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Mike Stevens | Jun 21, 2010

Kia Australia has announced the addition of the 2010 Kia Rio to the Federal Government's Green Vehicle Guide at 15th position, the company's second entry in the Top 20 after the Kia Soul.

Although it debuted in 2005, the 2010 Kia Rio has seen a number of styling and trim updates, along with changes to the drivetrain that see it gain Euro IV emissions compliance and a 5-Star Green Vehicle Guide rating.

The rating is specific to the five-door Kia Rio S and LE Sport models, fitted with the five-speed manual transmission and powered by a 1.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 70kW and 125Nm of torque.

With a fuel consumption figure of 6.6 l/100km (combined cycle), the Rio achieved a 7.5 out of 10 for its Greenhouse Rating, and its emissions figures of 158g/km helped it achieve an Air Pollution Rating of 8.5 out of 10.

Sold in Korea as the Pride, the Rio is the company's volume-selling entry-level model. The refreshed styling of the update brings the little Kia in line with the all-new Cerato, Soul, and the Sorento SUV.

Apart from the new grille, the facelifted model features new front bumper styling and a larger front lower air-intake, flanked by new fog lights.

Side indicators now feature on the wing mirrors, and alloy sports wheels are expected to be added as an option.

There are higher quality materials in the cabin than the pre-update model, while a revised centre console and Bluetooth connectivity round out the updates inside. Instruments are also lit in red rather than the green of the previous model.

The 2010 Kia Rio starts at $14,990 (Manufacturer's List Price) for the 1.4 litre Rio S, through to the range-topping 1.6 litre Rio Si at $18,840.

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