Kia Rio

 kia rio

RIO HATCHBACK - 1.25 1 5dr



MANUFACTURER PRICE

£11675

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£9,924 

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The Kia Rio supermini has been rejuvenated in fourth generation form. 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

The MK4 model Kia Rio now looks an even better alternative to the Corsas and Fiestas of this world, with a more spacious cabin, impressive connectivity and a clever downsized turbo petrol engine option. 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. Here's 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

Kia is well aware that driving dynamics weren't a strong selling point of the previous third generation Rio, hence the efforts put in to making this MK4 model more agile and interesting to drive. The stiffer bodyshell should help here and it also allowed the development team to introduce a more compliant suspension system. This Rio benefits from a revised spring and damper set-up than the old model, improving the car's compliance and comfort at all speeds, while supposedly facilitating more enjoyable, engaging handling characteristics. A repositioned power steering gearbox should provide greater feel through the helm too. The previous generation Rio model didn't advance existing engine technology too much, so it's good to see that Kia has made a bit more effort on this front this time round. Key to the line-up is the down-sized three cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol unit we first saw on the facelifted MK2 model cee'd family hatch, offered here - as there - with either 99 or 118bhp power outputs, in both cases accompanied by 172Nm of torque. The lightweight nature of this T-GDI powerplant should benefit the Rio's front-end handling, with less mass and inertia for the car to work against under cornering. Less sophisticated are the 83bhp 1.25 and 98bhp 1.4-litre MPI petrol units, a comment also applicable to the 1.4-litre diesel engine, which produces 89bhp. All engines apply power to the front wheels. There's a five-speed manual transmission for the base 1.25-litre petrol unit and the 99bhp 1.0-litre T-GDI powerplant. Otherwise, your Rio will come with a six-speed manual 'box. There's a 4-speed auto option on the petrol 1.4.

Design and Build

This fourth generation Rio certainly looks more distinctive, the front end characterised by the latest evolution of Kia's 'tiger-nose' grille, now thinner in height and wider across the front of the car, with a gloss black grille cover. The grille is integrated with the newly-designed bi-function headlights, more sculpted for a sharper look, and featuring a new U-shaped LED daytime running light signature. In profile, the lengthened, more balanced stance is achieved with a long bonnet and longer front overhang, a 10mm longer wheelbase (up to 2,580mm), a thinner, more upright C-pillar, and a shorter rear overhang. Overall, the new car is 15mm longer than its predecessor, at 4,065mm in length, and 5mm lower (now 1,450mm tall). Inside, the restyled cabin feels more up-market, helped by gloss black trim that lines the central section of a dashboard now more angled towards the driver. At the centre of the fascia is a high-resolution touchscreen. Below, the driver-oriented centre console features fewer buttons, with more ergonomic, concave switches and rotator dials below to control the heating and ventilation. Thanks to 10mm of extra wheelbase, there's much more space to spread out inside - and more bootspace too, 325-litres of luggage room now on offer, about the same as you get in a Focus, despite the fact that this is a Fiesta-segment model.
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