UK debut for new Kia Rio

The EcoVelocity show at Battersea Power Station will focus on the latest electric and hybrid cars, but Kia is bucking the trend with its new eco-friendly diesel hatchback.

The new Kia Rio not only boasts updated styling courtesy of the hugely popular design chief Peter Schreyer, it also includes a new diesel engine that delivers exemption from the London congestion charge due to its low level of CO2 emissions.

At just 85g/km of CO2 emissions, the new 1.1-litre diesel engine will also fall in Band A of UK road tax – effectively making it exempt (although the car will still need to be registered).

The new Kia Rio should feel at home amongst the small city cars and frugal alternative fuel vehicles due to its high fuel economy figure of 88.3mpg, which is one of the highest in the supermini segment.

The figure is achieved through the use of fuel-saving technology such as low-rolling resistance tyres and a more aerodynamic design to reduce air resistance when the car is in motion.

While the environmental credentials of the new Kia Rio will be the main focus at the EcoVelocity show, the hatchback also features the attractive styling seen in the Kia Picanto and Kia Sportage, particularly in the front end, where the no familiar grille and ‘tiger face’ are evident.

It also boasts an upgrade to the interior, bringing the car more in line with popular rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.

However, Kia has retained its value for money philosophy with the new Rio, which starts from just £8,000 and comes with the industry-leading seven year100,000 mile warranty offered with all new Kia cars.