed DCT auto ISG

25%

£165/£140

Rio ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

24%

£165/£140

 

Insurance groups

Model

1-50

Rio ‘1’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

6

Rio ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual ISG

4

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual ISG

5

Rio ‘2’ 1.4 4-speed automatic

5

Rio ‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 6-speed manual ISG

8

Rio ‘3’ 1.4 4-speed automatic

5

Rio ‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 6-speed manual ISG

8

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

9

Rio ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 7-speed DCT auto ISG

9

Rio ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

10


Servicing

10,000 miles or every 12 months (whichever comes first)

The Rio is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

Warranty and support

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year warranty.  That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000. 

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty plus one-year roadside assistance through KIAssist.

 

MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                       

Built at Sohari, Kia's first factory

The Kia Rio is built exclusively at Sohari in the Republic of Korea. Sohari is the place where it all started for Kia as we know it today: the plant opened in June 1973. It is located within greater Seoul, to the south-west of the city centre and currently has a staff of just under 5,300. Sohari is capable of building 350,000 cars a year.

Sohari may be Kia’s oldest plant, but it has been extensively modernised to improve its efficiency and the lives of the people working there, reduce its impact on the environment and to ensure that the quality of cars leaving the factory gates is at an all-time high.

Although only about two per cent of a car’s lifetime CO2 emissions are created during its manufacture, this can still amount to a substantial figure when multiplied by the total production capacity of a factory. So, even small improvements can add up to major reductions when rolled out across the entire production network. All Kia plants are working to reduce their impact on the environment by putting in place clean and efficient processes.

Recently, the focus at Sohari has been on developing flexible production systems. As part of that, staff were encouraged to find and adopt 100 innovative production activities under the 'Back to Basic 100' campaign.  Under the slogan, 'A changing environment leads to a change of mind', everyone at Sohari has been helping to make the plant less wasteful and more environmentally friendly. As a result, the Sohari plant has been one of Kia’s leading lights in environmental change.

Improved painting facilities have been installed, and every aspect of vehicle production has been under scrutiny to ensure the plant uses less energy and produces less waste. Water and power consumption, dust and CO2 emissions per vehicle produced and contaminants and waste volumes have all been reduced.

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in each and every production facility around the globe. Over the last few years there has been significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes.

Exhaust pollutants from Sohari have also decreased dramatically – dust, NOx and SO2 output have all been reduced.

New technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement. Typical cast melting furnaces produce large amounts of dust and contained within this is a high proportion of zinc. The captured dust is treated and the zinc extracted before being re-used within the production process.

More technology is employed in the machining shops where gearboxes are produced. Compressed air is used as a coolant when machining intricate gearbox internals, rather than cutting oil. This and the associated oil mist are problem pollutants and the new scheme is helping reduce oil use to less than 0.5 per cent.

The green landscape around each facility is an important part of each plant make-up. One ongoing programme is based on a number of ‘ecology gardens’ which are filled with trees and plants resistant and sensitive to environmental changes in air pollution. Sohari is no different, with more than 25,800m2 of green areas and 24,500 trees planted in and around the facility. This has the added benefits of providing a more comfortable environment for the staff and local population and offsetting some of the CO2 output from the plant.

These ‘ecology gardens’ are continually monitored as they act as real-world indicators to air quality. Each site is broadening its green patches and constantly monitoring air pollution in neighbouring communities. A monthly task for each facility is the ‘One Stream Clean-up’ programme where Kia staff clean and maintain local, natural streams. This is not only to monitor their cleanliness but also to keep them well maintained for the local communities to enjoy.

The overall effect of the many green initiatives – reducing the use of raw materials, recycling more and reducing waste – has resulted in Sohari being officially recognised as an eco-friendly worksite by the Korean Ministry of the Environment.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Things we think you'll want to know

Q Why are you no longer offering a three-door Rio?

A With the trend for downsizing, small cars with the space and practicality of the Rio are frequently bought as the only family car these days, and buyers want the convenience and ease of access of five doors. To continue to offer a three-door car as well would have increased ordering complexity and stocking costs for dealers which would not be justified by the level of sales we could have achieved.

Is there a three-door model for other markets?

A No, for the same reasons.

Q What is the sales performance of the Rio in the UK?

A The fourth generation Rio has sold just over 11,000 units since its launch in 2017. Globally, it is our best-selling car, with annual sales of around 475,000.

Q What is likely to be the model mix in the UK, and what sort of fleet market is there for Rio?

A Grade ‘2’ is the most popular grade, accounting for 40% of sales. The most popular variant is the ‘2’ 1.25 5-speed manual. Fleet sales account for about 30 per cent of our Rio business, with 70 per cent going to retail customers.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Kia Rio Technical Specification

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

All the fact and figures                                                                    

1.0 T-GDi (99bhp)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 99 @ 4,500 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 171 (126) @ 1,500-4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa 3cyl in-line DOHC direct-injection turbocharged

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.615

 1.955

 1.207

 0.893

 0.703

 3.545

 3.722

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil     springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 280 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.63 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloy 5.5J x 15 inch / Alloy 6.0J x 16 inch

 Tyres

 185/65 R15 195/55 R16

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,065 / 1,725 / 1,450

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,155

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 1,000 / 450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min. /max.

 litres

 325 – 1,103

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 10.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.316

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 10.3

 Maximum speed

 mph

 115

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 48.7 / 62.8 / 56.5

 CO2

 g/km

 114 (Grade ‘2’)

 115 (Grade ‘3’)


1.0 T-GDi (118bhp)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 118 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 171 (126) @ 1,500-4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0:1

 Engine details

 

 3cyl in-line DOHC direct-injection turbocharged

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.615

 1.955

 1.286

 0.971

 0.794

 0.667

 -

 3.700

 4.059

 3.813

 2.261

 1.913

 1.023

 0.791

 0.837

 0.690

 5.101

 FGR 1: 4.867

 FGR 2: 3.650

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 280 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.63 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloy 6.5J x 17 inch

 Tyres

 205/45 R17

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT automatic

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,070 / 1,725 / 1,450

 4,070 / 1,725 / 1,450

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1165

 1207

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 1,110 / 450

 1,110 /450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min. /max.

 litres

 325 / 1,103

 325 / 1,103

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 10.2

 10.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.316

 0.316

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT automatic

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 9.8

 10.1

 Maximum speed

 mph

 118

 118

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 46.3/62.8/55.4

 47.1/56.5/52.3

 CO2

 g/km

 117

 124

 


1.25 MPi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,248

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 78.8

 Power output

 bhp

 83 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 122 @ 4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa 4cyl in-line DOHC multi-point injection with dual CVVT

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.545

 1.895

 1.192

 0.906

 0.719

 3.636

 4.600

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 256 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.63 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Steel 5.5J x 15 inch / Alloy  5.5J x 15 inch

 Tyres

 185/65 15R

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,065 / 1,725 / 1,450

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,110

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 910 / 450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min. /max.

 litres

 325 / 1,103

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 10.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.316

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.5

 Maximum speed

 mph

 107

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 43.5/57.6/51.4 (grade ‘1’)

 43.5/56.5/51.4 (grade ‘2’)

 CO2

 g/km

 125 (grade ‘1’)

 126  (grade ‘2’)

 

1.4 MPi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,368

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 72 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 98 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 133 (98) @ 4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa 4cyl in-line, multi-point injection, CVVT

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

six-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.839

 0.703

 3.700

 4.267

 4.400

 2.726

 1.834

 1.392

 1.000

 0.774

 3.400

 3.612

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 256 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.63 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloy 5.5J x 15 inch

 Tyres

 185/65 R15 

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,065 / 1,725 / 1,450

 Kerb weight min./max

 kg

 1,130

 1,163

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 1,000 / 450

 800 / 450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min./max

 litres

 325 / 1,103

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 10.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.316

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Six-speed auto

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 11.8

 12.5

 Maximum speed

 mph

 109

 114

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 40.9 / 56.5 / 49.6

 

 37.2/51.4/45.6 (grade ‘2’)

37.2/51.4/44.8

(grade ‘3’)

 CO2

 g/km

 131

 143 (grade ‘2’)

144 (grade ‘3’)



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