New Rio Is the Most Feature-Packed Yet

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KIA Motors Australia has launched its fourth-generation Rio, setting a new packaging benchmark in the light passenger vehicle category and introducing a choice of 3-, 4- and 5-door body styles across the range.

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.

C[pounds sterling]Rio is a crucial member of the Kia family,C[yen] said Kia Motors Australia president and CEO Mr MK Kim.

C[pounds sterling]As the car that introduced so many Australians to Kia, its role as an ambassador cannot be overstated.

C[pounds sterling]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.C[yen]

Like the Sportage, Cerato and Optima before it, the new Rio's suspension and running gear has benefited from a stringent program of local optimisation. The Ride and Handling Dynamic Program included comprehensive local testing and fine-tuning to ensure responsive handling while maintaining stability, ride quality and refinement Co 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 six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with manumatic (manual and automatic) shift gate in the Si and SLi trims and either a six-speed manual or four-speed manumatic transmission in the base model S.

The 1.6L Gamma GDi petrol engine is fitted to both the midrange Si and top of the range SLi Rio models. The Gamma is the smallest Kia engine yet to benefit from the application of GDi (Gasoline Direct Injection) technology and develops 103kW at 6300rpm and 167Nm at 4850rpm Co a 13% improvement in power over a conventional Gamma 1.6L MPI-fed engine.

The base model Rio S comes with a 1. …