True, the new 2017 Kia Rio might lack the refinement of some of its class-leading rivals, however, it’s a solid pick for anyone shopping in the subcompact sedan and hatchback segment thanks to its stylish interior and exterior, strong acceleration, high-quality interior materials, spacious seating arrangement, and ample standard and optional features. The Kia Rio release date should be expected sometime in early 2017.
Last Minute Redesign
With its last redesign done four years ago, the Kia Rio was rather dated by conventional standards, especially considering the number of fresher and newer rivals nipping its heels at every turn. However, the new redesign brings a number of changes such as the new exterior and interior designs. Despite the superficial changes, the Kia Rio remains true to its roots.
Bigger In Size
The front and rear fascias have been refined a bit and appear more chiseled on the sides. It is handsome inside and out just like its history can attest to. It however manages to avoid the awkward proportions that some vehicles in its class are coming with. Its interior is also noteworthy – it comes with ample space even for the backseat occupants. The trunk is similarly spaced.
Lots of fine technologies have also been offered, and despite the base model’s appearing rather Spartan, the top-of-the-line models are chock full of creature comforts and a respectable roster of technologies to match their position.
In terms of performance, no changes have been announced this far. Therefore, we should expect to see every 2017 Kia Rio to come with a 138-horsepower – generating four-cylinder engine. Fuel economy remains laudable at 31 mpg, but a majority of its competition easily surpass it. Downsides include a mediocre suspension refinement and handling.
Competition available includes vehicles such as the Honda Fit, Scion iA, Ford Fiesta, and the Chevrolet Sonic.
Available Trim Levels For The New Kia Rio Are…
Three trims are offered for the five-passenger 2017 Kia Rio Hatchback and Sedan: SX, EX, and LX.
Latest 2017 Kia GT rumors say the new model will most likely debut at the Paris Motor Show slates for the fourth quarter of 2017. The same sources say the hot Kia Rio GT hot hatch will directly rival the Ford Fiesta ST once it is released.
2017 Kia Rio Interior & Exterior Changes
Some of the standard features available for the subcompact 2017 Rio LX model include a trip computer, keyless entry and ignition, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, fifteen-inch steel wheels, power windows and locks, a six-speaker stereo, heated power mirrors, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a USB port, a trip computer, and a folding rear bench.
Upgrading to the Kia Rio EX gets you dual illuminated vanity mirrors, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, fifteen-inch alloy wheels, a soft-touch dash, cruise control, LED foglights and taillights, adaptive xenon headlights, a chrome grille surround, a sliding rear console, upgraded cloth upholstery, and a six-speaker premium sound system.
The optional Eco package offered for the Rio EX model includes features such as a rearview camera, stop-start system, leather seating, a seven-inch touchscreen display, foglights, shift knob, gray accent stitching, and automatic xenon headlights.
The 2017 Kia Rio SX is the top-of-the-line model and comes with features such as LED taillights, a rearview camera, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, a leather upholstery, a navigation system, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, a sport-tuned suspension system, and the Uvo infotainment system.
What Are The Engine Specs For The New Kia Rio?
Motivation for the new vehicle is offered by the 138-horsepower – generating 1.6L four-cylinder engine. Torque output is rated at 123 lbs. ft. of torque. The six-speed manual is standard while its automatic counterpart is offered as an option.
EPA says the fuel economy for the manual for combined city/highway cruising should be expected at around 27 mpg, and about 38 mpg with the automatic transmission. The fuel saving stop-start feature available for the Kia Rio EX enables the vehicle achieve fuel economy ratings of about 28/37/32 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
2017 Kia Rio Release Date & Price
Credible sources say the new Rio Hatchback and Rio Sedan prices starts from $15,495 and $14,165 respectively. Availability is scheduled around early 2017.
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