The 2018 Kia Rio is definitely good news for Kia Enthusiasts who have anticipated sophisticated style in subcompact form, modern details/just-right proportions and chassis tuning emphasis for capable handling dynamics.
The new Rio’s exterior offers a more chiseled appearance versus the outgoing model. The designers wanted the car to transmit a dynamic and stable look, with a prominent beltline, wider flanks, a longer hood and swept-back headlights. Kia’s trademark “tiger nose” grille gives the Rio a distinctive look while a more upright windshield benefits interior space.
Inside the Rio a new dash with a lower instrument panel further adds to the car’s feeling of roominess. The lower dash is balanced by an elevated display for easy control of the central touchscreen. Other interior conveniences, including a standard 5-inch touchscreen display, satellite radio and a cell phone storage pocket, contribute to the new Rio’s upscale feel, but keep in mind the base LX model won’t include power windows or cruise control.
An upgraded UVO3 infotainment and telematics system is standard on the 2018 Rio EX. The system features 19 services through Kia’s latest downloadable app. These include tracking the vehicle’s location and diagnostics. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have been added for 2018, along with a cell-phone-powered navigation system.
Powering the 2018 Rio is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque.While peak power and torque dropped this year a broader torque curve offers grater power at a more useable RPM range.
We can confirm the Rio is adequate in terms of power. It’s not a quick car, but it will offer satisfying thrust and a relatively serene environment, even when mashing the pedal.
Starting price is estimated at N8.5 million after shipping and clearing.
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