Design & Technology / Product

The enhanced Kia Rio boasts a new look March 23rd, 2015

Kia Motors’ global best-selling model, the Rio, is back with an enhanced look and features. Debuting at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the Rio sedan and Rio hatchback are now available to global consumers. Rio’s sophisticated design has been refreshed and both the sedan and hatchback models, standouts in the subcompact segment, continue to offer a long list of standard features. Check out their fresh new looks, inside and out!


Rio 4-door in Signal Red

Rio 5-door in Digital Yellow

Refreshed Exterior

The biggest changes to the exterior include the new front look and rear valances, which both add visual width and give the car a more sporty attitude, and a wider range of colors, including Digital Yellow and Urban Blue.  The revised grille insert reveals a similar geometric pattern as found on other Kia vehicles and a new fog light housing. The lights have been repositioned inward for a more aggressive appearance. At the rear of the car, the rear reflectors have been redesigned and repositioned to the far corners of the car.


Rear of the enhanced Rio 5-door

Premium Interior

Inside the car, an increased amount of high density foam has been used in both the A and B pillars of the vehicle. This is to reduce the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) of the vehicle and to provide new technology features and premium touch points for customers. The audio system and ancillary controls also feature subtle changes, including a new piano black center console surround. North American drivers will also find the upgraded UVO eServices technology.

High Performance

In North America, the 2016 Rio continues to be powered by an efficient 1.6-liter inline-four cylinder GDI engine producing 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 123 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,850 rpm to the front wheels.  A six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic are available depending on trim level.


Check out the video below of the enhanced Rio 5-door at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show to see the cool design evolution for yourself.

* Visit your local official Kia website for vehicle specifications and features in your country.