The fourth generation of the Kia Rio has arrived in Ireland, priced from €15,950.

The new Rio’s styling is a gentle progression of the previous model’s design, but with more definition all round for a maturer look. The new Kia Rio is a bit lower, wider and longer than the car it replaces and interior space has been improved, while the boot capacity is up by 37 litres to a competitive 325 litres.

Inside there’s a new, modern dashboard layout with less buttons and a touchscreen mounted centrally in the dash for infotainment on higher trim levels.

To improve refinement, there are new soundproofing materials around the dashboard, and a stiffer front subframe minimises vibrations from poor road surfaces. Other features to reduce wind noise and improve aerodynamics include front wheel air deflectors, a full under-body cover and vertical ‘blades’ extending downwards from the boot spoiler.

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Interior of the new Kia Rio

At launch, the Kia Rio will be available with the choice of a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 85hp and 1.4-litre diesel engines with either 77 or 90hp. A 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 100hp will join the range in July 2017.

The petrol model is available in four trim levels – L (€15,950), EX (€18,150), EX ADAS (€19,450) and top of the range Platinum (€20,450). The 1.4-litre diesel (77hp) comes in LX trim priced at €17,750, while the 1.4-litre diesel (90hp) comes in EXE trim priced at €19,950.

Emissions for the range are low with annual motor tax for the 1.2-litre petrol at €190 per year and €180 per year for the diesels. 

The EX model is expected to be the volume seller and includes 16″ alloys, electric heated, folding mirrors, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, cruise control and air con.

The EX ADAS adds more safety equipment, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian recognition and lane departure warning, which should help this model achieve a 5 star EuroNCAP rating when it is tested.

2017 Kia Rio
The Kia Rio is priced from €15,950

The new Kia Rio is available from Kia’s Irish dealer network now.

Caroline Kidd