The Kia Rio with the Safety Pack has scored a 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP test

Safety and After Sales Service – It remains to be seen what safety features will be offered in the India-spec Rio. However, considering it is likely to be priced at a premium over the Elite i20, expect it to be on par with its Korean cousin. The automaker is expected to start selling its cars from late 2019 or early 2020.

The hatchback is most likely to be a promising alternative to the other premium hatchbacks in the segment currently

Verdict – The Kia Rio is a very promising car and when launched in India, with the 1.2-litre powertrain, it will also get a double shot of practicality via the 1.4-litre diesel engine. It all boils down to how will the Korean carmaker price the hatchback. If it could undercut or even come at a slight premium over the segment leader, the Maruti Baleno, things could get interesting in the premium hatchback space.

The Kia Rio shares most of its parts with the Elite i20

What’s Cool

– Sporty design
– Feature loaded interiors
– 5-star Euro NCAP rating
– Good high speed stability

What’s Not So Cool

– The engine isn’t rev happy
– Ride is a bit choppy

The Kia Rio flanks the trademark Tiger nose grille at the front

Kia Rio Specifications

* Engine: 1197cc, 4-cylinder, Petrol
* Power: 83 PS @ 6000 RPM
* Torque: 115 Nm @ 4000 RPM
* Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
* 0-100 km/hr: NA
* Top Speed: NA
* Suspension: MacPherson struts (Front), Coupled Torsion Beam (Rear)
* Tyre Size: 205/45/17 (Front & Rear)
* Brakes: Discs (Front), Drum (Rear), ABS
* Safety: Dual Airbags, ABS, Traction Control and Lane Departure Warning

Kia Rio Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 4065 mm X 1725 mm X 1450 mm
* Boot Space: 300-litres
* Ground clearance: 140 mm
* Wheelbase: 2580 mm
* Kerb weight: 1155 kgs

Hoping to see the Kia Rio on Indian roads real soon

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