The Kia economy drive starts here! The new Rio will officially return up to 88mpg when it arrives in September, making it the most economical car on sale in the UK.
The all-new car was unveiled last night in Geneva by Kia’s European bosses, who are aiming to quadruple sales compared to the previous car.
The Skoda Fabia rival wears a fresh new look that includes trademark bow-tie grille on the front and a rounded profile to the back that recalls the current Seat Leon.
Interior quality has been boosted, most noticeably on the dash. This now includes a start/stop button for models with the optional smart-key entry and an innovative update on the rocker switch that makes operating heater controls easier on the move.
The new car is roomier too, thanks to a longer overall length than the class-average at four metres. Boot space is exactly the same as the Renault Clio at 288 litres.
We’re promised a high-spec count for the UK, with Bluetooth handsfree, USB stereo connectors, a heated steering wheel and LED driving lights all available.
Four engines have been confirmed for the new Rio, including a 1.1-litre three-cylinder diesel unit which produces 69bhp and emits just 85g/km of CO2 with Kia’s new start/stop technology. That equates to 88mpg on the combined cycle and beats even the Smart diesel for economy.
A bigger 1.4-litre diesel delivers 94g/km of CO2 with the stop/start tech, and there are two petrol engines: a 1.25-litre and a 1.4. A one-litre three cylinder turbo petrol will join the line-up in 2012.
The five-door comes first, followed by a three-door variant in 2012. Prices are expected to start from £10,500 for the smaller petrol.