Kia puts a price on new Rio

19 September 2005

The new Kia Rio has gone on sale from less than £8000 whether you choose a petrol or diesel model.

Kia Rio from £7995

The new Kia Rio has gone on sale from less than £8000 whether you choose a petrol or diesel model.

Diesel cars usually cost about £1000 more than their petrol equivalents, however the entry-level 1.4 petrol or 1.5 diesel GS both cost £7995.

Kia's new 96bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine makes its world debut in the Rio. Its average fuel economy is 44.8mpg with a manual gearbox and 39.2mpg with an automatic.

The 109bhp 1.5-litre diesel version is only available as a manual, and has average fuel economy of 60.1mpgm while also beating the petrol car's 0-62mph time – 11.5sec against 12.3sec.

The new Rio is taller, wider and has a longer wheelbase than the model it replaces. Kia also says it is better equipped than the outgoing version.

The entry-level GS has air-conditioning, front electric windows, power steering, front airbags, electronic brakeforce distribution, and an MP3/CD player as standard.

The £8995 LX is also available with a petrol or diesel engine, and gains 15-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, front foglights, rear electric windows, side and curtain airbags, active head restraints, and an alarm.

For £9995, the Dynamic pack gives a sportier look with a rear spoiler and sunroof, and there is an electronic stability programme as standard.

Visit whatcar.com on Friday for a full review of the new Rio.

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