Kia revealed the full specifications along pricing for the five-door variant of the South Korean hatchback model, prices available for the U.S. market. Under the bonnet, Kia packed a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine able to deliver 138 horsepower and a combined fuel economy of 35 mpg (6.7 liters/100 km).
All the versions of the U.S.-spec Kia Rio benefit from this engine while a six-speed automatic transmission comes as standard, only the entry-level LX trim level benefiting from a six-speed manual gearbox. The five-door Rio will be available in the U.S. in three different trim levels, namely LX, EX and SX.
The entry-level model is fitted with electric power steering, ABS, ESC, air conditioning and USB connectivity. The starting price of the South Korean model is $14,350 including the $750 destination fee.
Kia’s fuel-saving ISG technology is also present on the small five-door model in order to provide an improved consumption. “With an emphasis on being eco-friendly as well as staying on top of cutting-edge technology, the all-new Rio is the first vehicle to offer ISG technology outside of the hybrid and luxury segments, which helps to improve fuel economy by turning the engine off when the vehicle is not in motion,” says Kia.