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Kia upgrades the Rio for 2021

The Kia Rio offers several small car accommodation benefits, due to slightly larger dimensions compared to most of its supermini rivals.

The Rio dimensions bring a little extra length and body width to the small car category and a generous 325-litres of boot space.

And there is plenty of model choice – including the modern rarity of a manual transmission. Thankfully, there’s no four-speed automatic in sight.

Just introduced to the New Zealand market are model year 2021 updates for the Rio which enhance its safety credentials and provide additional convenience features. There are now six model variants with a new GT Line+ added as the top-of-the-range model.

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The Rio’s safety equipment roster has been boosted for 2021 with forward collision avoidance assist (FCA) - detecting cars, pedestrians and cyclists – becoming standard across the range.

Also fitted to every Rio model are lane keep assist (LKA), lane follow assist (LFA) and driver attention Alert (DAA), where driver steering inputs and patterns are monitored using cameras and sensors, with an audio/visual warning issued if driver fatigue or inattention is detected.

The Rio EX, Limited and newly introduced GT Line+ gain blind spot collision avoidance (BCA), smart cruise control and rear cross traffic collision avoidance (RCCA).

Another significant enhancement is the inclusion of a larger 8-inch touchscreen multimedia unit across the range, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now available on LX and GT Line. Satellite navigation is fitted to the EX, Limited and GT Line+ models.

All Rio models have a new 4.2-inch colour supervision cluster displaying important driver information.

The 2021 model year upgrade also sees climate control air conditioning, front parking sensors, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror and rain-sensing wipers standard for EX grade and above.

The visual changes are minor with Kia’s signature ``tiger-nose’’ grille reshaped to give a more focused appearance. This is matched by a lower, wider front bumper with a distinctive new fog lamp housing.

​All Rio models sport LED daytime running lights, while the Limited and GT Line+ are fitted with LED bi-function projection headlights with cornering headlight control and also LED rear lights. The new GT Line+ the receives “ice-cube’’ quad LED fog light clusters.

Standard on all Rio models are rear parking sensors, immobiliser and remote keyless entry. Climate control air conditioning and smart key access with push-button start are fitted to the EX, Limited, GT Line and GT Line+.

Mechanically, there are no changes to the 1.4-litre petrol engine and 6-speed manual and auto transmissions. The 1368cc fuel-injected engine develops 74kW at 6000rpm and 133Nm of torque at 4000rpm with combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.0L/100km (or 5.6L/100km for the LX manual)

The Rio GT Line and GT Line+ are powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol with 74kW output at 4500rpm and a significant torque boost with 172Nm delivered from 1500-4000rpm.

The turbo engine paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and combined cycle fuel consumption is 5.7L/100km.

The expanded line-up of six Rio models opens with a $22,990 entry price for the LX manual while the LX with six-speed auto is $24,990. LX models have 15-inch alloy wheels.

It’s another $2000 step to the EX grade with the 1.4 litre engine, six-speed auto and 16-inch alloy wheels while the 1.4 Limited is $27,990.

The GT Line is $29,990 and the new GT Line+ grade - which adds satellite navigation, bi-function LED headlights and LED taillights - is the flagship model at $31,990. The 1.4 Limited and both 1.0-litre turbo variants have 17-inch alloy wheels.



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