New Kia Rio Detailed Ahead Of Paris Rebut, To Go On Sale In Q1 2017

Even though Kia first announced their 2017 Rio earlier this month, details about its engine lineup, connectivity features and safety technologies have just surfaced.

Designed at multiple Kia centers on three different continents, the fourth-gen supermini is now bigger and more comfortable than ever while also broadcasting a new design with a longer bonnet, an updated tiger-nose grille, a longer front overhang and a shorter rear overhang.

Sold as a five door model in Europe, the new Rio will be available in a choice of 8 exterior colors, with three aluminum alloy wheel designs, ranging from 15″ to 17″ in size.

Inside, you’ve got the new and sportier dashboard layout, black or gray cloth seat upholstery, but also black/gray artificial leather. Those who want their Rio’s interior even flashier can go for the black with red artificial leather-trimmed seats.

Boot-space has also grown to 325 liters (11.4 cu ft), which Kia says is among the highest capacities in the segment – despite the Rio’s rear overhang being shortened by 15 mm (0.6 in). The new Rio also comes with a split-level boot floor, split-folding rear seats (as standard) and a tire mobility kit situated under the boot floor. The spare wheel, however, is an optional extra.

Powering the new Rio will be a range of petrol and diesel engines, providing high efficiency and “willing acceleration”, according to the Korean automaker.

Introduced for the first time in the upgraded Kia cee’d, the latest three-cylinder 1.0-liter T-GDI units are expected to account for the majority of Rio sales. They’re rated with either 98 HP or 118 HP, while sharing the same peak torque of 172 Nm (126 lb-ft). Alongside the T-GDI units, the Rio will also come with naturally-aspirated 1.25-liter and 1.4-liter MPI petrol engines, rated at 82 HP and 90 HP respectively, plus a 1.4-liter diesel engine with either 69 HP or 88 HP – good for just 90 g/km of CO2.

On the road, the Rio will look to offer more driver engagement with more agile and immediate handling while also providing better comfort. Thanks to the stiffer body shell, Kia’s R&D team was able to develop a more compliant suspension system with a revised spring and damper setup – thus improving compliance and comfort at all speeds. Also, the new vertical front & rear shock absorbers lead to a more linear handling and better suspension response over poor road surfaces.

In terms of safety, the new Rio is targeting a five-star Euro NCAP rating and it’s systems such as its Autonomous Emergency Braking tech with pedestrian recognition that might help it hit that mark. It also has Lane Departure Warning, an Advanced High Strength Steel body shell, 6 airbags as standard throughout the cabin as well as ISOFIX child-seat tether and anchor points for both the front and rear passenger seats.

As for connectivity, the Rio comes with full Android and Apple smartphone integration, a 7″ touchscreen infotainment & sat-nav system for well-spec’d models, plus Kia Connected Services which offer live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts, weather forecasts and so on. Also, according to Kia, the new Rio is the only car in the B-segment to be equipped with USB ports in both the front and rear of the cabin.

The 2017 Kia Rio is set to go on sale in the first quarter of 2017, featuring the company’s unique 7-year, 100,000 mile warranty as standard.


  • SteersUright

    As a big Golf/Gti fan, this thing is a major missed opportunity for me. Ugly, boring, stale design that already looks like a 10 yr old car. Try again.

  • jfalckt

    Definite improvement, although having said that I haven’t one recollection of what the last one looked like.

    • Grumpy

      Much sharper than last gen.
      Last gen looked like a bubble.

      • Edumcris

        I wanted to buy one of these, loved the design and the Kia warranty. But they ride too harsh, and the fuel economy is bad for such a small car.

        • Grumpy

          I’ve been on rentals for the last 3 weeks and i preferred the new Elantra over the optima. Last gen Elantra was way to soft and bouncy, and they kind of fixed that issue with the new one. I hope with new kia models they fix that harshness.

        • Grumpy

          Also discovered the reason they get bad fuel economy. Lack of power means you spend more time at high rpm in even the slightest acceleration. On the highway while cruising, there isn’t much of a difference, but in the city and accelerating, compact have more accessible power at low rpm. I averaged 30mpg 70/30 (city highway with elantra, and on the accent managed to muster an average 25 with same city/highway. I put roughly 500 miles each week Currently on an Optima and so far it’s been doing 24.5 average with around 350 miles same city/highway.

  • fabri99

    I like it, but it looks a lot like the old model. I’d see a sporty version of this car, the looks could fit a GT treatment.

  • Enter Ranting

    You know there’s a problem when the gauges in a Kia Rio are a million times better than those in a Cadillac ATS.

  • I think it looks very handsome however I’m kinda ‘eh’ about the interior. The interior doesn’t look bad but kinda boring.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Nice but too conservative for a KIA.

  • Edumcris

    In my opinion the previous generation looked much better. Although I am a Golf fun, this generation looks boring and older than the previous one. However, the interior looks very nice, and is clearly roomier.
    Weird that Kias now look conservative, and Toyotas polarizing…

  • Evo45

    1.25 liter engine is from Ford? What would you do with that engine exactly?

  • roundthings

    Hate the floating screen look, enough with that already

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