Kia_Rio_frontSignificant upgrades have been announced for the ever popular Kia Rio that will go on sale in July.

There’s a strong emphasis on infotainment, with a larger 8-inch Audio-Visual Multimedia Unit with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection, eliminating the previous need for cable connection.

Kia Rio Sport and GT-Line models have a new 4.2-inch colour cluster displaying all the important driver information in one central location.

The GT-Line models have a full Climate Control and Automatic Window Defogger which will operate whenever the climate control system is on.


On the all important safety front, Autonomous Emergency Braking (car, pedestrian and cyclist) has been added to the Sport models joining GT-Line.
Sport and GT-Line will also gain Forward Collision Warning; Lane Keeping Assist; Driver Attention Alert (where driver steering inputs and patterns are monitored using cameras and sensors with an audio/visual warning issued if careless driving is detected) and High Beam Assist.

The updated Rio has a refreshed front design that, of course, retains the car’s iconic ‘tiger-nose’ grille, it has a lower, wider front bumper and distinctive new foglight housings.


Two new exterior colours are also introduced for the GT-Line Perennial Grey (also available on Sport trim) and Sporty Blue, bringing the total number of paint palette options to six for the S trim, seven for Sport and six for the GT-Line.

Like all KMAu products the Rio has the industry’s most comprehensive 7-Year Warranty, 7-Year Capped Price Servicing and 7-Year Roadside Assist package.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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