We saw the 4th generation 5-door Kia Rio launched in September of last year – now it is time for the 3-door version. We road-tested the new 5-door Kia Rio Review in October 2011.
It is pretty much the same as the 5-door version bar the obvious and a saving of £600 or £300 a door.
The 3-door is targeted at a younger audience perhaps without children, but we feel old customers or those with disabilities may benefit from the wider doors.
There is a choice of four engines – two petrol and two diesels, exactly the same as used on the 5-door model.
The two petrol engines - The entry-level unit is a 1.25 Kappa engine that develops 83bhp and 121Nm of torque. There is a 1.4 Gamma engine which developing 107bhp and 137Nm of torque. The 1.4 petrol is available either with an automatic or manual gearbox.
The two diesel engines - The enter level diesel is 1.1 CRDi unit which develops 74bhp and 170Nm of torque - CO2 emissions of 99g/km or below and fuel economy of at least 74.3mpg depending on the variant. This currently means £0 VED (car tax) and London Congestion Charge Exempt.
EcoDynamics technologies, such as Intelligent Stop & Go, will be a standard feature with all new Rio diesels, including the 1.4-litre models. The 1.4 CRDi is a four-cylinder diesel engine from the same family as the 1.1 CRDi. It develops 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. Economy and emissions figures are 70.6mpg combined and 105 g/km of CO2.
The Rio 3-door is offered in four trims - '1', '1 Air', '2' and '3' - as the five door version.
The entry-level Kia Rio '1' features daytime running lights, front electric windows, 15-inch steel wheels, a height-adjustable driver's seat, two-way steering column adjustment on the petrol model (height-adjustable only on the entry-level diesel), split folding rear seats, 12-volt power socket and an MP3-compatible RDS radio and CD player with USB and AUX ports. Bluetooth is also standard on the petrol entry model, and on all versions with other trim grades.
Kia Rio '1 Air' grade is for buyers who want the comfort of air conditioning without upgrading to level '2'.
The Kia Rio '2' is distinguished by 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and a chrome radiator grille surround. Inside, there is premium black cloth upholstery, a cooling glovebox, electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors with side repeaters, leather trim on the steering wheel and gearshift and a centre console armrest.
Thel Kia Rio '3' specification adds a touch of luxury including 17-inch alloys with low-profile tyres, LED daytime running and rear combination lamps, automatic air conditioning with auto de-fog, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, automatic projection-type headlights, heated front seats and six speakers instead of four.
All New Kia Rio’s, are covered a warranty for either seven years or 100,000 miles (which ever comes first) on parts and labour, excluding wear and tear items and subject to certain conditions.Published 25 January 2012