Kia shows off value-packed SR7 trim level

Kia has announced the release of a new trim level for 2015. The SR7 models will sit near the bottom of the range, but the added equipment levels come with only a modest increase in price.

What is it?

The SR7 trim will be available on the recently updated Rio and Venga, as well as the Carens mini MPV and cee’d hatchback. In each of these models, the SR7 will sit below the entry level “1” and middling “2” specifications. Following on from the similar VR7 models from the 2014 Kia range, they add equipment such as LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights and dual zone air conditioning, as well as new exterior colours and alloy wheel designs.

Each individual model receives specific upgrades too. The Rio SR7 gains Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB ports for the stereo, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, and unique 15-inch alloy wheels. Petrol versions get a new “Lemon Zest” paint colour, while diesels are offered in a new shade of silver. The Venga gains leather trim on the gear knob and steering wheel, as well as the similar stereo upgrades that feature on the Rio.

The Carens gains reversing sensors and roof rails, and the cee’d gains these options as well as a new set of 16-inch alloy wheels.

What powers them?

In the Rio, buyers can choose from either the 85hp 1.25-litre petrol or the 1.1 litre diesel engine that are available with other trim levels. The Venga and cee’d are available with 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines producing 98 and 89hp respectively, while the Carens is equipped with a 135hp 1.6 petrol or 115hp 1.7 diesel. Thanks to the addition of stop/start tech, the 1.6-litre petrol produces 120g/km of CO2 emissions, which means that it will now cost only £30 per year to tax.

How much do they cost?

Prices start at £10,345 for the three-door Rio SR7, which is only £200 more expensive than the cheapest (and much less well-equipped) Ford Fiesta. The other models are similarly good value, with the Venga 1.4 petrol costing £13,595, the three door pro_cee’d from £15,150 and the petrol Carens SR7 costs £19,295. All of the SR7 models are available to order now.

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