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Kia Rio's cabin is spacious, practical and well put together, with room in the back for adults. Plus there is a boot with plenty of room for a family shopping trip, or a run to the tip. Specification of ours includes DAB Digital radio, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, USB and auxiliary socket, Electronic Stability Programme, Alloy Wheels Air conditioning, Split/fold Rear Seats, Bluetooth connection and plenty more desirable features. CLICK, COLLECT, DRIVE - Reserve online today or call us to request for a personalised video!
Petrol 46.3 combined MPG (WLTP)
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Aeroblade-type front wipers, Electric front windows + drivers one touch, Heated rear window, Rear electric windows, Rear wash/wipe, Tinted glass, Variable front intermittent wipers with mist function
ABS/EBD, Auto city emergency braking, Cornering brake control, ESC + BAS + VSM + HAC, Traction control
Apple car play/Android Auto, Voice control system
Collision prevention assist, Cruise control + speed limiter, Electric power steering, Emergency stop signalling system, Forward collision warning, Gear selection indicator, Lane departure warning system, Rear parking sensor, Reversing camera
7" touch screen, Digital clock, Outside temperature display, Supervision cluster, Tachometer, Trip computer, Windscreen washer level indicator
Body coloured door mirrors, Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Silver fascia trim
Intelligent Stop and Go
6 speakers, Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming, DAB Digital radio, Rear USB port, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, USB and auxiliary socket
Exterior Body Features
Black grille with chrome surround, Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles
Automatic lighting control, Cornering light, Dual projection headlights, Front fog lights, Headlamp levelling, LED daytime running lights, LED indicators in door mirrors, Rear fog lamp, Welcome home function
12V power point front, 3 passenger grab handles, Centre console storage box/armrest, Door pockets with bottle holder, Leather trimmed gearshift, Leather trimmed steering wheel, Luggage area parcel shelf, Luggage hooks, Overhead console with sunglasses holder, Premium cloth upholstery, Silver interior door handles, Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Load area light, Rheostat dimmer switch
Advanced driver assistance pack - Rio
3-point front seatbelts, 3x3 point rear seatbelts, Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact, Curtain airbags, Driver and passenger airbags, Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters, Front side airbags, Height adjustable front seatbelt anchors, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Rear child proof door locks, Seatbelt warning, Tyre pressure monitoring system
60/40 split/folding 2nd row of seats, Driver's seat height adjuster, Driver/passenger front seatback pockets, Height adjustable headrests, ISOFIX top tethers and lower anchor points
Anti theft alarm, Deadlocking system, Engine immobiliser, Folding key, Locking wheel nuts, Remote central door locking, Speed sensitive auto door locking
Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
Wheels - Alloy
15" alloy wheels
Wheels - Spare
Tyre mobility system
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|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||5E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||5|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||85|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||84|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||3|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||62|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||25|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||10000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||100000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||7|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||10000|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Noise Level dB(A):||69|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:||139|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||72|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||84|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||49.6|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||56.5|
|EC Urban (mpg):||40.9|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb:||6.1|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High:||6.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High:||5.2|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low:||7.3|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium:||5.8|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb:||46.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High:||42.8|
|WLTP - MPG - High:||54.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Low:||38.7|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium:||48.7|
|0 to 60 mph (secs):||True|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||11.8|
|Engine Power - BHP:||98|
|Engine Power - KW:||73|
|Engine Power - RPM:||6000|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||98|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||13.6|
|Engine Torque - NM:||133|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||4000|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||NEDC Correlated|
|Tyre Size Front:||185/65 R15|
|Tyre Size Rear:||185/65 R15|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Type:||15" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||1993|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||45|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1580|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1103|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||325|
|Max. Loading Weight:||450|
|Max. Roof Load:||70|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1000|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||450|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||10.5|
The fourth generation version of Kia's Rio supermini has been rejuvenated. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.
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.
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.
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 uprated 118bhp version of the brand's latest 'Smartstream' 1.0-litre T-Gdi petrol engine. The unit comes with 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 99bhp 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 1.25-litre pertrol engine, with innovative Dual Port Injection technology and a power output of 83bhp. 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.
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.
Rio pricing hasn't changed too much, so as before, this car sits in the £13,500 to £21,000 bracket. That might sound a lot but most variants will be sold in the £15,000 to £17,000 bracket, which makes this one of the more affordable Fiesta-sized superminis out there. As before, the sales focus for the UK will be on the five-door bodystyle. The line-up here is based around '1', '2', '3'and 'GT Line' trim levels. As before, equipment levels are strong. Kia's keen to talk about this updated model's larger 8.0-inch touchscreen display, which is fitted to plusher versions and offers Display Audio or Satellite Navigation packages depending on vehicle specification. This set-up uses the brand's innovative 'Phase II' UVO Connect telematics system and offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-mirroring, negating the need for owners to connect their smartphone via a cable. This upgraded Rio features several of Kia's latest camera safety Advanced Driving Assistance Systems. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian, vehicle and cyclist recognition, plus Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Blind Collision Warning (BCW). Also available is Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) and Lane Following Assist (LFA). The Rio also features Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) and Rear Occupant Alert (ROA).
Kia's 'EcoDynamics+' mild hybrid system which features in the MHEV 1.0 T-GDI 118bhp model works as these kinds of set-ups usually do. It supplements the engine's torque output with power from a compact 48-volt lithium-ion polymer battery and extends engine 'off time' with a Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) unit. The MHSG is connected by a belt to the engine's crankshaft and switches seamlessly between 'motor' and 'generator' modes. In 'motor' mode, under acceleration, the MHSG provides electric power assistance to reduce engine load and emissions. As the car decelerates, the MHSG has the ability under certain conditions to switch to 'generator' mode, recuperating energy from the crankshaft to recharge the battery. As a result, impressive WLTP-rated returns are possible - up to 52.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 122g/km of CO2. Even the conventional 1.0 T-GDI 99bhp petrol engine should certainly prove to be very frugal. This base T-GDi unit manages virtually the same figures are the MHEV version - 52.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 123g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. The base 1.25-litre model manages 49.6mpg and 128g/km. All variants get an Idle Stop & Go (ISG) system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck at the lights or waiting in traffic. As with all Kias, the Rio is covered by a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty that's longer than any other car in the same class. Servicing should be affordable and the various pre-paid servicing packages you can buy will further help manage costs in this regard, with 'Care-3' or 'Care-3 Plus' packages offering retail customers fixed-cost, inflation-proof servicing for either three or five years. Should you sell the car in this period, the remaining scheduled maintenance allocation can be passed on to the next owner.
It's easy to see why Kia is one of the fastest growing car makers in the world, doubling its global sales over the last few years thanks to a range of models now seriously troubling the European market's established players. Here's another one that'll add to their concerns, smartly styled and class-leadingly spacious and efficient. As a result, it can now compete head-on with its mainstream rivals and betters many of them. This then, is a car that has come of age. No longer is it a supermini you'd recommend largely because of generous equipment or a modest asking price. True, it still isn't the sharpest handling car in its class and there are a few rivals with classier cabins. None though, are more practical or more refined and few have a nicer ride - another of the reasons why this could be considered a smart alternative to a larger Focus-class family hatchback. If you're thinking of buying in this segment, then you probably won't be considering this car as an option. But take it from us, you probably should be.
The Kia Rio is an inexpensive supermini that more than punches its weight. June Neary tries it.
My only previous acquaintance with the Kia Rio was many years ago and it's an experience I've tried to scrub from my mind. It wasn't particularly edifying. I remember a car with suspension that seemed to be made of Victoria sponge and upholstery that generated more static electricity than a Van der Graaf generator. Therefore you can understand that when I was informed that I would be running a Rio for a week, I was hardly jumping for joy. How wrong I was. When the latest fourth generation model arrived, I was very pleasantly surprised. It looked very modern, the interior styling was neat, it was well equipped and build quality immediately seemed better than the much more expensive Alfa Romeo I'd just been driving. Call me impressed.
The Rio competes against cars in the Fiesta and Corsa supermini class, so it needs to be very good to even feed at the scraps from this particular table. Fortunately it looks to have what it takes. At this point, I should confess that the Rio and I didn't get off to the most harmonious start. I reached over to put something in the boot and managed to get a carpet burn from the parcel shelf edge right across the bridge of my nose. Things had to get better after that. There's a decent amount of space in the front seat and the driver's seat and the steering wheel are multi-adjustable. The seats are firm and the rearward visibility isn't particularly good. Shorter drivers might find reversing round a corner a bit nerve-wracking. The boot isn't long but it's fairly deep and measures 325-litres in all. There's a nice soft-touch pressure pad that you use to open the tailgate and the doors all shut with a reassuring thunk. Rear seat space is more than adequate for a six-footer to sit behind a six-foot driver.
The Rio that I tried was a 1.0-litre three-cylinder T-GDI petrol variant. Although it only generated 99bhp, that's plenty for city duties and Kia has worked hard at engine refinement at low engine revs, that part of the power band you'll be using in urban areas. The 0-62mph of 10.3s promised plenty of pep and the torque figure of 171Nm means there's even more zip than the sprint figure suggests. You have to work the gearbox to extract it though. The variant I tried is capable of 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and 102g/km of CO2. I think this 1.0 T-GDI unit is a much better bet than the two older-tech 'Kappa' family petrol engines in the range, the 83bhp 1.25-litre unit that budget buyers will choose and the 98bhp 1.4-litre variant that's the only Rio powerplant you can order with automatic transmission. If you want a diesel, there are two 1.4-litre CRDi options, with a choice between 76 and 89bhp outputs. On the move, the steering is crisp and accurate, the brakes powerful and body control is very good. The ride is fairly firm in a manner that's not unlike a Volkswagen Polo. The major controls are very well planned and I particularly liked the centre-dash 7-inch touchscreen supplied on my top-spec test model, complete with navigation and a full suite of 'Kia Connected Services'. These include wi-fi options and an opportunity to link in your smartphone via either 'Apple CarPlay' or 'Android Auto'.
Kia might be positioning the Rio affordably in the supermini sector (prioces sit in the £12,000 to £17,000 bracket) but it hasn't stinted on kit. Even the base '1'-spec model gets air conditioning, auto headlights, front foglamps, LED daytime running lights and Bluetooth with music streaming, as well as powered heated mirrors, front electric windows and a four-speaker audio system with USB and Aux-in ports. Almost certainly though, you'll be wanting to at least trade up to a Rio with the mid-spec '2'-trim level that'll be recognisable by its chrome-framed front grille and 15-inch alloy wheels. Other '2'-trim features include a much nicer cabin that includes smarter upholstery, a centre console armrest and storage box, an upgraded 3.5-inch instrument binnacle screen and a 5-inch colour centre dash infotainment monitor that also includes a rear view camera. At this level, you also get cruise control with a speed limiter, power-folding mirrors, rear parking sensors and rear electric windows.
There aren't too many vehicles which are easier to live with than a Kia Rio, especially if you're the one footing the bill. True, it's not the most dynamic supermini in the sector to drive: but it is one of the better ones in the class to ride in, which is arguably more important. If Kia could complete the package with a more sophisticated engine range, then the opposition really would start to worry. As it is, the impressive 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol unit that I tried represents just a taste of what's to come.
Mr Bernard Caswell - 12/11/2018, owner of a Kia Rio 1 Air
User rating: 4/5
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