Approximately one month ago Kia revealed the price list for the 2012 Rio hatchback and this week they’ve published the same information about its sedan sibling which costs from $14,150, including the $750 destination fee. This means that the sedan is $200 more affordable than the hatchback if you opt for the entry-level model that comes with a manual transmission. If changing gears is not your thing, you can opt for the automatic gearbox version that will set you back at least $15,250.
The 2012 Kia Rio Sedan can be ordered in one of the three trim levels available: LX, EX and SX, all of them which are powered by the same 1.6-liter GDI, 4-cylinder engine that outputs 138 hp. This engine is linked as standard to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic.
According to the estimations made by EPA, the car is able to return 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Next year, the automaker will implement the Idle Stop and Go system which should be able to improve fuel efficiency.
Some of the standard features of the car include electric power steering, air conditioning, SiriusXM satellite radio with three months of complimentary service, MP3 audio system with USB and AUX, along with ESC, ABS, Vehicle Stability Management and Hill-start Assist Control.
The high-end Rio Sedan EX is available starting with $18,250 and comes with extra goodies like LED front accents and taillights, metal pedals, a steering wheel and shift knob wrapped around in leather, bespoke meter cluster, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, power-folding mirrors, along with a voice-activated infotainment system that has a rear view camera.
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The five-door version of the U.S.-spec Kia Rio was unveiled earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show along with its 4-door sedan sibling. The hatchback is going to have a starting price in the United States of $13,600, without taking into consideration the $750 destination & handling charge. For this money you’ll get the model fitted with the manual gearbox. If you don’t want to change gears, the automatic transmission model starts from $15,450 (including fees). The top-spec SX will set you back $18,750 (including fees).
The U.S.-spec Kia Rio is available in three trim levels: entry-level LX, mid-level EX and the aforementioned high-end SX. The cheapest one will have electric power steering, air conditioning, audio system with USB + SiriusXM satellite radio, ESC – Electronic Stability Control, HAC – Hill-start Assist Control, VSM – Vehicle Stability Management and ABS.
Regardless of the trim level, all the Rios get a 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp and manage to return 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. An optional feature for the Rio is the ISG start/stop technology that improves fuel economy in the city to 31 mpg while on the highway the figure remains the same.
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The Korean automaker Kia showcases this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show its 3-door version of the all-new Rio model. Just like its more practical brother, this one has been created primarily with the European consumer in mind. It has the exact same dimensions as the 5-door model, measuring 4,045 mm long, 1,720 mm wide and it is 1,455 mm tall, while the wheelbase is 2,570 mm.
In most of the markets where the car will be launched, it will share the same engines and equipment as the 5-door version. Clients will get to choose from one of the four 3- and 4-cylinder engines that produce between 75 and 109 hp. With the most powerful engine in the lineup, the 3-door Kia Rio will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 11.5 seconds, en route to a maximum speed of 114 mph (183 km/h).
The most frugal model will be the one fitted with the EcoDynamics diesel engine that will be capable of returning 73.5 mpg (88.2 mpg UK or 3.2 liters / 100 km) and CO2 emissions of only 85 g/km.
Kia said that the new 3-door version will account for approximately a quarter of all the Rios sold in Europe.
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Set to go on sale in the UK next month, the fourth generation of the Kia Rio has a starting price of 10,595 pounds for the 1.25 “1” model while the top-spec 1.4 CRDi “3” EcoDynamics will set you back at least 14,895 pounds. At first, the car will be available in only a 5-door configuration but in the beginning of next year a 3-door variant will be launched.
The car will have to face some serious competition coming from the Fiat Punto EVO, the Vauxhall Corsa and the Ford Fiesta, but I’m sure that it will do one hello a job thanks to its very good price tag and great looks.
UK customers will be able to choose from one of the four engines that are going to be available, two gasoline units and another two which will run on Devil’s fuel. The smallest gasoline engine is a 1.25-liter Kappa unit that produces 83 hp and a peak torque of 121 Nm, while the beefier 1.4-liter Gamma engine unleashes 107 hp and 137 Nm of torque.
The first diesel available is a tiny 1.1-liter CRDi with 74 hp and a peak torque of 170 Nm, an engine that manages to return up to 88.3 mpg UK. The other one, a 1.4-liter CRDi unit generates 89 hp and 220 Nm and returns up to 70.6 mpg UK. These two diesel models will be equipped with the company’s EcoDynamics package of fuel-saving technologies, like the low rolling resistance tires, stop/go system, gearshift indicator, drag-reducing front grille and a rear spoiler.
The 2012 Kia Rio will be available in three trim levels, starting with the entry-level “1” model that will feature a height-adjustable driver’s seat, front electric windows, trip computer, two-way steering column adjustment (only for the gasoline versions, while the diesels get height-adjustable only), split folding rear seats, Bluetooth (gasoline models only) and RDS radio with CD player, AUX and USB ports, with support for MP3 files.
If you opt for the “1 Air” you get AC, while the mid-range “2” variants come with bigger 16-incy alloy wheels, chrome radiator grill surround, front fog lights, a bespoke interior trim, cooling glove box, rear electric windows, electrically-adjustable heated & folding door mirrors with side repeaters, a center console armrest, while the gearshift and the steering wheel will be wrapped around in leather.
The top-spec “3” will come with 17-inch alloys that have low-profile tires, automatic AC, LED daytime running lights & rear combination lamps, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, six speakers and heated front seats.
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Kia Considering Hot-Hatch Rio
Kia is working on improving its brand image in Europe and for this reason they will probably launch a hot-hatch version of the recently announced Rio model that had its public debut at the beginning of this month in Geneva. According to Benny Oeyen who is Kia’s marketing and product planning chief “a helpful car for us would a hot hatch, cabrio or coupe.”
A hot hatch version of the Rio is the most likely option in the short term taking into consideration the popularity of this segment in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom The new Rio that we’ve seen in Geneva had some sporty finishes, including those generous alloy wheels. Oeyen said that “I can imagine sporty Kia in Europe; we have to develop the brand.”
The fourth generation of the Rio will be UK’s most fuel efficient and lowest CO2-emitting vehicle when it will hit the dealerships this September. The car will be available with a 3-cylinder 1.1-liter turbodiesel power unit that will be able to do 73 US mpg and CO2 emissions of only 85 g/km.
The model fitted with this engine will wear the Ecodynamics badge, and it will offer 81 hp and 69 lb.-ft of torque, making the Rio the most efficient and cleanest car on sale, taking down the current leader which is the Smart ForTwo diesel (70 mpg and 86 g/km).
There will be other engines available, like a 1.2-liter and a 1.4-liter gas engine, along with a 1.4-liter turbodiesel power plant. All of them will have CO2 emissions of less than 114 g/km. The basic price for the Kia Rio in UK will be 10,000 pounds.
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The previous generations of the Kia Rio were very boring, but the fourth one that was just unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show looks very cool, just like the rest of the automaker’s lineup. The new model is longer, wider, lower and looks ten times better. Thanks to the fact that it has grown in size, the Rio can now offer more space, more comfort and more storage capacity.
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First of all I’d like to say that Peter Schreyer is my favorite car designer as he is responsible for the looks of the original Audi TT. In 2006 he was hired by Kia and his latest work for the company would have to be the Rio hatchback which looks awesome; it has nothing in common with the outgoing generation that let’s face it, has a very boring design.
The Korean automaker Kia decided to reveal the Rio prior to its official debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Born in the design center based in Frankfurt, Germany, the all-new Rio got the company’s now signature grille along with those very cool-looking headlamps that give the car a fresh new and attractive look.
In comparison with the outgoing model, the wheelbase of the new model has been extended by 2.8 inches, reaching 101. The hatchback’s cargo capacity has also increased to 10.3 cubic-feet while the sedan version will offer 13.8 cubic-feet for you to store your belongings. Needless to say that thanks to the increase of the wheelbase the new Rio will offer more room for the passengers.
The car will be available with a selection of six power units, starting from the entry-level 1.1-liter diesel engine that outputs 70 hp (for the European market), up to the 1.6-liter direct injection power unit that will produce 138 hp (U.S. market).
The 3-door / 5-door hatchback along with the sedan version will be launched in the second half of 2011. Stay tuned for more info about the car after its official debut next month at Geneva.
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