The Kia Rio has been upgraded for 2015.
The Kia Rio has been upgraded for 2015.

2015 Kia Rio compact range gets new look

KIA has launched its upgraded 2015 model year Rio light car with changes inside and out.

The entry-level S, new S Premium and Si models have a new front and rear bumper design, new grille pattern, new centre fascia and audio unit design, and metallic-look highlights.

The S is available in three- and five-door configuration, with the 1.4-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual and four-speed automatic. The three-door S is $15,990 for the manual and $17,990 for the automatic. The five-door model is $16,990 for the manual, with the automatic an additional $2000.

The new S Premium is available in five-door with the same drivetrains as the S but with additional trim and comfort features, including 15-inch alloys, front fog lamps, electric folding side mirrors with indicators, cruise control, a six-speaker audio unit with dual tweeters and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The S Premium manual is $17,690, with a $2000 additional charge for automatic.

Stepping up to the five-door Si gains the 1.6-litre GDI engine and standard six-speed automatic along with a new design 16-inch alloy, while retaining the additional comfort and convenience features the outgoing Si enjoyed over the S. This includes soft-touch trim, sliding centre armrest and centre storage bin. The Si is $21,490.



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