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Kia Rio 5 door hatchback pricing* (MLP*)

S 1.4L MPi Petrol (79 kW)
6M/T $16,290*
4A/T $18,290*

Rio Si 1.6L GDi Petrol (103 kW)
6M/T $18,990*
6A/T $20,990*

Rio SLi 5 door hatch
6M/T $19,990*
6A/T $21,990*

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Kia Motors Australia has launched its fourth-generation Rio in a choice of 3-, 4- and 5-door body styles across the range (delayed availability of the 3 and 4 door versions).

The new Rio, which is available in S, Si and SLi trim levels, combines European flair, Australian drivability with Korean spice and starts at just $16,290*. The range topping SLi comes standard with LED daytime running lights and 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with a low profile, high performance 205/45/R17 Continental tyre as standard, making it one of the most feature packed vehicles in its class.

“Rio is a crucial member of the Kia family,” said Kia Motors Australia President and CEO Mr MK Kim. “As the car that introduced so many Australians to Kia, its role as an ambassador cannot be overstated.”

“The new Rio will continue that role, but as the beneficiary of all Kia has learned and refined since the journey began. It will do so with a new level of refinement, a new maturity and a new richness.”

Like the Sportage, Cerato and Optima before it, the new Rio’s suspension and running gear has benefited from a stringent programme of local optimisation. The Ride and Handling Dynamic Programme included comprehensive local testing and fine-tuning to ensure responsive handling while maintaining stability, ride quality and refinement – in line with the discerning Australian customer’s expectations.

The three bodystyles will be available with a choice of two engines matched to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with manumatic (manual and automatic) shift gate in the Si and SLi trims and either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed manumatic transmission in the base model S.

The 1.6L Gamma GDi petrol engine is fitted to both the mid-range Si and top of the range SLi models. The Gamma is the smallest Kia engine yet to benefit from the application of GDi (Gasoline Direct Injection) technology and develops 103 kW at 6,300 rpm and 167 Nm at 4,850 rpm – a 13 per cent improvement in power over a conventional Gamma 1.6L MPI fed engine.

The base model Rio S comes with a 1.4L MPI 4-cylinder petrol powerplant with DOHC and CVVT and produces 79 kW of power at 6,300 rpm and 135 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. That is a power boost of 9 kW and a torque increase of 10 Nm over the outgoing model.

Safety is a non-negotiable subject at Kia. Five-star crash integrity is the target of every new car while the standard inclusion of six airbags and electronic stability control across the range is designed to keep Kia customers and their families as safe as possible.

An all-disc braking system with 256/262 mm (front/rear) diameter discs (S and Si models) and 280/262 mm diameter discs (SLi), HAC (hillstart assist control), ESC (electronic stability control), ABS anti-lock brakes, EBD (electronic brake distribution) and BA (brake assist) systems ensure all new Rio owners have the latest in vehicle control systems.

This comprehensive array of electronic safety acronyms are overseen and monitored by the new Vehicle Stability Management programme. VSM utilises the computing power of a central ECU to seamlessly integrate the operation of all the traditional active safety systems.

If required, six front, side and curtain airbags offer protection to occupants in the event of an accident while night time driving is made safer by the availability of projection headlamps and new front ‘cornering’ lamps.

Cruise control from the Si model up and daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, projection front headlamps, static cornering lamps, auto light control and an enhanced brake package in the range topping SLi, makes Rio one of the most feature packed models in its category.

All models come with Bluetooth® connectivity and a radio CD player with MP3 compatibility plus AUX, iPod and USB connections – all controlled remotely from the steering wheel for added convenience and safety. Electric heated side mirrors are also standard across the range.

The 5-door Hatchback is the first body shape to be launched in Australia. The 3- and 4-door variants will hit Australian roads in early 2012.

Target CO2 emissions for the model range start at just 133 g/km making it a top contender in the government’s Green Vehicle Guide.


Rio S

  • 1.4L MPi Petrol engine with DOHC, four-cylinder, CVVT
  • Bonnet insulator
  • 6 speed M/T or 4 speed A/T
  • 15-inch steel wheel with full wheel cover (185/65 R15 tyre)
  • Full size spare
  • MDPS (Electric Power Steering)
  • Tilt & telescopic steering wheel adjustment
  • 6 airbags (dual front, front side & curtain)
  • ESC with Rear disc brake
  • Vehicle Stability Management with Hill-start Assist Control
  • Seatbelt reminders (all positions)
  • Body colour outside mirrors and door handles
  • Rear spoiler
  • Chrome signature grille
  • Electric heated outside mirrors
  • Folding key fob (x2) with central door lock & immobiliser
  • Illuminated glove box
  • Driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Driver and passenger seatback pockets
  • 60:40 split rear folding seat
  • Central interior lamp & luggage compartment lamp
  • Ambient temperature display
  • Trip computer (6 function)
  • Front wiper – variable intermittent, with aero blade wiper
  • Rear wiper (2 speed)
  • Driver's seat height adjustment (pump)
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Front power & rear windows
  • Audio unit (CD, radio & USB/AUX/iPod connectivity) with 4 speakers
  • Audio remote controls (steering wheel)
  • Bluetooth (remote steering wheel controls)
  • Rear cargo covering shelf trim
  • Front mudguard side repeater
  • Rheostat (dim function)

Rio Si - S model trim plus:

  • 1.6L GDi D-CVVT (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine with full engine cover
  • 6 speed M/T or 6 speed A/T
  • Tweeter speakers (6 speakers)
  • Electric folding mirror with side repeater
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and TGS knob
  • 16-inch alloy wheel with 195/55 R16 Tyre
  • Sunvisor illumination & map lamp
  • Front fog lamps
  • Supervision cluster with dot-matrix display
  • Vehicle information options & maintenance
  • Active Eco (shift indicator MT / ECO lamp AT)
  • Centre console armrest (sliding) / storage
  • Soft-touch dash centre fascia finish
  • Leather-like door trim insert
  • Auto cruise control with steering wheel remote controls
  • Metal-look interior accent (steering wheel, centre console & door handles)

Rio SLi – Si model trim plus:

  • 17-inch alloy wheel with 205/45 R17 Tyre (Continental)
  • Projection front head lamps
  • LED Day-time Running Lights (available from August 2011 production)
  • Static cornering lamps (availble from August 2011 production)
  • LED rear combination lamps
  • Auto light control
  • Enhanced brake package


Body & Chassis
5-door and 3-door hatchback and 4-door sedan with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of two transversely-mounted gasoline engines driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual or six or four-speed automatic transmission.

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Engines / Petrol (Euro IV compliant)
1.4-litre 79 kW
Type / capacity MPi Petrol DOHC, four-cylinder, CVVT /1,396 cc
Power / torque 79 kW @ 6,300 rpm / 135 Nm @ 4,200 rpm
1.6-litre 103 kW
Type / capacity GDi Petrol DOHC, four-cylinder, Dual CVVT / 1,591 cc
Power / torque 103 kW @ 6,300 rpm / 167 Nm @ 4,850 rpm

Manual / speeds 6 6
Automatic / speeds 4 (1.4 engine) 6 (1.6 engine)

Suspension & Damping
Front: Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear: Semi independent by CTBA (coupled torsion beam axle) with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.

Type MDPS electric power-assisted rack and pinion Gearing 2.82 turns lock-to-lock Turning circle 10.5 metres (minimum)

Brakes S / Si / SLi
Front: 256 x 22 mm vent. discs 280 x 22 mm vent. discs
Rear: 262 x 10 mm solid discs 262 x 10 mm solid discs

Wheels & Tyres
S: 15 in x 5.5J 185/65 R15 tyres
Si: 16 in x 6.0J 195/55 R16 tyres
SLi: 17 in x 6.5J 205/45 R17 tyres

Dimensions (mm)
Overall length 4,045 Overall width 1,720 (ex. door mirrors)
Overall height 1,455 Wheelbase 2,570
Front overhang 805 Rear overhang 670
Front track 1,520 Rear track 1,525
Interior Front/Rear
Headroom 1,015 960
Legroom 1,112 790
Shoulder room 1,350 1,324
Fuel tank (litres) 43
Luggage (VDA) 288 litres

Performance (approx)
1.4 (MT) 1.4(AT) 1.6 (MT) 1.6 (AT)
Top speed / km/h 183 170 190 190
0-to-100 km/h / sec 11.5 13.2 10.2 10.3

Economy (combined cycle rating)
1.4 (MT) 1.4(AT) 1.6 (MT) 1.6 (AT)
Litres/100 km 5.7 6.3 5.6 6.1
CO2 emissions 135 150 133 145

Kia Rio 5 door hatchback pricing*

S 1.4L MPi Petrol (79 kW)
6M/T $16,290*
4A/T $18,290*

Rio Si 1.6L GDi Petrol (103 kW)
6M/T $18,990*
6A/T $20,990*

Rio SLi 5 door hatch
6M/T $19,990*
6A/T $21,990*

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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