2017 Kia Rio specifications and features

2017 Kia Rio: Kia has just revealed the fourth generation Rio which will arrive in Australia during 2017.
2017 Kia Rio: Kia has just revealed the fourth generation Rio which will arrive in Australia during 2017.

AVAILABLE only as a five-door, the 2017 Kia Rio will get an upgrade soon after its launch in January next year.

From July, the carryover four-speed automatic will be replaced with Kia's in-house six-speed unit and partnered to the same 1.4-litre petrol engine good for 73 kilowatts and 132 Newton metres of torque.

About 95% of Rio sales are expected to be with the automatic shifter, which explains who Kia Australia is delaying introducing a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine that is expected to be Europe's biggest seller when it goes on sale there later this year.

The turbocharged powertrain, which has more punch at 88kW/172Nm, won't come to Australia until 2018 when it will be available with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic.

While there is a manual-only diesel option available overseas, Kia is yet to use an oil-burner in its compact passenger cars.

The 2017 Kia Rio will go on sale in Australia during January.

From launch the 2017 Kia Rio will be available in the usual trio of specifications - S, Si and SLi.

Base models will sit on steal 15-inch wheels while 15-, 16- and 17-inch alloys will be available on up-spec models. Space saver spares will be standard (overseas they get the repair goop), but a full-size spare can be an optional extra.

Sure to be a hit with the younger market, the Rio will come with a six-speaker sound system featuring a 5-inch screen armed with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The functionality enables users to access their smartphone apps and functions through the in-car infotainment system, where they can use voice-guided sat nav, hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition.

There are also USB ports in both the front and rear.

Inside the new 2017 Kia Rio.

Safety includes six airbags, rear park assist with rear view camera, as well as Vehicle Stability Management with Electronic Stability Control.

While not available at launch, when the turbocharged petrol arrives it will also come with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian recognition. A radar can detect potential frontal collisions with vehicles or pedestrians, helping slow the vehicle or bring it to a complete stop. It will also come with a Lane Departure Warning System which alerts the driver if they stray towards the lines without using the indicators.

Yet this functionality is tied to the 1.0-litre engine, and won't be available on the 2017 Rio.

Inside, and the cloth seats are available in black or grey, or with artificial leather in the same hues.

The 2017 Kia Rio goes on show at the Paris Motor Show.
The 2017 Kia Rio goes on show at the Paris Motor Show.

Vital statistics

Model: 2017 Kia Rio.

Details: Five-door small front-wheel drive hatch.

Engine: 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol generating maximum power of 73kW @ 6000 rpm and peak torque of 132Nm @ 4000rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed manual and four-speed automatic (six-speed auto from July 2017).

Engine available from 2018: 1.0-litre three-cylinder generating maximum power of 88kW (@ 4500 rpm and peak torque of 172Nm @ 1500 to 4000rpm.