Video test Kia Rio 2017, a bet sophisticated and functional

The fourth-generation Kia Rio he made his debut at the last Paris Salon, introducing himself as the best-selling model of the Korean manufacturer in the entire world during the previous year. In fact, the three previous generations add up to nothing less than 2.5 million units sold globally. With its renewal, the best-selling Kia aspires to play a role even more prominent in the range, especially in Europe where the B segment is on the rise.

The new model will stand up to the traditional leaders in this category like the Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. A not always an easy task because these models are well established and feature a huge popularity after several decades cobbling together the fame. Directed at young audience, the Rio will attempt to win over new customers to the brand and will arrive at dealers spaniards in April.

The Rio has evolved, settling on a new platform, which it shares with the Hyundai i20 as also happens with other components. It is more of length, width, and under its predecessor, though its dimensions have changed very little: with a length of 4.06 m is situated in the heart of the competitive segment B.


The design centers of Kia in Germany and the USA worked together to give shape to the new River

The extinction of the bodywork of 3 doors in this category continues to advance and, unlike the previous generation, the new Rio is offered only with the body 5-door. In the end, the sales of the old Rio 3p accounted for less than 10% of the total. Also we will see in the national territory, the Rio Sedan will be available in other markets.

Design is understated but attractive

Being a global model, Kia seems to have not wanted to risk with the new image of their utility by attempting to satisfy all type of tastes. Shows less risky than the Sportage or Soul, and neither has the focus on youth and customizable of some of their rivals such as the new generations of the Nissan Micra or Citroen C3. Instead, the brand has decided to make outfits with a sleek design and discreet. It is a matter of tastes but it is clear that the result in general is attractive, with an air bit edgy but sophisticated and modern.

On the design front of the Rio 2017 gaze focuses on the characteristic grill tiger-nose of Kia, slender and with a glossy black finish. The optical groups extended show daytime running lights led with U-shaped and the lights antinieblas circulars are located at the ends of the bumper to give an impression of greater visual width. To conclude the review of the front highlight the ribbing on the hood which is joined with the pillar A.


Up to seven body colors. The image is the Signal

In the side view it is clear that has wanted to convey an image more dynamic and for this he has extended the front overhang and shortened the rear compared to its predecessor, giving the impression of a hood over and a silhouette more sporty. The distance between the axles has grown 1 cm and it can be footwear with wheels up to 17 inches. The straight lines run through the doors to give a sense of robustness, something which is reaffirmed with a wide pillar C.

At the back we find a most simple design. The rear window too upright to take advantage of more interior space and is finished off at the top by a small spoiler. The most prominent elements in the back of the urbanite Kia are, without doubt, the suggestive riders with signature led light in the form of an arrow.

If discrete is out, the same thing happens on the inside. The dashboard is full of straight lines, still a little sober. A clean design that conveys a greater feeling of space. The ergonomics is very good, the quality of the materials is correct for this segment and the adjustments are taken care of. The seats are very comfortable and enveloping, always upholstered in black cloth -in other markets may be grey fabric or leather-.


The box-type instruments Supervision has a TFT LCD screen
3.5′ inches

note that multimedia system screen floating up to 7 inches in the finishes top, framed with a piano-black finish. Encompasses the functions of audio, telephone and navigation and rear camera, in addition to providing the connectivity service of TomTom and have smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple Carplay.

Be grateful that you have kept some physical buttons around the screen as shortcuts, and that the room air-conditioning module is separate. Other brands integrate all the functions on the screen, which supposed to move through menus and submenus, even for the most ordinary actions, forcing the driver to remove his eyes from the road too often. The River you prefer to look for the functionality.

it Is clear that the cabin has been prioritized practicality, and comfort, with systems such as the keyless entry and start, numerous storage spaces and details unpublished in the segment as the USB socket in the rear seats. Habitability has not changed much over the previous model, but it is still the best, is very well taken advantage of. In any of the seats will accommodate passengers up to 1.85 m height, except in the narrow central square rear.


The infotainment system has a handling very intuitive

One of the strong points of the subcompact Kia is your load capacity, with a trunk of 325 litres of capacity which is the largest in the segment. Here it is also very functional, offering a double background which allows to better distribute the load space. The rear seats are folded in a proportion 60/40, leaving a base that is completely flat and a volume of 980 litres.

Without change automatic… at the moment

What engines are available? The initial offering consists of four options. In the section diesel is a engine 1.4 CRDi with two power levels, 77 HP and 90 HP. In regard to the selection of petrol is included a 1.2 CVVT of 84 HP and a 1.0 T-GDI 100 HP. They are all associated to a manual gearbox, six gears in the diesel and five gasoline. The introduction of an automatic transmission will not occur until 2018.

There are three levels of equipment referred to Concept, Drive and Tech. All engines can be combined with all the levels, with the only exception of the association CRDi 77 CV with a finished Tech. The finish > Line to the River you will come to the end of this year or the beginning of 2018 and will not be alone: at the same time expanded the range with the adoption of a propeller cutting more dynamic, the 1.0 T-GDI with 120 HP.

In the presentation of the model was not the CRDi 77 CV so that we have not been able to test it, the other three engines yes. CRDi 90 CV offers a good compromise between performance and consumption, although it is a bit rough and it costs 1,300 euros more than the T-GDI. For its part, the 1.2 CVVT 84 CV is smooth and quiet but not worth the effort, because it has a performance which is poor and spends more and walk less that the T-GDI.

The T-GDI of 100 HP is the smart choice. Has a good response throughout the rev range, a result very convenient for your push. The objections that can be put is that it transmits vibrations to the passenger compartment when it is cold and she cannot hide her condition for three-cylinder evidencing the peculiar sonority of this type of mechanics when it accelerates noticeably. Despite these obstacles, the result is very satisfactory.


The engine 1.0 T-GDI is a superb choice

Whatever the mechanics, it is evident that it is more fun and dynamic than the previous model, although it is far from showing a sporting behaviour -nor intends to-. Both the suspension as the direction they do a good job and converted to the best-selling Korean in a car with reactions very agile, in addition, it also imparts a feeling of confidence for its stability.

has Yet to be faced the tests of Euro NCAP but Kia are convinced that you will get the highest rating and will be one of the safer cars category, thanks to an extensive battery of safety systems while it is true that not all technologies will be available from the start and will be added to the range at the end of 2017. Between all of these systems excels the fact that the Rio 2017 is the first model of the B-segment with the assist system and emergency brake with recognition of pedestrians.

The fourth-generation Kia Rio was manufactured in plant korea Sohari and will arrive to the Spanish market in april with a starting price of 14.600 euros, although adding promotions the price can drop to 10.909 euros. Is one of the models most balanced of the segment B, with a good dynamic performance, and large dose of functionality and versatility. In addition, like the other models of Kia, will also come with a comprehensive warranty of 7 years or 150.000 km