All-new 2018 Kia Rio launched in the UAE

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 by

The all-new 2018 is now officially on sale, with new features and new engine options — How does Korea’s latest compact compete on price against its rivals in the UAE?

2018 Kia Rio 3

Kia Middle East has just launched the all new Rio compact available in the UAE from AED49,900 at the Korean brand’s exclusive national distributor Al Majid Motors.

Available in a five-door body style to begin with (the old car came in both hatch and sedan variants, so the all-new sedan model should arrive at a later date), the Rio comes with a five-year or 150,000km warranty and the choice of two engines: a 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre four-cylinder.

The outgoing model has been available with options of a 1.2- or 1.4-litre, but only the latter is carried over to the all-new Rio, naturally aspirated and making 107 horsepower at 6,300rpm and 135Nm of torque from 4,200rpm. Newly available, the non-turbo 1.6-litre has been added to the latest Rio’s line-up delivering 123 horsepower at 6,300rpm and  151Nm of torque at 4,800rpm.

2018 Kia Rio 3

It’s worth noting that in the US market, Kia offers the five-door Rio exclusively with the 1.6-litre engine, but in Europe the car also comes with the option of a more modern 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine producing up to 120 horsepower and a whopping 170Nm of torque. Anyway, no point in getting excited over the three-pot when we aren’t getting it in the Middle East…

Now in its fourth generation, the Rio arrives on our shores with the Koreans promising an improved ride quality, and offering buyers increased options such as 10 exterior colours and two alloy wheel designs.

Kia says the interior is one of the most spacious in class, offering 325 liters of cargo capacity, and a bunch of kit the Koreans are known for, such as a touchscreen display (5.0-inch) and six-speakers, keyless entry and start, rain-sensing wipers, sunroof, a rear park assist system, and a reversing camera.

2018 Kia Rio 3

Fourth-generation Kia Rio comes with a newly-added 1.6-litre engine in the line-up

The new Rio has quite a task, competing in the B-segment of compacts such as the Toyota Yaris, and its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Accent. The Rio accounts for 15 percent of Kia’s annual sales globally making it the company’s best-selling model worldwide.

In the UAE, with that starting price of just under 50 grand the fourth-generation Rio undercuts the Yaris, with Toyota asking AED53,900 for the base model with a 98-horsepower 1.3-litre on 14-inch steel wheels. You could also try Renault’s four-door Symbol starting from AED39,500, and that one at least has 15-inch hubcaps, while Peugeot will put you in a 208 hatchback from AED52,000.

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