Kia Rio (2017–)

Model History

September 2016

New Kia Rio unveiled

At the front, the Rio has the latest evolution of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille, now thinner in height and wider across the front of the car. Integrated bi-function projection headlamps – again, thinner and more sculpted than those of its predecessor – project a new U-shaped LED light signature.

Changes to the front of the car, including moving the fog lamps’ position outwards within the front bumper, are designed to add greater visual width for a more stable overall look. The new Rio grows by 5mm in width (to 1,725mm), further adding to this effect.

Length: 4,065 mm; Width: 1,725 mm (mirrors folded); Height: 1,445mm; Wheelbase: 2,580mm.

Overall, the new car is 15mm longer than previous Rio (now 4,065mm long), and 5mm lower in height (to 1,450mm). Straight, clearly-defined lines run down the full length of the car’s shoulder and along its doors, further stretching the appearance of the car for a more stable, confident look.

The new Kia Rio will offer motorists a modern new cabin design, featuring sculptural forms and a more ergonomic layout than its predecessor.

Like the exterior, straight lines running the width of the dashboard characterise the shape of the interior, giving the cabin a wider appearance and increasing the sense of space for occupants.

The dashboard itself is now angled towards the driver, and at its center is a new infotainment system, a ‘floating’ HMI (human-machine interface), with a high-resolution touchscreen to power the Rio’s audio, navigation and new connectivity systems. The new HMI has allowed Kia to reduce the number of buttons on the center console.

The new Rio is available with a choice of black or grey cloth seat upholstery, or with black or grey faux leather. A ‘Red Pack’ for the Rio gives buyers black with red faux leather-trimmed seats throughout the cabin. The cabin itself features gloss black and metallic trim throughout, for a more modern finish.

January 2017

Prices of 2017 Kia Rio announced



Rio 1 1.25 5-speed manual ISG


Rio 1 1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG


Rio 2 1.25 5-speed manual ISG


Rio 2 1.4 6-speed manual ISG


Rio 2 1.4 4-speed automatic


Rio 2 1.0 T-GDi (99bhp) 5-speed manual ISG


Rio 2 1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG


Rio 3 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG


Rio 3 1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG


Rio First Edition 1.0 T-GDi) 6-speed manual ISG


July 2017

Rio Pulse launched

The Rio Pulse enters the line-up between the mid-grade 2 and high-grade 3 versions and costs £14,595 on the road. The price includes either Clear White or Midnight Black paint as standard, this is an extra-charge on other models in the Rio range, but applied for no additional cost on Pulse.

The Rio Pulse is easily distinguished by a red roof and red front vents, mirror caps and side skirt trims. A similar theme is extended to the interior, where there is black and red faux leather upholstery and red faux leather door inserts. The fascia trim is finished in red metallic paint.

There are 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/45 R17 tyres, a black radiator grille with chrome surround and privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate. Inside, the sporty leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter are complemented by stainless steel pedals.

March 2018

Kia Rio GT Line launched

Features 1.0T GDI engine with 100PS or 120PS (optional 1.2 and 1.4 petrol engines also available). On sale from April 2018.

17-inch wheels with 225/45 R17 tyres. Gloss black and chrome 'tiget nose' grille. 'Ice cube' LED goglights (like cee'd GT). LED DRL. Optional 'floating' ine of sight touchschreen with satnav and rear parking camera optional.

Available with Kia's latest 7-inch and 8-inch touchcreeen infotanimant systems and 'level 2 autonomy' driver assist systems such as Driver Attention Warning, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist and full LED headlights with Dynamic Bending Light.

What does a Kia Rio (2017) cost?

List Price from £12,940
Buy new from £10,692
Contract hire from £139.03 per month