2017 Kia Rio launched in Australia

New-generation Kia Rio launched in Australia from $16,990...

There’s a new-generation Kia Rio landing in Australian dealerships now, prices again kick-off from $16,990.

Reporting from the Australian launch of the 2017 Kia Rio, I will bring you a first drive review of the new model tomorrow.

We can however report on the nuts and bolts of the new model, an offering labeled as a “very important car for us” by the head of Kia Australia, Damien Meredith.

Powered once again exclusively by a 1.4 litre engine, power and torque figures are down slightly on the superseded model (thanks to stiffer emissions regulations in Europe) with new outputs of 73kW/133Nm.

Transmission choice also remains the same - 4-speed auto or six-speed manual.

While there will also still be three model grades in the Rio line-up - S, Si and SLi.

So, what’s changed for 2017? A fair few things, including:

  • Introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard
  • Reverse camera now standard across the range
  • Sat-nav standard in Si and SLi
  • Digital radio standard in Si and SLi
  • Rear USB charger
  • Increased external dimensions
  • Larger cabin with up to 8mm of extra legroom
  • 10% larger boot space (325 litres)

Kia tell us the new Rio drives and rides better thanks to a new stiffer body shell and redesigned suspension.

While road noise and engine noise levels are also said to be down on the previous model.

2017 Kia Rio Australian Pricing:

  • Kia Rio S Manual - from $16,990
  • Kia Rio S Auto - from $19,090
  • Kia Rio Si Auto - from $21,490
  • Kia Rio SLi Auto - from $22,990

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