First look at the new Kia Rio in the UK
The new 2012 Kia Rio will make its debut on UK shores at the EcoVelocity Motor Festival in London on 8 September, it has been confirmed.
The five-door hatchback (a three-door will also be available after launch) will be on show at the eco-friendly festival prior to its UK launch this month.
While it will be surrounded by electric and hybrid cars, the Kia Rio will be at home in the festival thanks to its frugal 1.1-litre CRDi engine, which is available on the entry-level '1' specification.
The engine delivers 85g/km of CO2 emissions and 88.3mpg. The former figure is significant for new Kia Rio owners because it means both road tax and the London congestion charge are free.
Meanwhile, the fuel economy figure of 88.3mpg means drivers will have to travel to the fuel pumps less often due to the clever use of fuel-saving technology such as low-rolling resistance tyres and a more aerodynamic shape.
The body, as well as helping lower fuel consumption, has also been updated in a cosmetic sense. More modern lines and a front end to match the Kia Sportage and Kia Picanto - both of which won a prestigious red dot design award - bring the Kia Rio into the mainstream for the first time.
There it will go up against the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa and while the two market leaders are extremely popular in the UK, an update to the interior quality and equipment brings Kia a step closer in the competitive supermini market.
Prices will be a bonus for bargain-hunting buyers too, with the new Kia Rio starting from under £8,000 in the UK when it goes on sale.