At the entry level is Kia’s well-known 1.2-litre Kappa engine, which generates 65kW at 6 000r/min and 120Nm of torque at
4 000r/min, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Kia’s advanced “Kappa” family of engines feature dual CVVT (continuously variable valve timing), with a cast aluminium block, offset crankshaft, maintenance-free timing chain and low-friction “beehive” valve springs.
These technologies significantly improve efficiency and reduce exhaust emissions. Acceleration to 100km/h takes 13.1 seconds and top speed is 168km/h.
The 1.4 Gamma engine features friction-reducing modifications and dual CVVT to achieve a responsive performance and competitively modest fuel consumption. With maximum output of 79kW at 6 300r/min and peak torque of 135Nm at 4 200r/min, the Rio 1.4 6-speed manual model accelerates to 100km/h in 11.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 183km/h. A 4-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.
As with the original, there are subtle differences between the front-end design of the hatch and sedan, with the most notable difference being the design of the grille and bumper: the hatchback features a sportier design with lower air intakes and front fog lights, while the sedan has a more stylish and integrated design. A new rear bumper on the hatchback completes the makeover.
Exterior dimensions and body styles remain unaltered, but three new alloy wheel designs have been added to the line-up to refresh the Rio’s profile – most notably on the range-topping 1.4 TEC. A new paint finish – Urban Blue – has been added to the colour line-up.
Highly regarded for its stylish and roomy interior, updates to the Rio’s interior have been limited to upgraded materials and trims. The cabin is brightened by the addition of chrome accents around the four dashboard air-vents, while a newly designed centre-stack around the audio system features piano-black trim for a premium look and feel.
The Kia brand has become renowned for vehicles of exceptional design and quality, but above all notable value for money and competitive pricing. Kia’s class-leading 5-year/150 000km warranty remains standard, as does a 4-year/60 000km service plan.