Kia has revitalised its Rio model line-up with new drivetrains and two new trim levels.
The Si and SLi models have been discontinued, replaced by the new Sport level trim which is highlighted by a 6-speed automatic in place of the previous 4-speed box and the top-of-the-range GT-Line with special features led by the 1.0-litre turbo coupled to Kia’s in-house 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
The new Rio range starts with an unchanged entry level S model with the 74kW 1.4-litre petrol engine coupled to either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.
Standard features on the S include ABS, ESC, VSM (vehicle stability management), reverse parking sensors, rear-view camera, three child restraint points (two ISOFIX), six airbags, six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth, Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility.
The step up to Sport adds the 6-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual, 17-inch alloys, cruise control, leather trim on the steering wheel and gear shifter and electric folding mirrors.
At the top of the range, the GT-Line highlights the 3-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo with 88kW of power and 172Nm of torque driving through the 7-speed dual clutch transmission, a first for Kia in Australia.
Significant application has also been given to a specific sport tune for the GT-Line. In a first for Rio the GT-Line also comes standard with AEB and Lane Keep Assist as well as Idle Stop and Go.
The top-spec Rio will be easily identifiable on the road through a GT-Line body kit, LED Daytime Running Lights, LED Position Lamps, LED rear combination lamps and LED fog lamps.
Pricing starts at $16,990 RRP for the manual and $17,490 drive away for the automatic. The Sport trim starts at $17,990 drive away for the manual and $18,990 for the 6-speed automatic. The GT-Line is $21,990 drive away.