The new Kia Rio is available to order now in three door guise
for the first time in its history.
The line-up of ultra-efficient
engines, easy-to-understand trim levels and external dimensions
from the five door, that went on sale in September last year,
are carried over to Rio 3-door. A striking coupι-like side
profile and a £600 saving, compared to equivalent five door
models, add to Kias already appealing B-segment hatchback.
Rio3-door is available with a choice of
four engines two petrol and two diesel that are carried over unchanged
from the five door version. The highly efficient and much acclaimed 1.1
CRDi delivers sprightly performance from its 74bhp and 170Nm of torque
available from a mere 1,500rpm and all versions deliver CO2
emissions of 99g/km or below and fuel economy of at least 74.3mpg.
EcoDynamics technologies, such as
Intelligent Stop & Go, will be a standard feature with all new Rio
diesels, including the 1.4-litre models. The 1.4 CRDi is a four-cylinder
diesel engine from the same U2 family as the 1.1. It develops 89bhp and
220Nm of torque. Economy and emissions figures are 70.6mpg combined and
just 105 g/km of CO2.
There are also two petrol engines in
the new Rio. The entry-level unit is the 1.25-litre Kappa engine which
made its debut in Kias smallest car, the new Picanto. This engine
develops 83bhp and 121Nm of torque. The new Rio is also available with
Kias 1.4-litre Gamma engine, developing 107bhp and 137Nm of torque. It
also offers buyers the convenience of an automatic gearbox as an option
to the standard manual.
All petrol manual versions of the new
Rio comfortably exceed 50mpg, with CO2 emissions below the
EUs 2012 corporate average target of 130g/km. Even the 1.4-litre
automatic version of the Rio is capable of 44.1mpg in mixed driving.
Four trim grades with a high
Rio 3-door is offered in the same four
easily understood trim grades badged 1, 1 Air, 2 and 3 as
the five door version.
Even on entry level 1, standard
features include daytime running lights, body-coloured bumpers, door
handles and door mirrors, speed-variable front wipers, headlamp
levelling, front electric windows, 15-inch steel wheels, a
height-adjustable drivers seat, two-way steering column adjustment on
the petrol model (height-adjustable only on the entry level diesel), a
tachometer and trip computer, split folding rear seats, a boot light, a
12-volt power socket and an MP3-compatible RDS radio and CD player with
USB and AUX ports. Bluetooth is also standard on the petrol entry
model, and on all versions with other trim grades.
The 1 Air grade is for buyers who
want the comfort of air conditioning without upgrading to level 2.
The 2 is distinguished by 16-inch
alloy wheels, front fog lights and a chrome radiator grille surround.
Inside, there is premium black cloth upholstery, a cooling glovebox,
electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors with side
repeaters, leather trim on the steering wheel and gearshift and a centre
The luxurious level 3 specification
adds 17-inch alloys with low-profile tyres, LED daytime running and rear
combination lamps, automatic air conditioning with auto de-fog, rain
sensing wipers, cruise control, automatic projection-type headlights,
heated front seats and six speakers instead of four.
And every new Rio, as with all Kias, is
covered by the best warranty in the business, extending to seven years
or 100,000 miles on parts and labour, excluding wear and tear items and
subject to certain conditions.
Insurance ratings are very low as low
as group three for the 1.1 CRDi versions. The 1.25-litre versions are
in group five whilst the 1.4-litre petrol and CRDi versions are still
only in group eight.
Democracy in safety
In terms of safety all Rio models enjoy
exactly the same standard safety specification. The package includes
the potentially life-saving features of electronic stability control
(ESC), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist
(EBA) in addition to emergency stop signalling (ESS).
The new Rio also includes the helpful
feature of Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car
momentarily rolling backwards when pulling away up steep gradients
Should an accident be unavoidable, the
new Rio has a stiff body shell featuring front and rear crumple zones
that absorb and dissipate crash energy to minimise the risk of injury to
occupants as well as twin front, side and curtain airbags and seat belt
pre-tensioners with load limiters for the front occupants.
Kia Care-3: Great value
First introduced on the recently
launched Picanto, Rio 5-door and all-new Optima, Kias Care-3 all
inclusive national servicing package is also available on the new Rio
3-door. The Rios service intervals are 12 months or 10,000 miles
across all four engines.
The Care-3 package is just £259
including VAT, which covers the first three services - either 36 months
or 30,000 miles or the Care-3 Plus package is just £499 including VAT
which covers the first five services - either 60 months or 50,000 miles.
These packages are not just excellent
value for money, they offer a fixed cost and inflation proof servicing
for the full three or five years. All work will be carried out by
trained product technicians, using genuine Kia replacement parts and
The Care-3 and Care-3 Plus package
stays with the car, so is fully transferable to another customer. If a
second owner would like the five year service package - on a vehicle
with a Care-3 package, the new owner can top-up this package to cover
the next two years.
The UK Rio 3-door model line-up
1 Air EcoDynamics
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