The all-new Kia Rio will make its world debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show next month. It’s the company’s best-selling car, accounting for 16 per cent of its annual sales in 2015.

This will be the fourth generation of the Rio, which now features new muscular styling, improved connectivity features and upgrades to the ride and handling.

The trademark ‘tiger-nose’ grille has received a slight redesign, while the headlights now have new U-shaped LED daytime running lights. The front fog lights have been moved upwards and outwards on the bumper to give the car a wider look.

The wheelbase is 10mm longer and the rear overhang has been reduced, while the chassis has been tweaked to improve the car’s handling.

Kia claims the fourth-generation Rio has the most spacious cabin in its class, with improved ergonomics and more legroom than before. This has been achieved by changing the car’s packaging, such as introducing re-trimmed door trims and new headlining materials.

The dashboard is now angled towards the driver and a ‘floating’ touchscreen display sits in the centre of the dashboard. At the base of the centre console there’s now storage for mobile phones or other small objects, while there are cup holders in every door.

Kia’s latest 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine will make its debut in the Rio range when the car goes on sale next year. The powertrain was introduced in the Cee’d in 2015 and is expected to account for the majority of sales. A range of petrol and diesel engines will also be available.

The new Kia Rio will go on sale in the first quarter of 2017 and will be available with the South Korean manufacturer’s seven-year warranty as standard.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

September 16, 2016

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