First time buyers or those needing a low-cost, economical second car should look here
Rio has shaken-off the radical styling of it predecessors and today presents a dynamic, good-looking and comprehensively equipped small car.
Available in both sedan and hatchback models, powered by a choice of 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre engines and priced from just $14,990, Kia Rio presents serious credentials especially for those who would often buy used vehicles - first-time car buyers or those requiring a low-cost second vehicle in their garage. Unlike used cars, all new Kia vehicles come with the peace-of mind afforded by a full five-year factory warranty.
Under the bonnet, Kia’s 1.6-litre DOHC engine delivers 82kW of power at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 145Nm at 4,500rpm. This modern engine also features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) which adjusts valve timing according to different engine loads to provide enhanced performance and fuel economy.
The 1.4-litre powerplant delivers 70kW of power and 125Nm of torque.
Value-for-money is a Rio standout – including standard air-conditioning, , central locking and dual front airbags. High-spec EX models gain the 1.6-litre engine, ABS anti-lock brakes and some extra features.
We like the look of the Rio – it’s contemporary without polarizing, clean without being boring.
Inside, it’s the same story. Rio is practical, comfortable (Kia says best-in-class interior space) and offers a quality feel to materials – an aspect not normally associated with vehicles in this market segment.
And if you still harbour old-world thinking about Korean cars, safety and quality – think again. Kia now has design and R&D facilities in Germany and North America to ensure the company has the best chance of success in those crucial European and American markets.
Kia’s Australian operation is now wholly-owned by the parent company who rates its sponsorship of the Australian Open tennis as one its most important global strategies.