Much more stylish than previous Rio. Upmarket interior. New 1.1-litre chain cam diesel emits just 85g/km of CO2. 3-door from £9,995.
Refined with excellent gearshift, but not as much fun to drive as other hatchbacks this size.
Latest Update KIA Rio 2011: Used 2011 KIA Rio purchased March 2012 with 4k miles suffered electrical problem that prevfented it starting three times between March 2012 and January 2013.
12-5-2012: Diesel Car magazine has named the KIA Rio "Best Small Car" in its annual Car of the Year issue - the third award won by KIA's B-segment car in less than a year.
Test and video: KIA Rio 2011 Road Test and Video
The all-new 4th generation KIA Rio went on sale in the UK on 1 September 2011 and is a major step forward in KIA’s drive to upgrade the style and quality of its entire model range while lowering fuel consumption and CO2 figures.
Longer, lower and wider than the 2005 Rio, the new model is designed to inject emotional appeal into the hatchback market. The Rio went sale in the UK from September 2011 as a 5-door version and a 3-door was available from early 2012.
The new KIA Rio is available with four engines – two petrol and two diesel – including a 1.1-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than any other non electric car on sale in the world, including hybrids and eco specials from rival companies.
Fitted with 15-inch wheels and KIA’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving technologies – including Intelligent Stop & Go engine technology, low rolling resistance tyres, a drag-reducing front grille, gearshift indicator and rear spoiler - this model is capable of 88.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of only 85g/km.
Yet with 74bhp and 170Nm of torque from a mere 1,500rpm, it delivers sprightly performance. All 1.1-litre diesel versions of the new Rio five-door have CO2 emissions below 100g/km and combined cycle fuel economy of at least 74.3mpg.
EcoDynamics technologies will be a standard feature with all new Rio diesels, including the 1.4-litre models scheduled to be added to the line-up shortly after launch. The 1.4-litre diesel is a four-cylinder engine from the same U2 family as the 1.1. It develops 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. Economy and emissions figures are 70.6mpg combined and just 105 g/km of CO2 .
There are also two petrol engines in the new Rio. The entry-level unit is the 1.25-litre Kappa engine which recently made its debut in Kia’s smallest car, the new Picanto. This engine develops 83bhp and 121Nm of torque. The new Rio is also available with Kia’s 1.4-litre Gamma engine, developing 107bhp and 137Nm of torque. It also offers buyers the convenience of an automatic gearbox as an option to the standard manual.