New feature-packed Rio

KIA is holding nothing back with the launch of its 2017 Rio model, a bigger and more powerful vehicle packed with comfort features, including some new ones, and has some special offers to help get it under way.

There are four models, the LX which has a choice of a four-speed automatic or six- speed manual transmission, and the higher- specced EX Auto and EX Limited which both come as automatics.

The Rio has a new engine, a 1.4 litre DOHC CVVT petrol unit that produces 74kW at 6000rpm and 130Nm of torque at 6000rpm.

It meets the top mark for emission levels and has extremely low fuel consumption of 5.6 l/100km for the manual model and 6.2 l/100km for the automatic.

The bigger engine is one of three additions for the new Rio range, which has a reversing camera as standard and a GPS in the EX and Limited models.

Advanced high-strength steel forms the basis of a safety package that includes six airbags, reverse parking sensors, straight-line stability, cornering brake control and electronic stability control.

This is a zesty little performer that is right at home in an urban situation and a comfortable drive outside the 50kmh limit. It is also extremely quiet.

Its road presence is enhanced by smart cornering lights, LED rear tail lights, LED daytime running lights and LED side indicators.

A smart key just has to be in the driver’s bag or pocket for the vehicle to open and start, and the steering wheel allows for easy engagement of cruise control, adjusting the stereo or taking calls using hands-free Bluetooth.

Behind the scenes, the electrochromatic mirror automatically dulls the glare of the following headlights while the auto defog system detects any moisture on the windscreen, and adjusts the heat and fan settings to clear the windscreen.

The air conditioning system automatically maintains the desired temperature and the customisable supervision cluster keeps you up with trip data, fuel consumption and the outside air temperature.

At night an array of lights comes on when you approach or leave your car, and the auto headlights turn on and off depending on the level of outside light. The windscreen wipers turn on when it rains and adjust their speed to how heavy the rain is.

Kia has launched something of a pricing blitz with the 2017 model, with a no- deposit, 60-month, weekly payment system.

The $18,990 LX manual is available at $89 a week, the $20,490 LX auto is $96, the $22,940 EX comes at $107 and the top of the range $23,990 Limited goes at $112 a week.

Kia backs that up with a five-year warranty programme, five-year roadside assist and 24/7 incident assist.

It is all designed to get the new Rio, the next generation of a highly- popular model, off to a flying start.

KIA is holding nothing back with the launch of its 2017 Rio model, a bigger and more powerful vehicle packed with comfort features, including some new ones, and has some special offers to help get it under way.

There are four models, the LX which has a choice of a four-speed automatic or six- speed manual transmission, and the higher- specced EX Auto and EX Limited which both come as automatics.

The Rio has a new engine, a 1.4 litre DOHC CVVT petrol unit that produces 74kW at 6000rpm and 130Nm of torque at 6000rpm.

It meets the top mark for emission levels and has extremely low fuel consumption of 5.6 l/100km for the manual model and 6.2 l/100km for the automatic.

The bigger engine is one of three additions for the new Rio range, which has a reversing camera as standard and a GPS in the EX and Limited models.

Advanced high-strength steel forms the basis of a safety package that includes six airbags, reverse parking sensors, straight-line stability, cornering brake control and electronic stability control.

This is a zesty little performer that is right at home in an urban situation and a comfortable drive outside the 50kmh limit. It is also extremely quiet.

Its road presence is enhanced by smart cornering lights, LED rear tail lights, LED daytime running lights and LED side indicators.

A smart key just has to be in the driver’s bag or pocket for the vehicle to open and start, and the steering wheel allows for easy engagement of cruise control, adjusting the stereo or taking calls using hands-free Bluetooth.

Behind the scenes, the electrochromatic mirror automatically dulls the glare of the following headlights while the auto defog system detects any moisture on the windscreen, and adjusts the heat and fan settings to clear the windscreen.

The air conditioning system automatically maintains the desired temperature and the customisable supervision cluster keeps you up with trip data, fuel consumption and the outside air temperature.

At night an array of lights comes on when you approach or leave your car, and the auto headlights turn on and off depending on the level of outside light. The windscreen wipers turn on when it rains and adjust their speed to how heavy the rain is.

Kia has launched something of a pricing blitz with the 2017 model, with a no- deposit, 60-month, weekly payment system.

The $18,990 LX manual is available at $89 a week, the $20,490 LX auto is $96, the $22,940 EX comes at $107 and the top of the range $23,990 Limited goes at $112 a week.

Kia backs that up with a five-year warranty programme, five-year roadside assist and 24/7 incident assist.

It is all designed to get the new Rio, the next generation of a highly- popular model, off to a flying start.

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