Kia’s small car line-up will be replaced by new models in 2017, beginning with a new Rio this spring.
The new model will be slightly larger and roomier than the car it replaces, and will be five-door-only in Europe.
Minimum boot capacity of 325 litres makes it one of the largest in its class, while leg room and shoulder room inside is also increased.
The Rio will gain a new petrol engine – the Hyundai-Kia 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit will be offered. Diesel engines are carried over and are targeting sub-90g/km for CO2.
It will also be available with Kia’s ‘advanced driver assist systems’ (ADAS), including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, as well as a lane departure warning system.
Drivers will also be able to integrate compatible smartphones with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces.