By Gerry Murphy
Kia has upped the ante in the B-Segment with the arrival of their fourth-generation popular supermini. They have produced a design which more mainstream than before, and added practicality and safety technologies, new connectivity features and driving response.
At the launch of the new car in the K Club this week, the managing director of Kia Motors Ireland, James Brooks, said that this segment is extremely competitive both in Europe and in Ireland, but the company is confident that this new model can make an impact in the Irish market.
“Though most of our customers are buying bigger cars, Rio is a particularly iconic model that has helped introduce the Kia brand to Irish consumers since we first entered the Irish market some 13 years ago, and we were extremely proud when the third generation model won Irish Car of the Year on its introduction in 2011,” he said.
Kia Motors Ireland will offers six models at launch with one 1.2 (85hp) petrol engine and two 1.4 diesel units (77 and 90hp). A 100hp one litre turbo petrol engine will follow later in the year which will cost about €1,500 more than the 1.2.
The petrol variants are entry level L model (€15,950), volume model EX (€18,150), the model fitted with the safety pack, including AEB, the EX ADAS ( €19,450 ) and a top of the line Platinum model (€20,450) which comes with Sat Nav and Android Auto. The two diesel models on offer are the LX (€17,750) and the EXE €19,950) powered respectively by 77 and 90 hp 1.4 diesel engines.
The 1.2 petrol unit has a CO2 of 109 and annual road tax of €190 and the diesel 92 and 98 (€180).
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.