Geneva motor show: Kia Rio

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Kia's new Rio will come with a tax-busting diesel engine that will emit just 85g/km of CO2– a class-leading level by current standards.

The 1.1-litre, 69bhp diesel engine should also come with an official fuel consumption of 88.3mpg when the car comes fitted with the company's ISG stop start technology.


Geneva Motor Show 2011

Geneva Motor Show 2011


Without the stop start, Kia says the new range will emit between 94g/km and 124g/km, while adding the option brings this down to 85g/km to 114g/km.

Other than this tiny 1.1-litre, the Kia will also come with a 1.4-litre diesel and a 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre petrol. None of them claim to be fast by any means though, with the 1.4-litre petrol the quickest to 62mph at a ponderous 11.5 seconds.




In the UK, standard safety equipment will include electronic stability control, six airbags and 'active' front seat head restraints, to protect against whiplash, while the options list will include kit such as heated seats, voice activated Bluetooth, climate control and LED daytime running lights.

The Rio is larger all around compared to its predecessor, with front legroom now 45mm larger, while the boot is 100mm wider and seven percent bigger at 288 litres. This is still a bit short of the class standard though, with the Fiesta offering 295 litres.

The Rio is set to go on sale in September time of this year, with the ultra-low CO2 diesel appearing from launch.


Geneva Motor Show 2011

Geneva Motor Show 2011