Refreshed light hatch range headlined by shuffled model line-up along with the availability of turbo power and AEB.
Kia Australia has officially released pricing and specifications details for the refreshed 2019 Rio range, which is on sale from $16,990 before on-road costs.
The outgoing Si and SLi variants have been replaced by the Sport and GT-Line locally, with the entry-level 'S' remaining unchanged for the new model year.
Standard kit on the base Rio S includes rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, two Isofix child seat mounts on the outboard rear seats, a six-speaker audio system, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There's still no sign of active safety kit like AEB and lane-departure warning on the base model, though it does come with six airbags and your standard electronic aids like ABS and ESC.
Power continues to come from a 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine making 74kW (@6000rpm) and 133Nm (@4000rpm), mated to either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic in the entry-level grade.
Stepping up to the Sport (from $17,990 drive-away) brings cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather trim for the steering wheel and gearshift, along with electric folding mirrors.
The Sport also offers the option of a six-speed automatic transmission (from $18,990 drive-away) for the 1.4-litre atmo four for the first time.
Finally, there's the new GT-Line, priced from $21,990 drive-away. Key upgrades include a new 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol making 88kW and 172Nm, mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, along with a GT-Line body kit, LED daytime-running lights and position lights, LED tail-lights and LED fog-lights.
There's also autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist fitted as standard for the top grade, in addition to idle stop/start technology for the 1.0-litre engine), though in-built satellite navigation and climate control air-conditioning have been dropped from the range entirely for the new model year.
2019 Kia Rio pricing
- S (1.4i, 6MT) – $16,990
- S (1.4i, 4AT) – $17,490 drive-away
- Sport (1.4i, 6MT) – $17,990 drive-away
- Sport (1.4i, 6AT) – 18,990 drive-away
- GT-Line (1.0T, 7DCT) – $21,990 drive-away
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