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4 reasons why the 2018 Kia Rio should be your next subcompact sedan October 20th, 2017

 

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Among the most anticipated Kia vehicles for the 2018 model year, the all-new Kia Rio definitely stands out.

Making its grand debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show earlier this year, the all-new Rio sedan is slightly bigger in size than its predecessor, and is certainly sleeker with more balanced ride characteristics.

 

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Considering its enhanced technology and performance along with tremendous value, it is not surprising that the all-new Rio is already gaining widespread attention in the subcompact market.

Today on Kia Buzz, we would like to introduce the four most outstanding reasons why the new Rio should be on your next-car-to-buy list.

 

1. Style matters

 

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With a slender tiger-nose grille, crispier lines and swept-back headlights for a more aggressive appearance, the impressive roster of styling details perfectly sum up how captivating the fourth generation Rio really is.

 

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Slightly larger in size over the previous generation, the Rio’s new look is emphasized by the stretched thin and wide tiger nose grille. The vertical side vents and the sporty headlights at the front accentuate its stance, giving it a bolder look.

 

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The horizontal styling of the Rio 5-door hatchback further sends enchanting vibes with its roof seamlessly extending to the rear edge. To add an even sportier touch, the Rio hatchback also offers two-tone leather interior options with improved ergonomics.

 

2. Perfect fit for urban driving

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Ideally suited to urban driving, the new Rio has become decidedly more sophisticated and athletic for driver enjoyment. The little Rio has always been compact enough for urban parking on crowded streets, and so is the redesigned Rio.

 

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For a more engaging driving experience, the latest Rio is equipped with a 130 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for the first time, improving the driving dynamics as well as fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions over the outgoing Rio.

Able to deliver exceptional power and torque, the turbocharged Rio is ever-more capable of maneuvering, making a long commute or weekend road trip all the more pleasant.

 

3. Roomier than it looks

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The upgraded Rio comes with a level of comfort and convenience unexpected in a subcompact model. Larger dimensions and wheelbase, combined with a low profile center console on the inside, give it the roomiest cabin in its class.

With the seats folded down, the hatchback offers more cargo space to accommodate luggage, small furniture or weekend gear.

 

4. Stable and safe

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Rio’s solid structure makes use of advanced high-strength steel to increase durability and torsional stiffness for improved handling and ride quality as well as collision protection.

 

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And for the first time the Rio offers optional Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), a system that detects obstacles and automatically applies the brakes to avoid accidents. Standard safety features include six airbags, side-impact door beams, a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).

 

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“This fourth-generation Rio makes significant improvements over its predecessor in design, technology and passenger comfort, resulting in an even better value proposition, while raising the bar in the small-car segment,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America.

 

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All in all, the 2018 all-new Rio is a most reliable driving companion, especially if you are looking for a versatile subcompact with a well-tuned combination of style, safety and affordability. So why not give the new Rio a quick spin and see for yourself? Hop in, and let the fun begin with Kia Rio!