From model year 2021 the K ia Rio in five equipment lines with the names Edition 7, Vision, Spirit, GT Line and Platinum Edition. The prices start at 14,222.18 euros for the basic version Edition 7 with the 1.2 liter entry-level petrol engine. The next higher equipment variant, Vision, costs 16,074.29 euros. The mild hybrid petrol engine with 120 hp starts at 20,811.76 euros in the Spirit version. The GT Line, which is available with the two 1.0 T-GDI variants, costs 20,226.89 euros with the smaller engine.
The top engine 1.0 T-GDI 120 with 120 hp and 200 Newton meters is brand new as standard with a 48-volt mild hybrid system in combination with a new six-speed manual transmission. The new transmission has a electronically controlled clutch , clutch-by-wire that can be operated both by pedal and by an electronic control unit. The sailing function, i.e. switching off the combustion engine while driving, is possible up to 125 km /h.
The top version is optionally available with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. In the future, Kia will also be offering the transmission, which was previously reserved exclusively for the top version, for the 1.0 T-GDI 100, whose standard manual transmission now has six instead of the previous five gears. The mild hybrid system is also available in the 100 hp version of the 1.0 liter unit. The maximum torque is 200 Newton meters. The performance: zero to one hundred in 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 182 km /h. The third engine of the Rio, the 1.2 liter suction gasoline engine with 84 hp has aDual-port injection system got missed.
New assistance systems are also on board
Assistance systems are also being added with the new model year. The automatic versions now have an adaptive cruise control system as well as a blind spot and cross traffic warning system on board. Regardless of the type of transmission, traffic sign recognition and a front collision warning are also available. The latter now also recognizes cyclists. Six airbags and Isofix brackets are installed as standard on the outer rear seats.
In the interior, the larger screen of the infotainment system, which has grown from seven to eight inches, catches the eye. Another new feature is that it now communicates wirelessly with smartphones via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Two devices can be connected to the system at the same time via Bluetooth, one for phone calls, the other for multimedia use only.
Kia Live and the UVO app
New to the infotainment system is the Phase II functionality. It includes the Kia Live service and the UVO app. Kia Live offers the driver, among other things, traffic information in real time, weather forecasts, the search for 'points of interest', current fuel prices and the display of nearby parking options including information on prices and available spaces. The online navigation that was added in Phase II provides particularly precise information on travel and arrival times. It combines cloud-based real-time and historical traffic data for a precise forecast of the traffic volume.
The UVO app, which can be installed free of charge on compatible Android and Apple smartphones, can be used, for example, to plan routes to the navigation system of the Rio, determine the location of the vehicle and get vehicle reports and diagnostic messages. As far as the displays are concerned, something has not only happened in the middle display. A high-resolution and up to 4.2-inch supervision instrument cluster now shines in front of the steering wheel.