The Kia Rio 2 2015 is a slightly nipped and tucked version of its predecessor, Kia’s four year old supermini. Not a full facelift just a few tweaks.
The exterior has minimal changes; new front and rear bumpers, modified grille and some light modifications to the trim. There aren’t any changes to the engine range which still includes the 1.1 and 1.4 litre diesels and 1.25 and 1.4 litre petrol engines. Despite a downsized turbo engine the average run for the 1.4 l is about 50mpg which is quite good for this type of engine.
Where are the nips and tucks we hear you ask? Well, they're inside and on the spec list. The main changes are the interior improvements so that the car is more comfortable and looks more classy. The trim and material quality have definitely improved and the gloss-black dashboard inserts are highly attractive. All the cars come with DAB digital radio, hill-start assist, electric mirrors, USB connectivity and a height adjustable driver's seat so that the Rio is comfortable and practical. Trim level 2 offers Bluetooth, electric folding door mirrors and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Trim levels 3 and 4 have climate control, heated front seats, cruise control, automatic wipers and LED running lights. Both trims also have a new 7.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system including sat-nav and reversing camera. Trim 4 has a keyless stop/start function, heated steering wheel and a sunroof. The car comes with a seven year warranty and prices are between £10,000 and £13,000. Future plans include a 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol turbo engine to give the supermini a real boost to its performance.
Some auto gurus don’t like the Kia Rio 2 and cite the mid spec Skoda Fabia and Hyundai i20 as being better value for money and giving a better driving performance. What do you think of the Kia Rio 2?