Kia now offers a 6-speed automatic transmission for the Rio hatchback, which was previously fitted with a 4-speed automatic transmission. See pricing and specification below…
Buyers considering the Kia Rio hatchback may be happy to know that a 6-speed automatic transmission is now offered across the LX, EX and top-spec Tec trim grades. According to Kia, the new transmission improves performance and contributes towards a smoother driving experience.
This new transmission is mated to a naturally-aspirated 1.4-litre petrol engine with 74 kW and 135 Nm of torque. Acceleration from zero to 100 kph has improved from 13.2 seconds to 12.9 seconds while top speed has gone up from 166 to 175 kph.
Standard features on the mid-spec Rio LX derivative includes air-conditioning, electric windows, electric side mirrors, central locking with an alarm and immobiliser, a radio system with RDS as well as MP3, auxiliary and USB connectivity, 6 speakers, steering wheel-mounted remote audio controls, a rear USB charging port, rake and reach adjustable steering, automatic headlight control, front fog lights, LED Daytime Running Lights and 15-inch alloy wheels.
The mid-high spec Rio EX adds projector headlights, LED tail lights and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A rear park assist system and rear view camera is also included.
If you opt for the top-spec Rio Tec, you will get additional niceties such as 17-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, electrochromatic rear-view mirror, alloy pedals and leather upholstery.
Kia Rio - Price in SA
Rio 1.2 LS 5-speed Manual - R230 995
Rio 1.4 LX 6-speed Manual - R247 995
Rio 1.4 LX 6-speed Automatic - R264 995
Rio 1.4 EX 6-speed Manual - R261 995
Rio 1.4 EX 6-speed Automatic - R278 995
Rio 1.4 TEC 6-speed Manual - R288 995
Rio 1.4 TEC 6-speed Automatic - R305 995
The Kia Rio is sold with a 5-year/unlimited km warranty, 2-year/30 000 km service plan for Rio 1.2 and a 4-year/60 000 km service plan for the Rio 1.4. A 5-year/unlimited km Roadside Assistance is also standard.