KIA Rio (2011 - )
Last updated 30 October 2013
KIA Rio voted Practical Caravan magazine's "Best Ultra-Light Tow Car" in the Tow Car Awards 2013, at a ceremony held at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire on 13th June. The Rio super-mini was chosen by an...
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.
Test and video: KIA Rio 2011 Road Test and Video