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KIA RIO HATCHBACK

1.25 1 5dr

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Optional Extras

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Petrol
Co2
Co2 128.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Manual
Top Speed
Top Speed 108mph

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Driver Convenience

  • 3.8" monochrome audio display
  • Digital clock
  • Electric power steering
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Gear selection indicator
  • Outside temperature display
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Windscreen washer level indicator

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers
  • Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Front USB for media connection
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

  • 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
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Front and rear electric windows with drivers's auto up/down function
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Heated rear window
  • Multi reflector headlights
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Speed variable front wipers
  • Tinted glass
  • Welcome home function

Interior Features

  • 12V power point front
  • 3 passenger assist grips
  • 60/40 split/folding 2nd row of seats
  • Air conditioning
  • All round height adjustable headrests
  • Dash illumination dimmer switch
  • Driver's seat height adjuster
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Front and rear door map pockets with bottle holder
  • Front passenger seatback pockets
  • ISOFIX top tethers and lower anchor points
  • Load area light
  • Luggage area parcel shelf
  • Luggage hooks
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Silver interior door handles
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
  • Woven cloth upholstery

Safety

  • 3-point front seatbelts
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
  • Cornering brake control (CBC) and Straight line stability (SLS)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) and vehicle stability management (VSM)
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelt anchors
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Traction control
  • Twin Curtain Airbags
  • Twin front airbags
  • Twin front side airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Deadlocking system
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Remote central door and tailgate locking with fold-away key
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • Visible vehicle identification number

Technical

  • Intelligent Stop and Go

Trim

  • Silver fascia trim

Wheels

  • 15" steel wheels with full wheel covers
  • Tyre mobility system

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.327
  • HC
    0.038
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.014
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    128

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 Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    5 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    53.3

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.25
  • Badge Power
    83
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    1
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    4E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    5
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • 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
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 60 mph (secs)
    12.7
  • 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
    108

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

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 Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1450
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4065
  • Wheelbase
    2580
  • Width
    1725
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1993

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    45
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1570
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1103
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    325
  • Max. Loading Weight
    427
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    910
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1143
  • No. of Seats
    5

The Kia Rio is an inexpensive supermini that more than punches its weight. June Neary tries it.

Will It Suit Me?

My only previous acquaintance with the Kia Rio was many years ago and it's an experience I've tried to scrub from my mind. It wasn't particularly edifying. I remember a car with suspension that seemed to be made of Victoria sponge and upholstery that generated more static electricity than a Van der Graaf generator. Therefore you can understand that when I was informed that I would be running a Rio for a week, I was hardly jumping for joy. How wrong I was. When the latest fourth generation model arrived, I was very pleasantly surprised. It looked very modern, the interior styling was neat, it was well equipped and build quality immediately seemed better than the much more expensive Alfa Romeo I'd just been driving. Call me impressed.

Practicalities

The Rio competes against cars in the Fiesta and Corsa supermini class, so it needs to be very good to even feed at the scraps from this particular table. Fortunately it looks to have what it takes. At this point, I should confess that the Rio and I didn't get off to the most harmonious start. I reached over to put something in the boot and managed to get a carpet burn from the parcel shelf edge right across the bridge of my nose. Things had to get better after that. There's a decent amount of space in the front seat and the driver's seat and the steering wheel are multi-adjustable. The seats are firm and the rearward visibility isn't particularly good. Shorter drivers might find reversing round a corner a bit nerve-wracking. The boot isn't long but it's fairly deep and measures 325-litres in all. There's a nice soft-touch pressure pad that you use to open the tailgate and the doors all shut with a reassuring thunk. Rear seat space is more than adequate for a six-footer to sit behind a six-foot driver.

Behind the Wheel

The Rio that I tried was a 1.0-litre three-cylinder T-GDI petrol variant. Although it only generated 99bhp, that's plenty for city duties and Kia has worked hard at engine refinement at low engine revs, that part of the power band you'll be using in urban areas. The 0-62mph of 10.3s promised plenty of pep and the torque figure of 171Nm means there's even more zip than the sprint figure suggests. You have to work the gearbox to extract it though. The variant I tried is capable of 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and 102g/km of CO2. I think this 1.0 T-GDI unit is a much better bet than the two older-tech 'Kappa' family petrol engines in the range, the 83bhp 1.25-litre unit that budget buyers will choose and the 98bhp 1.4-litre variant that's the only Rio powerplant you can order with automatic transmission. If you want a diesel, there are two 1.4-litre CRDi options, with a choice between 76 and 89bhp outputs. On the move, the steering is crisp and accurate, the brakes powerful and body control is very good. The ride is fairly firm in a manner that's not unlike a Volkswagen Polo. The major controls are very well planned and I particularly liked the centre-dash 7-inch touchscreen supplied on my top-spec test model, complete with navigation and a full suite of 'Kia Connected Services'. These include wi-fi options and an opportunity to link in your smartphone via either 'Apple CarPlay' or 'Android Auto'.

Value For Money

Kia might be positioning the Rio affordably in the supermini sector (prioces sit in the £12,000 to £17,000 bracket) but it hasn't stinted on kit. Even the base '1'-spec model gets air conditioning, auto headlights, front foglamps, LED daytime running lights and Bluetooth with music streaming, as well as powered heated mirrors, front electric windows and a four-speaker audio system with USB and Aux-in ports. Almost certainly though, you'll be wanting to at least trade up to a Rio with the mid-spec '2'-trim level that'll be recognisable by its chrome-framed front grille and 15-inch alloy wheels. Other '2'-trim features include a much nicer cabin that includes smarter upholstery, a centre console armrest and storage box, an upgraded 3.5-inch instrument binnacle screen and a 5-inch colour centre dash infotainment monitor that also includes a rear view camera. At this level, you also get cruise control with a speed limiter, power-folding mirrors, rear parking sensors and rear electric windows.

Could I Live With One?

There aren't too many vehicles which are easier to live with than a Kia Rio, especially if you're the one footing the bill. True, it's not the most dynamic supermini in the sector to drive: but it is one of the better ones in the class to ride in, which is arguably more important. If Kia could complete the package with a more sophisticated engine range, then the opposition really would start to worry. As it is, the impressive 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol unit that I tried represents just a taste of what's to come.

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