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2018-12-11 09:58
2018 Kia Rio

Image: Motorpress

Kia Motors South Africa has introduced a new 6-speed automatic transmission to its Rio compact hatchback range, replacing the brand's well-known and reliable 4-speed automatic transmission that has served in the fourth-generation range since its local introduction in June 2017.

The new transmission not only endows Rio with a smoother driving experience but also results in increased performance. Kia’s trusted 1.4-litre MPI engine produces 74kW at 6 300r/min and 135Nm at 4 200r/min.

Mechanical improvements

Mated with the new 6-speed automatic transmission, acceleration to 100km/h improved from 13.2 seconds to 12.9 seconds, while maximum speed increases from 166km/h to 175km/h.

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The 1.4 is available with three specification options, namely the mid-spec LX, a mid-high spec EX and the high-spec TEC (the Rio 1.2 LS remains unchanged in the line-up).

The 1.4 LX features an extensive list of standard features, including air-conditioning, electric windows, electric side mirrors, central locking with an alarm and immobiliser, a radio system with RDS as well as MP3, auxiliary and USB connectivity, six speakers, steering wheel-mounted remote audio controls, a rear USB charging port, rake and reach adjustable steering, automatic headlight control, front fog lights, LED Daytime Running Lights and 15-inch alloy wheels, to name but a few.

Improvements all-round

The next derivative in the range – the Rio EX – builds on the already extensive standard features of the LX model through the addition of projection headlamps and LED rear combination lamps, as well as a 7" Touchscreen Infotainment System that incorporates a Rear Park Assist System with integrated rear-view camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2018 Kia Rio

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The range-topping Rio TEC adds further comfort and convenience to the EX grade through the addition of machine-finished 17" alloy wheels, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, as well as Cruise Control, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, alloy pedals and leather upholstery.

An optional sunroof is available for Rio Tec models for an additional R8 000.

All Rio’s ship as standard with Kia’s class-leading 5-year / Unlimited km Warranty, inclusive of 5-years / Unlimited km Roadside Assistance. The Rio 1.2 includes a 2-year/30 000km Service Plan, while the Rio 1.4 includes a 4-year / 60 000km Service Plan.

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