Kia Rio (2005–2011)

Model History

June 2005

New Rio launched at Detroit show January 2005 and in UK from Summer 2005.

Hatchback: 3,990mm long x 1,483mm high x 1,695mm wide.

Saloon 4,240mm long x 1,483mm high x 1,695mm wide. (Saloon did not come to UK.)

LX or EX trim. 1.4 litre 97PS, 125NM torque continuously variable valve timing petrol engines with manual or automatic transmission or 1.5 litre 110PS, 235Nm torque common rail EU4 diesel manual. Twin front, side and curtain airbags, active head restraints, ESP – available. Diesel: 110mph, 0-60mph 11.2 seconds, mpg 60.1 combined, CO2 121g/km (£115pa VED).

  • 1.4 and 1.5 CRDi GS £7,995
  • 1.4 GS (Auto) £8,995
  • 1.4 & 1.5 CRDi LX £8,995
  • 1.4 & 1.5 CRDi LX with Dynamic Option Package £9,995


Metallic/Mica Paint £300. Basic spec included a/c, CD/radio, twin airbags, electric front windows.

March 2007

Shown at Geneva Show March 2007: Kia Hybrid saloon created by Kia R&D to take part in ‘real-world’ test fleet activities, features a unique powertrain with a 1.4-litre petrol engine, mated to a 12kW, 95 Nm AC synchronised electric motor and a CVT gearbox.

The Alpha ll petrol engine is fitted with CVVT (continuously variable valve timing) and generates 90 PS of power with 126 Nm of torque. The high-torque permanent magnet electric motor is mounted between the flywheel and the gearbox and ‘assists’ the petrol engine during starting, accelerating and hill-climbing. During steady cruising the electric motor switches off, while during deceleration it employs ‘regenerative braking’ to store energy and re-charge its Ni-MH 144 volt power pack.

The computer-controlled system also allows stop/start motoring and switches both engine and motor off whenever the car comes to a standstill for more than a few seconds. Restarting is automatic.

The hybrid Rio is the first Kia to employ a CVT (continuously variable transmission). This type of compact automatic gearbox seamlessly shifts between an infinite range of gear ratios and allows the engine and powertrain to operate at peak efficiency at all times.

This Rio accelerates from 0-to-62 mph in 12.2 seconds, can reach a top speed of 112 mph and returns a fuel consumption of 53.4mpg. Compared to the standard petrol Rio, air pollutants are reduced by 37% and fuel efficiency is improved by 44%. The hybrid’s CO2 figure is 126 g/km.

Rio Chill announced 3-7-2008 with choice of 1.4 litre petrol or 1.5 litre CRDi and starts from just £7,995. The 1.5-CRDi engine emits just 119 g/km and comes with air conditioning, central locking and front electric windows, as well as a spoiler and 14" alloys.

February 2009

Rio Black special edition starting at only £8,745 for the 1.4-litre petrol and rising to £9,720 for 1.5-litre CRDi, the Rio Black special edition, only available with Midnight Black Mica paintwork, offers great value and extra equipment at a minimal price. Included within the special package are 16-inch alloy wheels, electric front and rear windows, central locking, front fog lights, colour coded rear spoiler, door handles and mirrors, six airbags and air conditioning. Continuing the frugal theme, the Rio Black has all this but CRDi only produces 119 g/km, meaning that it joins the Picanto Red with a VED of only £35 per year.

November 2009

Rio supermini receives Graphite makeover which makes the most of its recent facelift. Integrated mirror indicators, 15-inch alloy wheels, black bezel headlights and front fogs all enhance Rio from the outside while standard features such as air-conditioning, alloy pedals, a metallic centre fascia, leather steering wheel and gear knob makes what's on the inside count too. Rio Graphite is available in 1.4 petrol and 1.5 CRDi engines for just £9,395 and £10,395 respectively.

August 2010

Kia New Vehicle Warranty Terms & Exclusions:

  • There is no mileage limit during the first 3 years, except for vehicles used as taxis where a limit of 100,000 miles applies.
  • There is a 100,000 mile limit between years 4 and 7.
  • Paintwork is covered for 5 years / 100,000 miles.
  • Audio is covered for 3 years / 60,000 miles.
  • Batteries are covered for 2 years.
  • Normal 'wear and tear' on items such as brake linings and clutch linings, etc. are excluded from cover.
  • The warranty is transferable, at no cost, to subsequent owners and is valid across Europe.

What does a Kia Rio (2005 – 2011) cost?

List Price from £12,955
Buy new from £11,862
Contract hire from £150.80 per month