New Kia Rio
New Kia Rio

On sale from 1st September 2011, the all new 4th generation Kia Rio sees style and quality upgrades across the model range, alongside reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Two petrol and two diesel engines will be available for the all new Kia Rio, including a 1.1 litre three cylinder turbodiesel which boasts lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than any other non-electric car on sale, including hybrids and rival companies.

Complete with Kia's EcoDynamics fuel saving technologies, such as Intelligent Stop & Go engine technology, low rolling resistance tyres, a drag-reducing front grille, gearshift indicator and rear spoiler - this model can achieve 88.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 85g/km. The engine offers 74bhp and 170Nm of torque from 1500rpm.

All new Kia Rio diesel models will feature EcoDynamics technologies as standard, including the 1.4 litre models, which will be added to the line up shortly after launch. The 1.4 diesel four cylinder engine produced 89bhp and 220Nm of torque with fuel efficiency of 70.6mpg on the combined cycle and 105g/km of CO2.

The petrol engines for the Kia Rio sees the 1.25 litre Kappa engine develop 83bhp and 121Nm of torque and the 1.4 litre Gamma engine which develops 107bhp and 127Nm of torque. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available.

Standard features for the entry-level Kia Rio '1' includes: daytime running lights, body-coloured bumpers, door handles and door mirrors, speed-variable front wipers, headlamp leveling, 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), a tachometer and trip computer, split folding rear seats, a boot light, a 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.

The '1 Air' grade is for buyers who want the comfort of air conditioning without upgrading to level '2'.

The '2' is sees 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and a chrome radiator grille surround. On the interior, black cloth upholstery, rear electric windows, a cooling glove box, electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors with side repeaters, leather trim on the steering wheel and gearshift and a centre console armrest.

The Kia Rio '3' spec features 17-inch alloys with low-profile tyres, ultraviolet-reducing solar privacy glass, LED daytime running and rear combination lamps, automatic air conditioning with auto de-fog, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, automatic headlights, heated front seats and six speakers.

Safety equipment is the same across the range, including electronic stability control (ESC), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA) in addition to emergency stop signaling (ESS).

The new Kia Rio also features Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), which prevents the car from rolling backwards when pulling away on steep gradients.

In the event of an impact, the new Kia Rio has a stiff body shell with front and rear crumple zones to absorb and dissipate crash energy minimising the risk of injury to occupants. THe kia Rio also features twin front, side and curtain airbags as well as seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters for the front occupants.

The new Kia Rio is longer wider and lower than the previous model, with a 70mm longer wheelbase and coupe-like roofline. The luggage area is 100mm wider and overall capacity is 7% larger, at 288 litres. The rear seats fold in a 60:40 split.

The UK Kia Rio Model Line Up Performance Figures
Version Power (bhp) Torque (Nm) 0-60
1.25 '1' 83 @ 6,000rpm 121 @ 4,000rpm 12.6 106
1.25 '1' Air 83 @ 6,000rpm 121 @ 4,000rpm 12.6 106
1.1 CRDi '1' EcoDynamics 74 @ 4,000rpm 170 @ 1,500 – 2,750rpm 14.9 98
1.1 CRDi '1 Air' EcoDynamics 74 @ 4,000rpm 170 @ 1,500 – 2,750rpm 14.9 98
1.25 '2' 83 @ 6,000rpm 121 @ 4,000rpm 12.6 106
1.4 '2' 107 @ 6,300rpm 137 @ 4,200rpm 11.1 114
1.4 '2' Auto 107 @ 6,300rpm 137 @ 4,200rpm 12.7 106
1.1 CRDi '2' EcoDynamics 74 @ 4,000rpm 170 @ 1,500 – 2,750rpm 15.5 100
1.4 CRDi '2' EcoDynamics 89 @ 4,000rpm 220 @ 1,500 – 2,750rpm 12.6 106
1.4 '3' 107 @ 6,300rpm 137 @ 4,200rpm 11.1 114
1.4 CRDi '3' EcoDynamics 89@ 4,000rpm 220 @ 1,500 – 2,750rpm 12.6 106
UK Kia Rio Model Line Up Economy and Pricing
Version Comb. mpg CO2 (g/km) BIK
1.25 '1' 56.5 114 10% C £10,595
1.25 '1' Air 56.5 114 10% C £11,395
1.1 CRDi '1' EcoDynamics 88.3 85 13% A £11,095
1.1 CRDi '1 Air' EcoDynamics 78.5 94 13% A £12,695
1.25 '2' 55.4 119 10% C £12,495
1.4 '2' 51.4 128 15% D £13,095
1.4 '2' Auto 44.1 150 19% F £14,095
1.1 CRDi '2' EcoDynamics 74.3 99 13% A £13,795
1.4 CRDi '2' EcoDynamics 70.6 105 13% B £14,195
1.4 '3' 51.4 128 15% D £13,795
1.4 CRDi '3' EcoDynamics 70.6 105 13% B £14,895

Published : 22/08/11 Author : Staff

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