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Kia Rio


The new Kia Rio goes on sale in the UK on 1st September and the 1.1 CRDi version will emit just 85 g/km CO
along with 88 mpg , making it one of the UK’s most economical cars .

The new Kia Rio will be available with four engines – two petrol and two diesel – including a 1.1-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel.

Fitted with 15-inch wheels and Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving technologies – including Intelligent Stop & Go engine technology, low rolling resistance tyres, a drag-reducing front grille, gearshift indicator and rear spoiler – this model is capable of 88.3 mpg, with CO 2 emissions of only 85 g/km.

All 1.1-litre diesel versions of the new Rio five-door have CO 2 emissions below 100 g/km and combined cycle fuel economy of at least 74.3 mpg, along with 74bhp and 170Nm of torque.

EcoDynamics technologies will be a standard feature with all new Rio diesels, including the 1.4-litre models scheduled to be added to the line-up shortly after launch. The 1.4-litre diesel is a four-cylinder engine which develops 89 bhp and 220 Nm of torque. Economy and emissions figures are 70.6 mpg combined and 105 g/km CO 2 .

There are also two petrol engines in the new Rio. The entry-level unit is the 1.25-litre engine which recently made its debut in the new Kia Picanto . This engine develops 83 bhp and 121 Nm of torque. The new Rio is also available with Kia’s 1.4-litre engine, developing 107 bhp and 137 Nm of torque as well as the option of an automatic gearbox.

The new Rio is longer, wider and lower than the model it replaces, with a 70mm longer wheelbase. The new Rio is no heavier than the outgoing car, despite the increase in size and a higher specification across the range.

Every new Rio, as with all Kias, is covered by a warranty extending to seven years or 100,000 miles and is fully transferable to subsequent owners.

The Rio 3-door will have its global debut at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt motorshow.