Kia has released official photos of its new Rio before it makes a public appearance at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October. Initial reports suggest the new car will be both longer and wider than the outgoing model and could, as a result, offer improved cabin space and a more capacious boot.
Kia hopes this well-built supermini will bring the fight to rivals such as the Hyundai i20 and Ford Fiesta. Indeed, if it boasts a similarly comfortable ride, cheap running costs and spacious cabin as the outgoing model, it could prove to be a tempting prospect. Read on for full details…
Kia has lowered the new car’s roof to help give it a sportier stance and lengthened its wheelbase by a subtle 10mm. The most apparent changes, however, are the revised front grille, broad new headlights and a pair of daytime running lights nestled inside two black trim pieces.
The new Rio’s less curvaceous rear sports a pair of updated brake light that appear to feature LED technology. The bumper is fitted with a modified black panel at its lowermost edge and the previous car’s L-shaped reflectors have been lost in favour of two slimmer items mounted beside the number plate. In addition to these subtle changes, the new car looks noticeably stockier than before and features a strong new crease running across its doors.
The interior has been treated to a comprehensive refresh, too. Not only is a new selection of materials and trims on offer but an all-new infotainment system sits in pride of place on the more deeply sculpted dashboard.
The new Rio is expected to cost approximately the same as the outgoing model – entry-level versions could cost less than £11,000 while top-spec cars could set you back close to £17,500. Kia has hinted that production of European cars will start before 2017.
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New Kia Rio price, specs and release date (updated August 2016)
2017 Kia Rio – exterior
These sketches show that, although the new Rio will look more aggressive than the current model, its styling will be an evolution of the outgoing car rather than a radical redesign.
The likeness between the car in the spy shots and the Kia sketches is clear – they share a new front grille, LED daytime running lights, LED brake lights and a rear spoiler. We expect the new car’s wheelbase to be longer than the current model and, as a result, it should offer greater space inside for both occupants and luggage.
2017 Kia Rio – interior
Not only will the new Rio be more spacious than the outgoing model but we expect it to come with more standard equipment and safety features, too. Build quality could also be improved to help Kia compete with more premium rivals.
2017 Kia Rio – engines
No official details have been announced, but a range of new engines, alongside a few familiar units such as the 1.6-litre GDI, could feature in the Rio’s 2017 lineup. The new turbocharged 1.0-litre T-GDI from the Hyundai i20 is expected to be available, as is a 1.6-litre T-GDI in speedy GT guise.
2017 Kia Rio price and release date
Prices are expected to stay close to the outgoing model with entry-level versions priced at approximately £11,000. Production will start in Europe at the end of 2016 – the first round of customers should receive their cars in the first half of 2017.
Save money on your new Kia Rio
When a new car is being readied for launch, many dealers will offer significant discounts on the current model to clear space in their showrooms. View the best carwow deals currently available using our Kia Rio configurator. If you’re not sure what to buy, read our list of the 10 best superminis currently on sale or let our deals pages and car chooser tool help you make a decision.