Future Models - Kia 2018 Rio
New York show: Kia Rio sedan not for Aus
Booted out: The sedan version of the Kia Rio light car will not be making its way into showrooms Down Under.
Kia unveils sedan version of Rio but it’s not on cards for Australia
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13 April 2017
KIA has ripped the covers from the sedan version of its fourth-generation Rio
light car at this week’s New York show ahead of its launch alongside the hatch
in the North American market later this year, but it will not be coming to
According to Kia Motors Australia (KMAu) general manager of media and corporate
communications Kevin Hepworth, there are no plans at this stage to bring the
booted version Down Under, with the Korean manufacturer sticking to the
five-door hatch that landed locally in January.
At 4384mm, the sedan is longer than the hatch (4064mm) but features
approximately the same interior room, with 2545 litres of cabin space in the
sedan compared to 2562L in the hatch, while the booted version has less cargo
space than the sedan.
American Rios – which are available in three levels of trim – are offered
solely with the 1.6-litre GDI aspirated petrol engine that develops 97kW/161Nm
mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Australian customers are offered a 1.4-litre unit that makes 74kW/133Nm, and is
mated to a six-speed manual in base-level S guise or an ageing four-speed
Tech features include Bluetooth, six-speaker stereo and rearview camera, while
the top-spec EX variant adds an infotainment system with 7.0-inch touchscreen
display, voice recognition and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Safety equipment includes six airbags, electronic stability control, ABS,
hill-start assist, and vehicle stability management.
Without the addition of the Rio, Australian light sedan offerings currently
consist of the Honda City, segment-leading Hyundai Accent and the Mazda2.
Last year Kia sold 6054 examples of the hatch-only Rio, outselling rivals such
as the Holden Barina (4166) and Ford Fiesta (2722) but well off the pace of
segment leaders Hyundai Accent (18,703), Mazda2 (13,639) and Toyota Yaris
Despite a refresh in January, sales of the Rio have slipped 34 per cent
year-on-year with 1307 units sold in the first quarter of 2017.