Kia claims that, like the Picanto, the Rio will also be a step up in terms of quality and refinement.
The new Rio will start from around £10,000 and come with 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol engines. There'll also be a 1.4 diesel and a 1.1 that averages 88mpg and emits just 85g/km.
Kia hopes the car will steal sales from not only the 89g/km Toyota Prius hybrid, but also from VW’s Golf Bluemotion. Expect the eco Rio to be cheaper than both these cars.
In October, the arrival of a three-door model will bolster the Picanto range, while in December the Optima family car will be launched.
Kia is a little frustrated that it'll have to wait for the estate version of the Optima, however, because it feels the saloon that arrives first will appeal less to fleet buyers.
Both models are based on the