The Rio range now comes in three trim levels starting with the entry-level S that costs $16,990 (plus on-road costs) when fitted with a six-speed manual transmission or $19,090 (plus on-roads) with the optional four-speed automatic.
The mid-level Si and range-topping SLi are both exclusively offered with the automatic gearbox and cost $21,490 (plus on-roads) and $22,490 (plus on-roads) respectively. While the previous gap-filling S Premium variant has been discontinued.
Kia’s 103kW 1.6 litre engine used in the previous generation Si and SLi variants has also been retired with all three variants are powered by a carry-over 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine from the previous Rio S, tweaked to improve fuel economy by reducing its peak power and torque outputs. It now generates 74kW and 133Nm (down marginally from 79kW and 135Nm) while its claimed average consumption has dropped from 6.3L/100km to 6.2L/100km with the automatic or an even lower at 5.6L/100km for the six-speed manual.
The car is physically larger than the model it replaces, which results in marginal increases in leg and headroom for all occupants as well as additional luggage space in its boot, increasing by 37L to 325L.
Kia anticipates the Rio will score a maximum five-star crash test rating thanks to its stronger body structure and the fitment of six airbags, however advanced driver aids such automated emergency braking won’t be made available until a later date, arrive in concert with a more modern 1.0-litre turbocharged engine and six-speed automatic transmission, but Kia is waiting to officially confirm the high-tech addition later this year.
As with the wider Kia range, the Rio’s suspension has undergone Australia-specific tuning for local conditions and customer preferences with improved levels of road holding and comfort.
All Rio variants come equipped with more standard gear, including a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen with smartphone mirroring and a rear view camera.
The entry-level S runs on 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, has cloth trim, air conditioning and a six-speaker audio system.
The mid-grade Si adds sat nav, cruise control, higher grade cloth trim, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch alloy wheels (in place of the previous models 16-inch wheels) and chrome highlights on the exterior and gloss black highlights in the cabin.
The flagship SLi brings a touch of luxury with fake leather trim with premium front seats, 16-inch alloys (in lieu of 17-inch wheels previously), sunroof, tinted windows, automatic wipers, and climate control.
All Rio models are covered by Kia’s benchmark seven-year warranty with capped price servicing.
Rio S manual - $16,990
Rio S automatic - $19,090
Rio Si automatic - $21,490
Rio SLi automatic - $22,490
Note: Price excludes on-road costs
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