The Rio became the brand’s globally best selling model in 2015 with a sales number of 473.000, which accounts for 16% of KIA’s annual sales.

Now entering the market with its fourth generation, the all-new Rio offers B-segment automobile buyers a compelling model with an attractive new design, high practicality, advanced safety technologies and new connectivity features. 

KIA’s most counted-on model Rio’s new generation model presents key strengths of the previous model only in a more enhanced way, bringing together a more attractive design and a more enjoyable drive with the most advanced safety features in its class. Designed to meet the needs and desires of a wider range of buyers, the all-new Rio is expected to assume its place beside Sportage and cee’d, KIA’s best sellers in Europe.

The all-new Rio will be manufactured in KIA’s Sohari manufacturing facility in Korea and will on sale globally and in Turkey during the first quarter of 2017.

Exterior design: Distinctive features defined by straight lines
The Rio’s improved new exterior and interior designs were made in KIA’s design centers in Germany and California in close collaboration with the company’s domestic design center based in Namyang, Korea. The all-new Rio features an updated finish defined by straight lines and smooth surfacing, giving the model a distinctive new look and a more mature character than its predecessor. 

At the front, the all-new Rio boasts KIA’s latest evolution, ‘tiger-nose’ grille. Tiger nose grill is now thinner, more lightweight and wider across the front of the car, coated in glossy black. The grille is integrated with the new bi-function headlamps which have been designed for a sharper look, featuring the new U-shaped LED daytime running lights. The Rio’s front fog lamp surrounds have been moved outwards and upwards on the front bumper compared to the third-generation model, adding greater visual depth to the front of the car while achieving an overall stronger look. 

The new model is 15 mm longer than its predecessor: 4,065 mm wide and 5 mm shorter (1,450 mm long). Straight, clearly-defined lines run along the sides of the car through the doors, further enhancing the car’s self-confident style. 

The all-new Rio’s rear section is now more upright, with a near-vertical rear windscreen and a shorter overhang. The straight line that extends from the grille, through the headlamps and along the doors continues toward the back of the car, merging at the end with thinner, more sculpted rear lamps which now feature a new LED light strip signature. Like the model’s wider-looking ‘face’, the rear design of the all-new Rio gives out a stronger overall look.

The all-new Rio will be on sale in Turkey with a choice of eight body colors and three steel-aluminum alloy wheel designs, ranging from 15-inch to 17-inch in diameter. 

Interior design: A modern cabin design
Among the all-new KIA Rio’s features is a new, sculpted and modern cabin that has been designed more ergonomically, compared to the previous model. The interior design accommodates Rio’s new range of technologies. 

Interior cabin has been designed, just like the body of the car, to create a spacious effect that features straight lines to add a sense of depth to the dashboard, leaving an impression on the passengers of sitting in a wider cabin. Besides the horizontal lines that govern the shape of the dashboard, horizontal vents replacing the vertical vents of the third generation model add to the visual depth of the cabin. 

The dashboard provides the car with a more driver-focused design and a more premium character. At the center of the dashboard is a high resolution touch screen. The driver-oriented center console features switches and rotator dials to control the heating and ventilation. The all-new Rio comes in black or gray seat upholstery.

Practicality: Greater cabin and cargo space, with improved all-round visibility 
The Rio will be best car with the most spacious cabin and highest cargo capacity (325 liters) in its class when it goes on sale, with practicality being a key focus for the Rio’s development and engineering teams.

The new Rio boasts a larger cabin and higher cargo capacity with extended wheelbase by 10 mm and longer body by 15 mm. Leg room has expanded to 1,120 mm in the front and 770 mm in the rear. The new model also offers more shoulder room than most of the cars in its class: 1.374 mm in the front and 1.355 mm in the rear. Despite being 5 mm shorter in height than its predecessor, the all-new Rio’s front and rear headroom (1,021 mm and 966 mm respectively) is among the best in the B-segment.

The all-new Rio improvements include re-profiled door trims, new headlining materials, and changes to the shape of the dashboard. Furthermore, thinner C-pillars – reduced in width by 87 mm – and relocated door mirrors (moved up to the base of the A-pillar) help minimize the driver’s blind spots and improve all-round visibility. Lower window lines around the cabin and new rear vent glasses also give the driver and passengers a better view out.

The Rio’s cabin offers more storage space than its predecessors. At the base of the center console is an open double tray to store mobile devices and other small items, while the overhead console provides some space where you can store your sunglasses. The glove compartment has been designed as a single-box. The all-new Rio has bottle holders on every door (to accommodate 1.5liter bottles in the front and 0.5-liter bottles in the rear sides) and two larger cup holders in the front. The doors also feature closed-bottom storage holes in the door handles, useful for storing small items such as a mobile phone or coins. An optional armrest is also available, adding further storage capacity to the cabin.

Cargo capacity has also increased by 37 liters to 325 liters (VDA; +13%), which makes the model among the best in its class. This extra space has been ensured in spite of the Rio’s shortened rear overhang by 15 mm to be 655 mm which is a key element of the car’s new design. The all-new Rio features a split-level boot floor, which enables owners to change the height of the boot floor to fit items under the floor to prevent objects rolling around. Split-folding rear seats and a tire mobility kit under the boot floor are already among Rio’s standard features. An optional spare wheel is also available. 

The fuel tank located under the rear bench has a 45-liter capacity, which is two liters more than the earlier model.

The KIA Rio will be powered by a naturally-aspirated 1,25 liter and a 1,4 liter MPI (multi-point injection) gasoline engine. The 84 PS 1.25-litre engine generates its peak power at 6,000 RPM and 122 NM torque at 4,000 RPM; the 1.4-liter produces 100 PS at 6,000 RPM and 132 NM torque at 4,000 RPM. At the end of the final tests, both engines are expected to deliver CO2 emissions under 120 g/km.

For even lower emissions, the all-new Rio will also be sold with a 1.4-liter diesel engine producing 90 PS. Regardless of power output, the 1.4-liter diesel engine will be capable of emitting CO2 at the lowest level. In the Rio line-up, KIA engineers are targeting CO2 emissions under 90 g/km with ISG system.

All engines apply power to the front wheels either through a five-speed manual transmission for 1.25-liter or a four-speed automatic transmission for the 1.4-liter gasoline engine. Six speed manual transmission will be offered for 1.4-liter diesel engine.

Safety: ADAS assistive technologies and a five-star Euro NCAP target 
Once it is on sale, the all-new Rio will be one of the safest cars in its class, equipped with a package of KIA’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The all-new Rio has a solid steel body, featuring a wide array of passive safety equipment. The car has been engineered to meet the most demanding crash safety test criteria around the world. 

Targeting a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating when fitted with optional ADAS technology, the all-new Rio will be the first car in B-segment to feature Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian recognition. The Rio’s AEB system uses a long-range radar detection system to stop the car* when it detects potential collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians. AEB is also paired with a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), which alerts the driver when strayed out of the lane without using indicators.

The all-new Rio’s bonnet is made up of a significant proportion of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). The extensive use of AHSS in the body of Rio is part of KIA’s wider effort to achieve a 5% reduction in the average weight of new car bodies by 2020 when compared to 2014, while enabling greater safety and security. 51% of the all-new Rio’s body is made out of stronger, but lighter AHSS, while it was used at the ratio of 33% for the manufacturing of the third-generation model.

The more intensive use of AHSS has strengthened the passenger cabin ‘cell’ for greater occupant safety and more effective distribution of impact force. A stronger steel material has been used to reinforce the A and B pillars, as well as side sills, roof structure, engine bay and floor pan. 

The all-new Rio is fitted with six airbags throughout the cabin, as well as ISOFIX child-seat tether.

Driving: More engaging and stable handling during a comfortable ride
Incredibly safe to drive, the all-new Rio also seeks to add to the driver engagement offered by the third-generation model. KIA’s chassis development teams have sought to introduce greater driving appeal, with more agile and immediate handling, while improving comfort of the ride. The all-new Rio sits on fully-independent MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear axle.

The development of a stiffer bonnet gave R&D teams the freedom to develop a more compliant suspension system. The all-new Rio benefits from a revised spring and damper set-up compared to the previous model. While improving the car’s compliance and comfort at all speeds, KIA has added features to provide an even more enjoyable and engaging handling and ride.

On top of the new package of ADAS technologies, the all-new Rio is fitted with KIA’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) systems.VSM ensures stability under braking and cornering, detecting a loss in traction and using ESC to help the driver keep the car on course. 

Connectivity: full Android and Apple smart phone integration 
Infotainment system at the centre of the dashboard brings together KIA’s newest features. 

Rio’s Android Auto™ system has been designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher. Available from the launch, Android Auto™ connects to the user’s phone and lets them access smart phone apps and functions through in-car infotainment system, providing voice-guided Google Maps navigation, hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition. Android Auto™ also lets car occupants stream music from Google Play Music™ and other services.

Apple CarPlay™ enables iPhone 5 and newer models to fully employ Siri voice control to access various functions and apps, including navigation via Apple Maps, calls and text dictation. Apple CarPlay™ also supports other audio apps that the user may have downloaded– such as music streaming or audiobook services. 

KIA Rio will be the first car in the B-segment that is equipped with USB ports in both the front and rear of the cabin, enabling users to physically connect a mobile device to the Rio’s infotainment system, and recharge batteries on the move.

*Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is an assistance system and does not relieve the driver from his/her responsibility to safely operate the vehicle at all times. The driver still has to adapt his/her driving behaviour to his/her personal driving capabilities, to the legal requirements and to the overall road and traffic conditions. AEBS has not been designed to drive the vehicle autonomously.


1.25-liter/ 84 PS MPI gasoline
Type:                                    Four - cylinder in line, naturally-aspirated
Capacity:                              1.25-liter, 1.248 cc
Cylinder diameter and stroke: 71.0 x 79.0 mm
Maximum power                    84 PS (62 kW) @ 6.000 RPM
Maximum torque                    122 NM (90 lb ft) @ 4.000 RPM
Valves                                   16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system                           multi-point injection
Emission class                       Euro Stage 6b

1.4-liter/ 100 PS MPI gasoline
Type:                                    Four - cylinder in line, naturally-aspirated
Capacity                               1,4-liter, 1.368 cc
Cylinder diameter and stroke: 77.0 x 75.0 mm
Maximum power                   100 PS (73 kW) @ 6.000 RPM
Maximum torque                    132 NM (97 lb ft) @ 4.000 RPM
Valves                                  16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system                          multi-point injection
Emission class                      Euro Stage 6b

1.4-liter/ 90 PS WGT diesel (high)
Type                                     Four - cylinder in line,, turbocharged
Capacity                               1,4-liter, 1.396 cc
Cylinder diameter and stroke: 75.0 x 79.0 mm
Maximum power                    90 PS (66 kW) @ 4.000 RPM
Maximum torque                    240 NM (177 lb ft) @ 1.500-2.500 RPM
Valves                                  16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system                          Constant pressure direct injection
Emission class                      Euro Stage 6b

Five speed manual transmission 
Six speed manual transmission
Four speed automatic transmission

Front wheels (all models)

Wheels and Tires
Standard            Steel 15-inch, 185/65 R15 tire
Optional             Alloy 15-inch, 185/65 R15 tire
                         Alloy 16-inch, 195/55 R16 tire        
Spare                Tire mobility kit or optional temporary spare wheel

Dimensions (mm)
General length        4.065        General depth*    1.725
General height        1.450        Wheel base        2.580
Front overhang        830        Rare overhang        655
*Excluding wing mirrors

1st liney          2nd line
Head room      1.021        966
Leg room         1.120        770
Shoulder room  1.375        1.355

Fuel tank        45 liters
Cargo (VDA)    325 liters