2019 Electric Audi SUV

Online Reservations Open For 2019 Audi Electric SUV

An Audi electric SUV based on the Audi e-tron quattro concept will go on sale in Ireland in 2019. It's the brand's first fully electric model.

According to Audi, the sporty SUV will combine "the space and comfort of a typical large, luxury model with a range suitable for everyday use and for longer journeys".

The new electric Audi SUV will have seating for five, a range of up to 500 kilometres (NEDC) and a charging capacity of 150 kW in just under 30 minutes.

Audi Ireland has already opened an online pre-registration tool where customers can leave a refundable €2,000 deposit to be one of the first to order this electric SUV ahead of delivery in early 2019.

Audi and IONITY e-mobility alliance

Buyers of the new Audi SUV will be able to avail of the IONITY fast-charging network.

Audi, along with BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group have announced the formation of an e-mobility alliance to collectively spearhead the creation and implementation of a fast-charging network in six key sites across Ireland.

Ionity’s main site partner, Topaz, will facilitate five out of the six strategic sites and will have a total of over 30 charging points in service areas on major transit routes.

The majority of the charging stations are set to be available in advance of the market introduction of the Audi’s new electric SUV.

Audi customers will be able to avail of an exclusive ‘e-tron Charging Service’ offering premium access to a network of circa 45,000 charging stations across Europe. This ever-expanding network includes AC and DC chargers as well as those units that form part of the Ionity partnership.

2019 Electric Audi SUV
Audi's Irish customers can place a €2000 deposit online for the new electric Audi SUV

Commenting on the announcement Henning Dohrn, Brand Director, Audi Ireland said, “We’ve reached a real milestone moment with this announcement as it’s the first time we will launch a fully electric model, to the Irish market.  It is a hugely exciting time for Audi and our customers because we are not only unveiling a state- of- the- art BEV model, but also the wider infrastructure to support it through our JV.  This will ensure the necessary infrastructure will be in place to support the future needs of customers across Ireland”

For more information on how to secure guaranteed access to priority ordering and to be among the first to place an order at the end of this year visit www.audi.ie

Customers will need to place a refundable deposit of €2,000 which will be off set against the purchase price. Model pricing will be announced later this year.


Ford Edge ST-Line

Ford Completes Sporty ST-Line Range In Ireland With New Models

Ford Ireland has completed its new ST-Line range of models inspired by Ford Performance vehicles.

ST-Line is now available across the Ford Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo, EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and S-MAX ranges.

These models feature sportier styling and enhanced sporty driving dynamics. All Ford ST-Line models come with sport suspension, unique body kits and alloy wheel designs, sport seats, sports steering wheel and special interior details.

Both EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel engine options feature in the ST-Line range including the 1.0-litre EcoBoost with up to 125PS for the Ford EcoSport ST-Line and the 2.0-litre TDCi with up to 210PS for the Ford Edge ST-Line.

According to Ford, the new ST-Line range is designed for customers who aspire to the sporty image of Ford’s ST models, but do not require the full performance delivered by optimised ST engines and chassis with sports technologies.

ST-Line Proving Popular With Ford's Irish Customers

“Our full ST-Line range makes it easier for even more customers to experience the sporty style and driving dynamics inspired by our most exciting Ford Performance line-up ever, that includes models such as the Focus RS, Fiesta ST200, Mustang and Ford GT supercar” said Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland.

With its sporty looks, extra powered engines and good value, the previously launched Fiesta and Focus ST-Line models have caught the eye of a wide swathe of Irish buyers and I am sure these latest ST-Line models will equally attract the attention of discerning buyers over the coming months.”

For more information visit www.ford.ie


The new Hyundai i30 Fastback that arrived in Ireland at the beginning of 2018

Hyundai i30 Fastback 1.0 T-GDI Review

The new Hyundai i30 Fastback that arrived in Ireland at the beginning of 2018
The new Hyundai i30 Fastback that arrived in Ireland at the beginning of 2018

Caroline reviews the Hyundai i30 Fastback.

The Hyundai i30 Fastback is the latest addition to the Hyundai i30 range in Ireland, joining the i30 hatchback and estate.

Hyundai pitches the i30 Fastback as “the first elegant five-door coupe to enter the compact segment”, with design being a key distinguisher for the Hyundai i30 Fastback within the i30 range.

In Ireland the Hyundai i30 range starts from €20,245 for the hatchback, while the i30 Fastback starts at €24,995. However, just one model is offered for the Fastback with a high specification and modern 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 120hp.

The Hyundai i30 Fastback is an elegantly styled car. The roof line is lower than the i30 hatchback, the front grille is lower and it has its own bespoke rear styling. This is probably the most successful part of the design, giving the i30 Fastback the appearance of a larger and more luxurious car when viewed from behind. 17” alloy wheels come as standard as do LED daytime running lights.

The interior of the Hyundai i30 Fastback
The interior of the Hyundai i30 Fastback

The i30 Fastback’s silhouette is more saloon-like but it still has a hatchback-style boot that lifts to reveal a generous 450 litres of space, though the more shallow nature of the boot and load lip may make loading larger items more difficult than in the i30 hatchback.

Inside the interior space is good by class standards. The rear bench will accommodate three while the footwells are of a decent size and even the middle passenger gets a flat space to put their feet.

The Hyundai i30 Fastback is undoubtedly elegant and classy on the outside but it’s more austere on the inside. The dash design is simple and well-laid out, however there is a lot of hard black plastic. The interior could do with some more plush materials to finish the cabin.

Equipment levels are good including four electric windows, cruise control, high beam assist, air con and reversing camera. Safety equipment includes autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist and driver attention warning. Infotainment is provided via an 8” touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

Hyundai i30 Fastback
The Hyundai i30 Fastback is offered with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine in Ireland

The Hyundai i30 Fastback is available in Ireland with just one engine: a 1.0-litre turbo petrol unit with 120hp. Performance is competitive and with this engine and six speed manual gearbox the i30 Fastback is very pleasant to drive. It’s quiet on the move while good progress can be made in town and out on bigger roads. Emissions of 120g CO2 place it in tax band A4 with motor tax of €200 per year. My fuel economy was 6.3l/100km over a week of driving.

What's the Hyundai i30 Fastback like to drive?

On the road, the Hyundai i30 Fastback is a fuss-free drive with light steering and comfortable composure over a variety of roads. Compared with the hatchback, the chassis of the i30 Fastback has been lowered by 5mm and the stiffness of the suspension has been increased by 15%. The steering tightens up in corners to offer more resistance in spirited driving. The i30 is competitive in terms of driving dynamics without excelling in any one area.

The Hyundai i30 is a compelling proposition among rivals and even within the i30 range. With Irish buyers starting to reconsider if they really need a diesel car, carmakers offering good petrol powered compact cars like the i30 Fastback have an even better platform to sell cars. The Hyundai i30 Fastback carries a small premium over the equivalent hatchback, but it is a stylish car while still being practical for every day life.

Caroline Kidd

Hyundai i30 Fastback
The Hyundai i30 Fastback is available from €24,995

Model tested: Hyundai i30 Fastback 1.0 T-GDI
Price: 
€24,995 (i30 range from €20,245)
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
120hp
Torque: 171Nm
0-100km/h:  
11.5 seconds
Top speed: 188km/h
Economy: 
5.2/100km
CO2 emissions:  
120g/km
Motor tax: 
€200 per year

For more information visit www.hyundai.ie

You might also like this review of the Hyundai Kona, Hyundai's new compact SUV.


Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review

Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Caroline reviews the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s new SUV and it arrives in Ireland after the Italian brand’s renaissance led by the Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon in 2017.

With demand for SUVs seemingly unstoppable and any premium manufacturer worth its salt building one, it was inevitable that Alfa Romeo would turn its artistic hand to an SUV – enter the Stelvio.

The result is every bit as sensuous and dramatic as the Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon: from the deep plunging V-shaped grille around to the muscular rear, crowned with two large double exhausts. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is stylish and chic without being bulky or ungainly, the plight of many large SUVs.

Inside much of the interior design is carried over from the Giulia saloon. Many will love the higher ride height – in some ways this feels like a Giulia hatchback though I don’t know if Alfa Romeo would be impressed with that summation. While the Stelvio also sits five, it feels more practical for coping with family life.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The interior of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The rear seat is comfortable for three and the footwells a decent size. The boot is 525 litres and aided by a powered tailgate as standard.

The interior looks and feels solidly built however the material finish is average for a vehicle with a starting price from €47,295. It’s a comfortable cabin and the driving position is reassuring with all controls falling to hand easily. The Alfa Connect infotainment system with 8.8” screen comes as standard and is controlled by a rotary controller. Safety equipment like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, integrated braking system and autonomous emergency braking also come as standard.

In Ireland Stelvio is offered with four trim levels: Stelvio, Super, Speciale and Milano Edizione. Standard equipment includes dual zone air con, cruise control, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, keyless start and 17” alloys. My Speciale model included 19” alloys with coloured brake calipers, full leather upholstery and heated front seats.

In terms of engines, the Stelvio is offered with a 2.0-litre petrol with 200hp or 280hp, and a 2.2-litre diesel with 180hp or 210hp. There are rear wheel drive and all wheel drive models available.

My test car was powered by the 2.2-litre diesel with 210hp, and it was also fitted with all wheel drive. The engine is noisy on start up and idle but it smooths out at speed. There is plenty of power and torque in this model and power is fed to the road via a standard 8-speed automatic gearbox. My fuel economy over a week of driving was 6.4l/100km.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio range starts from €47,295 in Ireland

What's the Alfa Romeo Stelvio like to drive?

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is agile on the road and retains composure through bends with not too much body roll. The steering lacks feedback and it’s not as engaging to drive as the Giulia saloon. The Stelvio will settle down well for a motorway cruise, but there is some road noise audible. A firmer set up means that it’s not the softest ride in the class but it’s far from uncomfortable either.

The Stelvio SUV fills an important gap in the Alfa Romeo range with insatiable demand for SUVs among consumers. While in all senses and purposes, the Stelvio is competively sized and priced, and drives with style too, the interior finish makes the car less palatable at the luxury end of the market. Yet for ‘something different’ that’s practical and stylish, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio carves out its own niche.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.2JTD Speciale
Price: 
€55,995 (Range from €47,295)
Engine: 2.2-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
210hp
Torque: 470Nm
0-100km/h:  
6.6 seconds
Top speed: 215km/h
Economy: 
4.8/100km
CO2 emissions:  
127g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year

If you are looking for a mid-size luxury SUV, you might also like this review of the Jaguar F-Pace.


Tayto Park Nissan Ireland driving school

Tayto Park And Nissan Open Ireland’s First Driving School For Kids

Tayto Park and Nissan have joined forces to open Ireland’s first ever driving school for kids. The Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park gives kids the chance to learn the rules of the road and to test their driving skills on a purpose built, road marked traffic course before leaving with their own driving licence*.

The new 1,000m2 track is currently under construction at Tayto Park in Ashbourne, Co. Meath and will be completed and open to the public on Saturday 24th March. The easy-drive track will accommodate 20 miniature battery operated Nissan cars at one time with the new attraction set to give young drivers a real experience of what it is like to take to the road.

All drivers arriving at the Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park will get a short video demonstration at the new attraction’s Learning Theatre, where they will learn the rules of the road before negotiating the traffic course. Young drivers who complete the course and prove to their parents that they have what it takes to make the move from the back seat to the front seat can pick up their driving licence*.

Nissan is sponsoring the new attraction as part of a three year sponsorship deal with Tayto Park.

Speaking at the launch, Raymond Coyle, founder of Tayto Park, said: “Here at Tayto Park we’re always looking for innovative and creative ways to enhance the experience for families at our theme park and zoo. The Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park will be the first of its kind in Ireland of which I’m sure will be very popular among our younger visitors this season. I’m delighted to welcome Nissan to Tayto Park as this marks a milestone as the first sponsored attraction at the park."

CEO of Nissan Ireland, James McCarthy said: “Innovation and excitement for everyone is at the heart of what we do at Nissan. We are delighted to bring that thinking to our sponsorship of the new Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park. The thousands of children who will enjoy this new family attraction are the EV drivers of tomorrow. This innovative partnership with Tayto Park provides an exciting opportunity for Nissan to continue pioneering the switch to Electric Vehicle driving. We look forward to demonstrating the full range of Nissan vehicles, including the new Nissan LEAF, as part of the new family attraction and to joining Tayto Park in providing children with a fun and memorable experience of what it is like to drive their own car”.

*The driving licence can be purchased for an additional fee at the end of the attraction.


New Mercedes-Benz CLS

New Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé Launched

The Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé will arrive in Ireland towards the middle of 2018.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the CLS combines "the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon".

For the first time, the Mercedes-Benz CLS can now accommodate five occupants. Backrests can be folded to expand the 520-litre luggage compartment.

Sharing features in common with the S-Class, the new CLS comes with all of the latest generation touch-screen infotainment, safety and driver assistance systems. 64 colour ambient lighting, illuminated air vents, hand-finished appearance upholstery, and air conditioning with colour-guided, red/blue, warmer/cooler temperature control also feature.

From an Irish perspective, Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, says that prices for the new CLS Coupé will be announced closer to its market introduction in May/June. "Our intention will be to hold CLS prices at a competitive level consistent with market conditions and the expressed determination of Mercedes-Benz to offer value at all points across its model range," says Allen.

A completely new engine line-up powers the new CLS. Three diesel units are available at launch: a CLS 300d, expected to be the popular choice in Ireland, along with a CLS350d 4MATIC and CLS400d 4MATIC. Following, in early 2019, will be a CLS 220d version.

The 300d unit will deliver 245hp and 500Nm torque. The 350d unit delivers 286hp and 600Nm torque, while the more powerful 400d version has 340hp and 700Nm torque.

The most powerful model is a CLS 450 4MATIC 6-cylinder petrol. It delivers 367hp and 500Nm torque.

A dynamically set up steel comfort suspension is standard. Optionally available is a sporty setup with continuously adjustable damping at the front and rear axles with selectable comfort, sport and sport plus modes. Air suspension is also offered.


New car CO2 emissions rise in europe

New Car CO2 Emissions Rise In Europe

Average CO2 emissions generated by new cars in Europe increased during 2017 for the first time in ten years, according to JATO Dynamics.

The analysis covered 23 European markets and found that average CO2 emissions increased by 0.3g/km in 2017 – finishing at 118.1g/km.

This rise in average CO2 emissions correlates with a decrease in demand for diesel cars across Europe – which produce lower CO2 emissions than petrol cars – and the rising popularity of SUVs, which emit higher average CO2 emissions.

Data for 2017 shows that diesel cars registered in the market had a CO2 emissions average of 117.9g/km, compared to petrol cars, which had an average of 123.4g/km – a difference of 5.5g/km.

Likewise, the average power output of a diesel engine registered in the EU was found to be 142HP, with 117.9g/km CO2 emitted.

The average power output of a petrol engine registered in the EU was found to be 123HP, with 123.4g/km emitted.

New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe
New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe

With increased negative public perception towards diesels, combined with increased government regulation and scrutiny of the fuel type, the volume of diesel cars registered fell by 7.9% to 6.77 million units in 2017.

In turn, diesel cars accounted for just 43.8% of total registrations in 2017, which is 11.1 percentage points lower than their peak, seen in 2011, and the fuel type’s lowest market share since 2003, when diesels accounted for 43.4% of total registrations.

Whilst demand for diesel cars declined in 2017, registrations of petrol cars increased by 10.9% – the highest level since 2003. This meant the market share of petrol vehicles grew by 3 percentage points from 47% to 50% between 2016 and 2017.

New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe
New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe

Alternative-Fuelled-Vehicles only experienced a small increase in volume. Despite the declining popularity of diesels, they increased their market share from 3% in 2016 to 5% in 2017.

Battery-Electric-Vehicles (BEVs) experienced meagre growth too. This could be due to consumer scepticism when it comes to the battery ranges of BEVs and the number of charging points available on the road network at present. In comparison, the market share of hybrid vehicles increased by one percentage point.

Demand for SUVs continued to rise in 2017 – but despite the introduction of smaller SUVs to the market and the adoption of hybrid solutions, which helped reduce the segments average CO2 emissions from 134.9g/km in 2016 to 133.0g/km in 2017, SUVs contributed to the overall increase of average CO2 emissions in Europe. This was because they emitted far higher average CO2 emissions than the new car average of 118.1g/km in 2017.

The correlation between the decline in demand for diesel cars and the increase in CO2 emissions was most evident in Europe’s largest markets. Diesel demand fell by double-digits in Germany and the UK, and in France and Spain it fell by 5.4% and 8.1% respectively. As a result, average CO2 emissions increased in all of these car markets.

New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe
New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe

At a brand level, Peugeot, which led the ranking in 2016, fell to second place after its emissions average increased by 2.7g/km to 104.5g/km in 2017. This was mainly due to its increased presence in the SUV segment, in particular with the Peugeot 3008, which experienced a high volume of registrations.

Toyota became Europe’s cleanest car brand amongst the top 20 best-selling brands, with its emissions average decreasing by 2.7 g/km to 101.2g/km. This can be attributed to increased demand for its hybrid vehicle models, which represented half of all registrations for the brand, with petrol (42%) and diesel (7.5%) cars making up the rest of its registrations.


Renault Megane TCe 130 Petrol

Renault Megane TCe 130 Petrol Now Available In Ireland

Renault Ireland has added a new engine to the Renault Megane Hatch and Sport Tourer range. The Megane is now available to order in Ireland with a 1.2-litre TCe 130 turbo petrol engine, priced from €20,740.

The new Megane TCe engine is available across Expression, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and GT Line Nav versions of the Megane Hatch and Sport Tourer.

According to Renault, this engine brings "a new level of refinement and performance to Megane, while offering lower nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions than diesel versions".

Updated infotainment for new Megane

Dynamique Nav trim and above includes Renault’s RLink 2 multimedia system, which now features Apple Car Play and Android Auto, as well as built-in satellite navigation.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Ireland: “As the demand for petrol continues to grow, we are delighted to increase our range of petrol cars with the new Megane Hatch and Sport Tourer TCe 130 in 2018, the most powerful entry-level petrol engine in its class. The Megane range continues to be our best-selling Renault model, proving its popularity among customers.”

For more information visit www.renault.ie


Tesla store in Dublin Ireland

Tesla Store In Ireland Hosts Journalists And Owners

Tesla store in Dublin Ireland
Inside the Tesla store in Sandyford, Dublin

Tesla recently hosted a group of Irish motoring journalists and some of Tesla's Irish owners at an event in their Sandyford store in Dublin.

The event was an opportunity to find out more about Tesla's operations in Ireland, hear owner's stories and test drive the Model S and Model X.

Three Irish owners were present to give an insight into what it means to own and drive a Tesla in Ireland. They shared with us why they chose a Tesla, what they owned before and why they made the switch to electric.

Their experiences were all positive and they all emphasised how cheap the cars were to run, while the long battery range makes them easy to get around in Ireland.

Ireland currently has Tesla Superchargers in Ballacolla and Birdhill, with two more locations on the way at Lisburn and Enfield.

Tesla's Irish store is located at 92 Bracken Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18. For more information click here.

Tesla store in Dublin
Outside the Tesla store in Dublin

The new 2018 Kia Ceed

New Kia Ceed, Optima And Rio GT Line On The Way

Kia Motors has unveiled its latest models at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The new Kia Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon make their world debuts, alongside the upgraded Optima range, and new Rio GT Line.

According to Kia Ireland, the new Kia Ceed will go on sale in Ireland in late summer, while the Kia Ceed Sportswagon and upgraded Kia Optima will be available in the autumn.

The New Kia Ceed And Ceed Sportswagon

The third-generation Kia Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon have been designed, developed, engineered and built in Europe. The new Ceed is lower and wider than its predecessor, and has a new, contemporary design including ‘ice cube’ effect LED daytime running lights will be standard.  Kia says the new Ceed is among the most practical of the C segment hatchbacks with 395 litres of boot space, while the Ceed Sportswagon will have 600 litres.

Petrol engines will include Kia’s 1.0-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine with 120hp, a new 1.4-litre T-GDi with 140hp and a 100hp 1.4-litre MPi.

The new Ceed range will also be available with Kia’s new ‘U3’ diesel engine, designed to go beyond the stricter limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard. The 1.6-litre CRDi will be available with a choice of power outputs (115 and 136hp).

The Ceed will be available with Kia’s latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including a new Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system which combats distracted or drowsy driving by monitoring a number of inputs from the vehicle and driver. Other ADAS features include High Beam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Upgraded Kia Optima

The upgraded Kia Optima saloon and Sportswagon get an updated design and a pair of new engines.

The new Kia Optima
The new Kia Optima Sportswagon

Kia’s new ‘U3’ 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine will feature in the Optima range, producing 136hp and 320 Nm of torque, and replacing the 1.7-litre CRDi engine. A new 1.6-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine, producing 180hp, will also be available, sitting between the naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre (163hp) engine and the Optima GT’s 2.0-litre T-GDi power unit (245hp). The new engine is paired with Kia’s seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

Exterior design modifications include revised bumper designs, new LED tail-lamps and a revised head- and fog lamp design. The ‘tiger-nose’ grille is now finished in bright chrome.  The design of the Optima GT Line and high-performance Optima GT are also updated for greater on-road presence. Upgrades include new LED fog lamps, 18-inch aluminium alloy wheel designs, and gloss black mirror caps, side sills and air intake grille. GT Line models are distinguished by new dual twin exhausts, while the Optima GT is fitted with chrome twin exhaust tips.

The Optima will be available with Kia’s latest 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with navigation and Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom®. The system offers Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

Kia’s latest ADAS will also feature. The new Kia Optima comes with the same Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system available in the new Ceed, as well as other safety features including: Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA); High Beam Assist (HBA), and full LED headlamps with Dynamic Bending Light.

New Kia Rio GT Line

Kia has also announced a new Kia Rio GT Line, the latest Kia to get the GT Line treatment. Like other GT Line models in the Kia line-up, the Rio GT Line features a sportier exterior design. Upgrades include a gloss-black and chrome ‘tiger-nose’ grille, a new 17-inch alloy wheel design, and ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamps. The exterior is finished with twin exhaust tips, LED daytime running lights, chrome window trim, a gloss black roof spoiler and sill highlights.

The new Kia Rio GT Line will be powered by Kia’s 1.0-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine, with either 100 or 120hp, and a manual transmission. In Q3 2018, the 120hp 1.0-litre T-GDi engine will be available with a seven-speed double-clutch transmission, while 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrol engines will also be available in GT Line specification.

An optional 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) includes navigation, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. A rear-view parking camera, heated steering wheel, and heated seats are also available.

Kia Rio GT Line
The new Kia Rio GT Line