Kia unveils refreshed Rio

Kia’s stylish Rio supermini has been given a facelift for the new year, complete with new trim options, revised looks and an upgraded standard equipment list.

First introduced in 2012, the third-generation Rio has been given an update under the watchful eye of Kia’s chief designer Peter Schreyer, complete with a new slicked back and slimline profile.

New front and rear bumpers give the Rio a sportier aesthetic for the new year, while other exterior revisions include a lowered air intake and redesigned front fog light housings.

Above the headlamp units features a new slimmer version of the Schreyer-designed tiger nose grille which has now become a common and recognised feature on all new Kia models.

Interior updates

The interior has likewise seen an update, with a new fit and finish which includes smart high-gloss black embellishments on the centre console, and a chrome handbrake button.

Entry-level trim upgrades come with a new black cloth upholstery, while mid-range models come with a premium version of the cloth upholstery. The range-topping Rio trim, meanwhile, gets black leather.

Kia has stated that the long wheelbase and new interior gives excellent legroom and space for passengers, while a 288-litre boot is complemented by bespoke storage bins across the cabin.

Touchscreen satnav

New equipment includes the addition of DAB digital radio across all trim levels, plus a seven-inch touchscreen satnav system on the higher trim levels that features an integrated reversing camera.

Even the basic models now benefit from electrically-adjustable heated door mirrors, while all trim levels also get a tyre pressure monitoring system as standard, which warns drivers of punctures.

Other standard kit includes daytime running lights, a trip computer and Bluetooth connectivity, while mid-ranged models get 16-inch alloy wheels and a cooled glovebox.

The premium Rio models get 17-inch alloys, privacy glass and automatic air conditioning, plus heated steering wheels front seats, a sliding sunroof and an engine stop-start button.

Safety kit

Kia has also ‘democratised’ its range of safety equipment, making its full range of extensive safety kit available on all trim levels, which includes hill start assist and an emergency signalling function.

A four-strong engine lineup has been carried over from the previous model, ranging from a 74bhp 1.1-litre diesel to a 107bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit.

Fuel economy clocks in at up to 88.9mpg with CO2 emissions of just 86g/km on the entry-level 1.1-litre diesel, while all of the engines exceed at least 50mpg with CO2 emissions below 130g/km.

Prices have yet to be confirmed but will reportedly start from around £10,000, while each new Rio will also benefit from Kia’s seven year warranty