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KIA Rio Hatchback Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 6
First production year: 2005
Engines: Mild hybrid, Gasoline, Diesel
Body style: Hatchback
 

2020 - Present

In late 2020, Kia introduced the facelifted version of the sub-compact range Rio. It brought a breath of fresh air to a car introduced in 2017. The fourth generation of Rio was designed in Kia's design centers from Russelsheim (Germany) and California. It was no longer a car built for a low budget, but more of a car built to offer the most for its price. The 2021 version enhanced the visual elements and brought more technologies under the skin. For the 2021 model, Kia designers introduced a massive grille in the lower part of the bumper, despite the small engines. The car's p...

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mild hybrid engines:

  KIA Rio 1.0L T-GDi 6MT (100 HP)

gasoline engines:

  KIA Rio 1.2L 5MT (84 HP)

 

2016 - 2018

The Kia Rio was the South Korean’s response to the VW Polo, Skoda Fabia and Vauxhall Corsa. The Rio was redesigned to grab the people’s attention and was a good deal for a car in its segment. The exterior design doesn’t stand out, however, it was lower and with a sportier appearance than the last Kia’s Rio. The back of the Rio was modified and looked more tight and compact. Kia decided to drop the 3-door model and kept the 5-door, the Rio being a practical car and most suitable for families as a city car. When opening the trunk lid, you could see a good sized load area that could...

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gasoline engines:

  KIA Rio 1.0L 5MT (100 HP)

  KIA Rio 1.2L 5MT (84 HP)

  KIA Rio 1.6L 6AT (130 HP)

  KIA Rio 1.6L 6MT (130 HP)

 

2012 - 2016

The third generation Kia Rio got a facelift in 2012 and will be available with four engines – two gasoline and two diesel – including a 1.1-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than any other non electric car on sale in the world, including hybrids and eco specials from rival companies. Fitted with 15-inch wheels and sporting the full gamut of Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving technologies – including Intelligent Stop & Go engine technology, low rolling resistance tyres, a drag-reducing front grille, gearshift indicator and rear spoiler - this model ...

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2011 - 2016

Kia introduced the fourth generation of the Rio lineup in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show, and it was available as a sedan or a hatchback with either three or five doors. Clearly, the Korean carmaker was on the right path. Moreover, it chose the right moment to introduce the new model since the world financial crisis was already gone, and the car market started to grow. Like its predecessor, the 2011 Rio was based on the same platform as the Hyundai Accent but aimed at different customers. Its fresh look revealed the already-known "tiger-nose" signature grille imagined by Peter...

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2009 - 2011

In 2009, Kia introduced a facelifted version of its already known Rio subcompact vehicle. It was the right car at the right moment. The 2008 world economic crisis hit hard in the automotive industry. On the other hand, Kia just stormed the market with the compact-sized cee'd hatchback and its seven-year warranty. Since most of the people wanted a reliable, trustworthy vehicle, the cee'd success was granted. In 2009, Kia introduced the facelifted version for the subcompact-sized range, the Rio. The Rio's design was signed by the Italian institute I.DE.A., who was responsi...

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2005 - 2008

Kia grew in the U.S. market with the introduction of the first generation Kia Rio in 2000. While it was a low-cost car, it managed to offer great reliability for an attractive price. In 2006, Kia raised the bar with the Kia Rio hatchback and even got the “Most Improved New Vehicle for 2006” awarded by Autobytel. Why? Because the new Kia Rio offered class-leading power and interior room, as well as enhanced safety with six standard airbags, including full-length side-curtain airbags. The improved interior volume was achieved with the longer wheelbase and the width and height increas...

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