A new ‘Brazilian’ Korean in Paris

For the occasion of the Paris Motor Show, Kia has given its Rio a light redesign. This remodelling is more aesthetic than technical. According to Kia, the Rio should be better armed so as not to fall behind the competition. It’s true that, for this segment, the compact Korean has to face up against the Clio, 208, Corsa, Fiesta and Polo cars which are the stars of the category

Concretely, the Rio’s front has had a slight evolution which gives it a bit more charm. We notice that the fascia has been redrawn, the interior of the headlights reviewed, and that the fog lights have a new shape. At the rear, the black part at the bottom of the bumper is also new and it has reviewed reflectors at its extremities. Elsewhere, Kia is offering new 15, 16 and 17 inch rims, as well as two new bodywork colours (Urban Blue and Digital Yellow).

The interior, for its part, has gained a bit of chrome and its new central console has an integrated sound system. For the options, we also find a numeric radio, a navigation system that stands out with its 7 inch screen, as well as grey imitation leather upholstery.

To run the Rio, the Korean manufacturer can count on four different engines whose power ranges from 75 to 109 horsepower. Each engine as a Stop&Start as standard, and many systems to help reduce consumption. Amongst them, we find an optimised control of the alternator, a more efficient starter, and tyres with low resistance to driving. The Rio will be in dealerships in the beginning of 2015.

In your opinion, does this redesign make the Rio more attractive?