Kia Rio

 kia rio

RIO HATCHBACK - 1.25 1 5dr



MANUFACTURER PRICE

£11675

BEST PRICE

£9,924 

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The fourth generation version of Kia's Rio supermini has been rejuvenated. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
RIO HATCHBACK
1.25 1 5dr
PETROL
£9,923.75
RIO HATCHBACK
1.25 2 5dr
PETROL
£11,827.75
RIO HATCHBACK
1.4 2 5dr
PETROL
£12,252.75
RIO HATCHBACK
1.0 T GDi 2 5dr
PETROL
£12,507.75
RIO HATCHBACK
1.4 2 5dr Auto [6 Speed]
PETROL
£12,779.75
RIO HATCHBACK
1.0 T GDi 118 GT-Line 5dr
PETROL
£13,574.50
RIO HATCHBACK
1.0 T GDi 3 5dr
PETROL
£13,995.25
RIO HATCHBACK
1.4 3 5dr Auto [6 Speed]
PETROL
£14,267.25
RIO HATCHBACK
1.0 T GDi 118 GT-Line 5dr DCT
PETROL
£14,424.50
RIO HATCHBACK
1.0 T GDi 118 GT-Line S 5dr
PETROL
£14,845.25

Ten Second Review

This improved version of the MK4 model Kia Rio now looks an even better alternative to the Corsas and Fiestas of this world, with mild hybrid engine tech, a smarter look and much improved levels of media connectivity. Prices are keen and the seven-year warranty speaks for itself.

Background

For buyers, the supermini category has never been more important. Why? Because modern examples of the breed are now for the first time large enough to function as complete family cars. Take, for example, the model we're looking at here, Kia's fourth generation Rio. It's as big as a turn of the century Astra or Focus from the Family Hatchback segment, the next pricier class up. More importantly, it's the first really top class supermini the Korean brand has ever bought us. It's a progression that anyone familiar with Kia will have been expecting. The first two generations of Rio were quite embarrassing but the MK3 model of 2011 was pretty class-competitive. When the wraps came off this fourth generation version in the autumn of 2016 though, it was clear that it was going to be a bit more than that and this design has been further improved in the updated form we look at here. This is a car that targets nothing less than the top of the segment in terms of the things that really matter to supermini buyers - styling, running costs and everyday practicality. How close it gets is what we're here to find out.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
109
CO2 (g/km)
125
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Noise Level dB(A)
71
CO
0.422
CO
0.469
HC
0.031
HC
0.027
NOx
0.011
NOx
0.019
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
138
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
139
Engine and Drive Train
Engine Code
G4LA-6d temp
Engine Code
G3LC-6D
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
71
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
78.8
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
10.5:1
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
5 SPEED
CC
1248
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
47.1
EC Urban (mpg)
43.5
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
68.9
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
57.6
EC Combined (mpg)
58.8
EC Combined (mpg)
51.4
WLTP - MPG - Low
39.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium
48.7
WLTP - MPG - High
53.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
42.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
42.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb
46.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb
46.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
6.1
General
Generation Mark
3
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
6E
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
7
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
100000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
5
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Coin Series
1
Service Interval Mileage
10000
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Timing Belt Interval Mileage
10000
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
12
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
85
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
84
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
62
NCAP Safety Assist %
25
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
3
Badge Power
83
Badge Engine CC
1.25
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
12.3
Engine Torque - MKG
12.4
Engine Power - KW
62
Engine Power - RPM
6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
89
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
90
Engine Torque - NM
121
Engine Torque - NM
122
Engine Torque - RPM
4000
0 to 62 mph (secs)
12.5
Top Speed
107
Engine Power - BHP
83
Engine Power - PS
False
0 to 60 mph (secs)
True
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Tyre Size Front
185/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear
185/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
15" STEEL
Alloys?
False
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Width (including mirrors)
1993
Height
1455
Height
1450
Length
4065
Width
1725
Wheelbase
2580
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
1110
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
45
Gross Vehicle Weight
1560
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
325
No. of Seats
5
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
910
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
450
Max. Loading Weight
450
Max. Roof Load
70
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
980
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1103
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.5
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Driving Experience

The key news here is the introduction of Kia's 48V MHEV mild hybrid engine technology, an 'EcoDynamics+' set-up which makes an appearance paired with the brand's latest 'Smartstream' 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engine. The unit comes in both 100 and 120PS forms, with both variants featuring a Drive Mode Select system, giving drivers the choice to customise their drive with 'Eco', 'Sport' and 'Normal' settings. This Rio EcoDynamics+ model is also one of the first models from Kia to be equipped with the brand's latest 'iMT' 'intelligent Manual Transmission' set-up. This uses a 'clutch-by-wire' system that contributes to the MHEV system's greater fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions, while retaining the driver engagement of a conventional manual transmission. Other conventional petrol engines are still being offered in this car - including a conventional version of the 1.0 T-Gdi unit in 100PS form, which now gets a 6-speed manual gearbox or the option of Kia's 7-speed 7DCT auto. There's also a new version of Kia's naturally aspirated 1.2-litre pertrol engine, with innovative Dual Port Injection technology and a power output of 84PS. Otherwise, things are much as before. If your experience of the Kia Rio extends back before the launch of this MK4 version, you'll find this current car much more engaging to drive than its predecessors. The stiffer bodyshell helps here, a structure which allowed the development team to introduce a more compliant suspension system, improving the car's compliance and comfort at all speeds, while supposedly facilitating more enjoyable, engaging handling characteristics. A repositioned power steering gearbox has also provided greater feel through the helm too.

Design and Build

This improved version of the fourth generation Rio certainly looks more distinctive. The refreshed design retains the car's iconic 'tiger-nose' grille, narrowed for a more focused appearance and matched by a lower, wider front bumper and distinctive new fog lamp housing. These changes give the front of the car a smoother, yet more purposeful appearance, imbuing it with a more confident stance on the road. All models now feature new full LED headlamps with integral running lights. As before, the grille is integrated with bi-function headlights, sculpted for a sharp look and featuring a U-shaped LED daytime running light signature. In profile, a relatively lengthy, balanced stance is achieved with a long bonnet and long front overhang, a thin quite upright C-pillar and a relatively short rear overhang. Inside, the main update is a larger 8.0-inch centre-dash touchscreen, plus there's a higher-resolution 4.2-inch digital display in the driver's instrument cluster. This improved Rio is also now available with a new interior customisation option in the form of a blue colour pack. This adds a dash of colour and flair to the cabin, with coloured seat bolsters, dashboard and door arm rests, matched with contrast stitching. And in the rear? Well as usual with a car of this kind, you'd certainly struggle to fit three fully-sized folk across the rear bench, though if that was ever necessary, the low centre transmission tunnel would make things a little easier. Let's finish with a few words on bootspace. The tailgate is light to lift and reveals a 325-litre luggage area that's still one of the very largest in the supermini segment. The load bay is well shaped too, with little intrusion either from the wheelarches or the suspension turrets. With the rear bench lowered, the area provided isn't quite flat but it is reasonably spacious with 980-litres of fresh air on offer.
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