Kia Rio updated for 2019
Kia has consolidated its Rio small car and introduced a sportier model for 2019.
The previous S model carries over and offers the same 74kW and 133Nm 1.4-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, priced from $16,990 plus on-road costs. Standard gear for the S includes a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reversing camera and rear parking sensors. Pricing for the four-speed automatic version of the S is currently set at $17,490 driveaway.
The previous Si and SLi have been replaced with a single model called Sport that brings a newer six-speed automatic into the mix, priced at $18,990 driveaway and the six-speed manual provides a $1000 reduction on that.
The Sport is powered by the same 1.4-litre engine but adds 17-inch alloys, cruise control, leather trim steering wheel and gear shifter, and electric folding mirrors.
At the top of the tree is the new GT-Line that introduces a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol motor producing 88kW and 172Nm through a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. It is the safest model of the lot, bringing automated emergency braking and lane departure warning as standard. Other inclusion are a sportier GT-Line body kit available in new bright yellow paint and LED headlights, fog lights and taillights. However satellite navigation has been dropped in favour of using a mirrored, connected mobile device.
Kia Australia CEO Damien Meredith said the changes should be enough to keep the Rio in the fight against a tough competitor set.
“The Rio has always been a foundation stone of the Kia brand and remains so with this latest range of improvements,” he said.
“Competition in this segment is extremely tough but we have continued to listen to what our customers and the industry commentators say and made improvements based on that feedback.”
2019 Kia Rio pricing:
Kia Rio S manual - $16,990 plus on-road costs
Kia Rio S auto - $17,490 driveaway
Kia Rio Sport manual - $17,990 driveaway
Kia Rio Sport auto - $18,990 driveaway
Kia Rio GT-Line auto - $21,990 driveaway.
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