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Kia Rio

By Neil Thomason
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 10:40

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Kia’s stylish supermini, the Rio, now benefits from a package of design, trim and specification upgrades which make it even more the car of choice for buyers looking for style, quality and value in a compact package. The changes were revealed at the Paris Motor Show in the autumn of 2014.

Redesigned front and rear bumpers have given the Rio a sharper, sportier appearance; changes to the upholstery of most models and to the centre fascia trim have raised perceived quality to new heights while new items like touchscreen satellite navigation, electrically adjusted and heated door mirrors, a DAB digital radio, tyre pressure monitoring and a luggage net and undertray – depending on model – add to the well-being and convenience of owners.

A striking new Urban Blue colour option, replacing Electric Blue, is available on second- and third-tier models, and there are distinctive new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels for all but the two entry-level grades. The 16-inch wheels on grade 2 wear 195/55 R 16 tyres, while the 17-inch rims on level 3 and 4 models are shod with 205/45 R 17 rubber.

The new Rio is offered in a total of 19 versions based on three- and five-door body styles, five trim grades (1, 1 Air, 2, 3 and 4) and four engines. Most manual versions have Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG), Kia’s fuel-saving, emissions-reducing engine stop/start system, which contributes towards the 1.1-litre diesel model achieving an official fuel economy figure of up to 88.3mpg – better than any non-electric car on sale in the UK, including hybrids and eco specials, at the time of its introduction in the car. For the convenience of buyers who spend a lot of time driving in cities or who have disabilities, automatic transmission is offered with the 1.4-litre petrol engine.

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