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Segment: Small

Joining Kia’s lineup in 2011, the 5-door Rio sedan ushers in the next chapter of the automaker’s ongoing design-led transformation with eye-catching design, advanced technologies and sophistication in the small car segment.

Conceived at Kia's design studios in Irvine, California, the all-new Rio sub-compact sedan and hatchback exhibit highly sculpted sloping shoulder lines and wedge-shaped exteriors, projecting an athletic profile that conveys power and agility. It also echoes the aggressive lines found on other recently launched Kia vehicles such as the 2011 Optima and Sportage. Both Kia Rio models sport their own interpretations of Kia's signature grille, slimmed down to connect to the dynamic headlamp design, providing a new twist on the Kia family look that includes a bigger air intake to exude a youthful persona. Inside, the 2012 Kia Rio envelopes driver and passengers in a bold and modern cabin, centred on Kia's characteristic horizontal three-cylinder instrument cluster and finished in two-tone trim to emphasize a feeling of spaciousness and comfort. The extended wheelbase (2570mm) greatly enhances passenger and cargo capacity for additional comfort.

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KIA Rio Sedan 2011 - Present
  5 gasoline engines
  • 1.2L MPi 5MT (85 HP)
  • 1.4L MPI 4AT (109 HP)
  • 1.4L MPi 6MT (109 HP)
  • 1.6L GDi 6AT (140 HP)
  • 1.6L GDi 6MT (140 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 1.1L CRDi 6MT (75 HP)
  • 1.4L CRDi 6MT (90 HP)
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KIA Rio Sedan 1.2L MPi 5MT (85 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L MPi 5MT (85 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1248 cm3
Power
63 KW @ 6300 RPM
86 HP @ 6300 RPM
84 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
89 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
121 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
104 mph (167 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.9 in (4366 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
57.3 in (1455 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/60 in (1,521/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
101.2 in (2570 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2269 lbs (1029 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3439 lbs (1560 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
Highway
53.5 mpg US (4.4 L/100Km)
Combined
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
114 g/km

KIA Rio Sedan 1.4L MPI 4AT (109 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L MPI 4AT (109 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1396 cm3
Power
81 KW @ 6300 RPM
110 HP @ 6300 RPM
109 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
100 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
136 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.9 in (4366 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
57.3 in (1455 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/60 in (1,521/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
101.2 in (2570 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2410 lbs (1093 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3594 lbs (1630 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Highway
44.4 mpg US (5.3 L/100Km)
Combined
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
165 g/km

KIA Rio Sedan 1.4L MPi 6MT (109 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L MPi 6MT (109 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1396 cm3
Power
81 KW @ 6300 RPM
110 HP @ 6300 RPM
109 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
100 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
136 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
114 mph (183 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.9 in (4366 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
57.3 in (1455 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/60 in (1,521/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
101.2 in (2570 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2350 lbs (1066 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3527 lbs (1600 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Highway
52.3 mpg US (4.5 L/100Km)
Combined
42.8 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
151 g/km

KIA Rio Sedan 1.6L GDi 6AT (140 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L GDi 6AT (140 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1591 cm3
Power
103 KW @ 6300 RPM
140 HP @ 6300 RPM
138 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
123 lb-ft @ 4850 RPM
167 Nm @ 4850 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.9 in (4366 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
57.3 in (1455 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/60 in (1,521/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
101.2 in (2570 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2573 lbs (1167 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3638 lbs (1650 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Highway
37 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
31 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)

KIA Rio Sedan 1.6L GDi 6MT (140 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L GDi 6MT (140 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1591 cm3
Power
103 KW @ 6300 RPM
140 HP @ 6300 RPM
138 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
123 lb-ft @ 4850 RPM
167 Nm @ 4850 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.9 in (4366 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
57.3 in (1455 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/60 in (1,521/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
101.2 in (2570 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2494 lbs (1131 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3638 lbs (1650 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Highway
37 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
31 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)

KIA Rio Sedan 1.1L CRDi 6MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.1L CRDi 6MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
1120 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 4000 RPM
75 HP @ 4000 RPM
74 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
111 lb-ft @ 1500-2700 RPM
150 Nm @ 1500-2700 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99 mph (159 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.9 in (4366 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
57.3 in (1455 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/60 in (1,521/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
101.2 in (2570 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
24617 lbs (11166 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3616 lbs (1640 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
60.3 mpg US (3.9 L/100Km)
Highway
71.3 mpg US (3.3 L/100Km)
Combined
65.3 mpg US (3.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
94 g/km

KIA Rio Sedan 1.4L CRDi 6MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L CRDi 6MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1396 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 4000 RPM
90 HP @ 4000 RPM
89 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
162 lb-ft @ 1750-2750 RPM
220 Nm @ 1750-2750 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
107 mph (172 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.9 in (4366 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
57.3 in (1455 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/60 in (1,521/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
101.2 in (2570 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2566 lbs (1164 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3726 lbs (1690 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
52.3 mpg US (4.5 L/100Km)
Highway
60.3 mpg US (3.9 L/100Km)
Combined
58.8 mpg US (4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
105 g/km
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