Kia Rio refreshed

Kia Rio refreshed with added specification and more value

Reuben Van Niekerk
New model
Kia Rio

Kia have introduced a refreshed and revised Rio range, featuring enhancements to its exterior design and increased standard specification across the range as well as a notably improved value offering.


Exterior updates for the Rio’s mid-life refresh have been kept to a minimum, with the bulk of the design enhancements concentrated at the front of the car. It retains its iconic tiger-nose grille, narrowed for a more focused appearance. The grille redesign is matched by a lower, wider front bumper and distinctive new fog lamp housing.


Interior improvements

Inside the Rio’s user-friendly interior ergonomics remain in tact, making use of all major functions a cinch. The main upgrade is the update of the colour touchscreen interface from seven-inches to eight-inches, which is now standard across the Rio range.

Front seat occupants benefit from standard USB and auxiliary-in ports, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which is as much a convenience as a safety feature in the mobile-first reality. An additional 12V power socket is also available for additional charging devices. All models feature steering wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free telephony.


Familiar power plants

Kia has chosen to retain the familiar and popular power plants that have done duty in the Rio since its launch in 2017, meaning that it is still available with a choice of 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre multi-point injection petrol engines.

The 1.25-litre engine produces 61kW at 6 000 rpm and 120Nm at 4 000 rpm. The 1.4-litre boasts 73 kW at 6 300 rpm and 135 Nm at 4 200 rpm. Power is transferred to the front wheels, either through a five-speed manual transmission on the Rio 1.25, or a six-speed manual or automatic transmission in the Rio 1.4.


More features, more value

The refreshed Rio range also retains four specification grades. Along with driver and passenger front airbags, including side and curtain airbags, in the TEC model, the Rio features Isofix child seat anchors, ABS, ESC and Hill Start Control from the LX grade onwards.

As an entry point into the Rio range, Kia still offers the 1.2 LS but will now offer a 1.4 LS too, in manual and automatic guise. This spec level now includes air-conditioning, electric windows, central locking, six-speaker sound system, steering wheel mounted audio controls and rake a reach adjustable steering. Apart from the standard eight-inch touchscreen that is now available across the range, Rio LS models also gain 15-inch alloy wheels.

Retaining all the specification on offer in the Rio LS, The Rio LX, which is only available with the 1.4-litre engine gains front fog lights, a centre console arm rest, a leather wrapped steering wheel and gear-shift lever and a new 4.2-inch LCD supervision instrument cluster. Side mirrors now include an auto folding function with integrated indictors, while the vehicles lighting system gains automatic light control with a welcome home function.

The Rio EX, also only available with the 1.4-litre engine, builds on the already extensive standard features of the LX model through the addition of projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and rear park assistance with integrated rear-view camera but is also visually updated by the standard inclusion of a 17-inch alloy wheel.

The familiar Rio TEC remains the halo model in the Rio range. Also available only with the 1.4-litre engine, it gains features over the EX model such as automatic air-conditioning, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, LED rear combination lamps, cruise control, an electro chromatic rear-view mirror, alloy pedals and leather upholstery.




Kia Rio 1.2 LS Manual              R280 995

Kia Rio 1.4 LS Manual              R291 995

Kia Rio 1.4 LS Auto                   R308 995

Kia Rio 1.4 LX Manual             R306 995

Kia Rio 1.4 LX Auto                   R323 995

Kia Rio 1.4 EX Manual             R319 995

Kia Rio 1.4 EX Auto                   R336 995

Kia Rio 1.4 TEC Manual           R344 995

Kia Rio 1.4 TEC Auto                R361 995