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Kia RIO HATCHBACK 1.25 1 5dr

Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
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Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr
Kia RIO 1.25 1 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG58.80
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed107 mph
  • C02109 g/km
  • BHP83
  • Torque90 lbs/f
  • P11D22%

Review

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.

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The fourth generation version of Kia's Rio supermini has been rejuvenated. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

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.

Driving Experience

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 brand's latest 'Smartstream' 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engine. The unit comes in both 100 and 120PS forms, with both variants featuring 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 100PS 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 1.2-litre pertrol engine, with innovative Dual Port Injection technology and a power output of 84PS. 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.

Design and Build

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.

Market and Model

Rio pricing hasn't changed too much, so as before, this car sits in the £13,000 to £19,000 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 mainly based around '1', '2' 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).

Cost of Ownership

Kia's 'EcoDynamics+' mild hybrid system which features in the MHEV 1.0 T-GDI models 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. Even the conventional 1.0 T-GDI petrol engine should certainly prove to be very frugal. This 100PS unit manages 48.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 132g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. 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.

Summary

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.

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Driver Convenience
Instrument cluster- 3.5" Monochrome TFT Display
Digital clock
Electric power steering
Emergency stop signalling system
Gear selection indicator
Outside temperature display
Tachometer
Trip computer
Windscreen washer level indicator
Exterior Features
Solid paint
Aeroblade-type front wipers
Automatic lighting control
Black grille with silver surround
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body coloured door mirrors
Daytime running lights
Electric front windows + drivers one touch
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Headlamp levelling
Heated rear window
Multi reflector headlights
Rear fog lamp
Rear wash/wipe
Tinted glass
Variable front intermittent wipers with mist function
Welcome home function
Entertainment
4 speakers
Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
USB and auxiliary socket
Interior Features
12V power point front
3 passenger grab handles
60/40 split/folding 2nd row of seats
Air conditioning
Door pockets with bottle holder
Driver's seat height adjuster
Driver/passenger front seatback pockets
Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
Height adjustable headrests
ISOFIX top tethers and lower anchor points
Load area light
Luggage area parcel shelf
Luggage hooks
Overhead console with sunglasses holder
Rheostat dimmer switch
Silver interior door handles
Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Woven cloth upholstery
Safety
3-point front seatbelts
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS/EBD
Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
Cornering brake control
Curtain airbags
Driver and passenger airbags
ESC + BAS + VSM + HAC
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
Front side airbags
Height adjustable front seatbelt anchors
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Rear child proof door locks
Seatbelt warning
Traction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Anti theft alarm
Deadlocking system
Engine immobiliser
Folding key
Remote central door locking
Speed sensitive auto door locking
Technical
Intelligent Stop and Go
Trim
Silver fascia trim
Wheels
15" steel wheels with full wheel covers
Tyre mobility system
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.469
CO2 (g/km) 125
HC 0.027
Noise Level dB(A) 71
NOx 0.019
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 139
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1248
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 71
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 78.8
Engine Code G3LC-6D
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 51.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 57.6
EC Urban (mpg) 43.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 42.8
WLTP - MPG - High 53.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium 48.7
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.25
Badge Power 83
Coin Series 1
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 6E
Manufacturers 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
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
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
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs) 12.5
Engine Power - BHP 83
Engine Power - KW 62
Engine Power - RPM 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 90
Engine Torque - MKG 12.4
Engine Torque - NM 122
Engine Torque - RPM 4000
Top Speed 107
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? No
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 185/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear 185/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 15" STEEL
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1450
Length 4065
Wheelbase 2580
Width 1725
Width (including mirrors) 1993
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 45
Gross Vehicle Weight 1560
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1103
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 325
Max. Loading Weight 450
Max. Roof Load 70
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 910
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 450
Minimum Kerbweight 1110
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.5

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £169.38 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £193.34 p/m £9.51 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £196.79 p/m £9.66 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £205.22 p/m £18.68 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £195.72 p/m £38.96 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £204.63 p/m £50.45 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £212.10 p/m £59.15 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £147.00 p/m £14.57 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £158.46 p/m £13.71 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £151.43 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £162.35 p/m Call Us
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £170.03 p/m £44.09 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £177.40 p/m £54.92 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £184.87 p/m £66.95 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £131.93 p/m £19.58 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £135.09 p/m £22.21 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £138.26 p/m £24.84 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £146.52 p/m £36.04 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £154.10 p/m £49.27 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £159.74 p/m £61.35 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £165.75 p/m £75.40 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £203.25 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £208.56 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £236.15 p/m £11.59 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £246.26 p/m £22.41 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £234.86 p/m £46.76 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £245.55 p/m £60.54 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £254.52 p/m £70.99 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £176.41 p/m £17.48 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £190.15 p/m £16.45 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £194.32 p/m £18.27 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £205.09 p/m £28.25 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £204.03 p/m £52.91 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £212.89 p/m £65.91 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £221.84 p/m £80.34 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £158.32 p/m £23.49 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £162.11 p/m £26.65 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £165.92 p/m £29.81 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £175.82 p/m £43.25 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £184.92 p/m £59.13 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £191.68 p/m £73.62 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £198.89 p/m £90.48 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Annual Mileage
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £535.00
Special paint £260.00
Packs
Advanced driver assistance pack - Rio £350.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Blaze red £535.00
Metallic - Midnight black £535.00
Metallic - Smoky blues £535.00
Solid - Sienna brown FOC
Special - Clear white £260.00
Trim
Woven cloth - Black FOC
* option prices shown are estimated