Fresh look, added accessories and college account prices – but aciculate drive-away deals – for upgraded ablaze hatch
The 2021 Kia Rio has accustomed in Australia, bringing a beginning exoteric design, upgraded infotainment and added accepted accessories including bigger assurance for some variants, alongside amount hikes beyond the range.
Now accessible afterwards prices were appear in July, the facelifted Kia Rio auto ambit continues to comprise three archetypal variants spanning two engines and three chiral choices.
Prices now alpha at $18,090 additional on-road costs (up $600 from $17,490) or $18,990 drive-away for the entry-level Kia Rio S manual.
The mid-range Kia Rio Sport gets the better amount access and is now priced at $19,590 additional ORCs (up $1300 from $18,290), or $20,990 drive-away.
An automated chiral adds $2300 to the account amount of both models, putting the cheapest Rio auto at $20,390 additional ORCs and the Rio Sport at $21,890 additional ORCs.
However, drive-away barrage deals for the best accepted auto variants see the abject Rio S priced at aloof $19,990 drive-away ($400 beneath than the account price) and the Rio Sport at $21,990 drive-away (just $100 added than the RRP) – see the abounding amount account below.
Again topping the agency is the Kia Rio GT-Line auto, now priced at $23,990 additional ORCs ($400 added than before), or aloof $500 added at $24,490 drive-away.
These prices abide to accomplish the Kia Rio a battling for budget-priced ablaze hatches priced from beneath $20,000, including the Honda Jazz, Mitsubishi Mirage, MG3, Suzuki Swift, Renault Clio, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo (the Mazda2 starts at $20,990 and the new Toyota Yaris at $22,130).
Major changes to the fourth-generation Kia Rio bear including revised front-end architecture including a new avant-garde bonanza and grille, upgraded multimedia for all models and new disciplinarian abetment systems for mid- and high-spec variants.
All versions of the Korean bunched car are adapted as accepted with an 8.0-inch axial touch-screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automated headlights, a abandoning camera and rear parking sensors.
All grades additionally appear with six airbags, traction/stability control, anti-lock brakes and three top-tether and two ISOFIX adolescent bench anchorages.
Kia has now added a few added avant-garde assurance features, including lane befitting and afterward abetment and disciplinarian absorption alert, but these are alone begin on Sport and GT-Line variants.
The Kia Rio additionally misses out on things like adaptive cruise ascendancy and alley assurance assist, which is offered in the new Toyota Yaris and in Rio cartage in added markets.
The entry-level Kia Rio S additionally misses out on free emergency braking (AEB) but the absolute archetypal ambit retains its best ANCAP assurance appraisement from 2017.
The Rio S and Sport models are powered by a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol agent (74kW/133Nm) absorbed up to a six-speed chiral or accepted six-speed automated transmission.
GT-Line flagships get a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol comminute (74kW/172Nm) that pumps through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
There is additionally a three-cylinder mild-hybrid powertrain dubbed Smartstream, but this is not offered in Australia.
As able-bodied as the bigger 8.0-inch infotainment awning and wireless smartphone apery functionality, entry-level Rio S models get chiral air-conditioning, cloth-upholstered seats (six-way manually adjustable for the driver’s seat), a six-speaker stereo, USB-A ports for avant-garde and rear cartage and 60:40-split folding rear seats.
Mid- and top-spec models additionally accretion a 4.2-inch colour affectation as the centerpiece of the apparatus panel, additional acrimonious and power-folding exoteric mirrors, cruise ascendancy and 17-inch admixture wheels.
In addition, top-spec GT-Line models add automated altitude ascendancy air-conditioning, automated windscreen wipers, a sports council wheel, admixture pedals, faux carbon-fibre berth highlights and an automated de-fogging system.
Exterior add-ons for the Kia Rio GT-Line accommodate a sports anatomy kit, LED daytime active lights, LED fog lights, a rear spoiler, different grille, atramentous mirror cowls and brave windows.
The alone advantage is brownish acrylic for $520 and seven colours will be offered for S and Sport models (six for the GT-Line).
Sales of the Kia Rio are bottomward by 22 per cent appropriately far in 2020, in band with the all-embracing COVID19-affected bazaar slump. The Rio has begin 3467 homes so far this year, accounting for a 15 per cent allotment of the ablaze car pie.
The top-selling agent in the articulation is the MG3 with a 17.9 per cent bazaar allotment (4138 sales), advanced of the Toyota Yaris with a 15.7 per cent allotment (3624 sales) and the Rio.
How abundant does the 2021 Kia Rio cost?S chiral – $18,090 ($18,990)S auto – $20,390 ($19,990)Sport chiral – $19,590 $20,990Sport auto – $21,890 $21,990GT-Line auto – $23,990 $24,490* Prices exclude on-road costs (drive-away prices in brackets)