The Rio will be available with four engines – two petrol and two diesel. This includes the frugal three-cylinder turbodiesel with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emission. The 1.1-liter CRDi produces 74 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 170 Nm between 1,500 – 2,750 rpm, which is enough to push the Rio to 60 mph in 14.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 98 miles per hour.
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 is capable of 88.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of only 85g/km.
EcoDynamics technologies will be a standard feature with all new Rio diesels, including the 1.4-litre models (from £14,195), which will arrive in the engine range shortly after the UK launch. The unit develops 89 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque, while economy and emissions figures stand at 70.6mpg combined and just 105 g/km of CO2 .
The two petrol engines include the the entry 1.25-liter Kappa (from £10,595)unit and the 1.4-liter Gamma engine (from £13,095), developing 107bhp and 137Nm of torque.
Standard features include daytime running lights, body-coloured bumpers, door handles and door mirrors, speed-variable front wipers, headlamp levelling, front electric windows, 15-inch steel wheels, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, two-way steering column adjustment on the petrol model (height-adjustable only on the entry level diesel), a tachometer and trip computer, split folding rear seats, a boot light, a 12-volt power socket and an MP3-compatible RDS radio and CD player with USB and AUX ports. Bluetooth is also standard on the petrol entry model, and on all versions with other trim grades.