New 2011 Kia Rio tops green charts

The new Kia Rio hatchback, the updated small car from Kia set to be launched in September in time for the new 61 plates, delivers just 85g/km of CO2 emissions from its smallest engine, a 1.1-litre diesel.

In recognition of its low CO2 emissions, the new Kia Rio is one of three Kia cars to be awarded an environmental certificate from TUV Nord, a technical inspection organisation, based on the car’s exhaust emissions, recyclable parts and choice of materials.

Two other cars, the new Kia Picanto and new Kia Optima saloons, were also included in the accredition.

Benny Oeyen, Vice President Marketing and Product Planning, said: “Kia is deeply committed to minimising its vehicles’ impact on the environment, and this latest honour follows similar accreditations for the striking new Sportage and for our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Zilina.”

However, the most impressive model is the Rio, which is the best performing model in the supermini class in terms of CO2 emissions and fuel economy -which is expected to be close to 90mpg.

A larger 1.4-litre diesel engine also delivers sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions in the new Kia Rio, meaning all diesel variations will be exempt from the London congestion charge.

The choice of engine is completed by a 1.25-litre Kappa or 1.4-litre Gamma petrol option when the range goes on sale in the UK.

Initially available as a five-door model (a three-door version will arrive in Spring 2012), the Kia Rio also boasts the stylish new exterior design from ex-Audi man Peter Schreyer, designs which have proved a hit on the likes of the Sportage crossover and Picanto city car in recent months.

As with all Kia cars, the new Kia Rio will be available with the industry-leading seven year, 100,000-mile warranty.