The 2015 Kia Rio is now on sale in Australia from AU$15,990 and available in a range of three variants. The 2015 model comprises actually of five variants: the S, the S Premium, the Si, the Sport and the SLi, but the Sport and the SLi variants will go on sale later this year. The 2015 Rio gets newly designed front and rear bumpers, a redesigned grille, metallic-look headlights and a new Urban Blue exterior colour option.
The ride and handling has been fine-tuned specifically for Australian conditions. The entry-level S variant is available in 3- and 5-door configurations and powered by a 1.4-litre MPI engine that produces 79 kW (106 hp)and 135 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 6-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox (costs AU$2,000 more).
The new S Premium variant adds 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, electric side mirrors with integrated side indicators, cruise control, 6-speaker audio system with two tweeters, and leather-wrapping on the steering wheel and the gear knob. The S Premium variant is available only as a 5-door and can be had with a 6-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox (costs AU$ 2,000 more).
The current range-topping Si variant sports a 1.6-litre GDI engine that produces 103 kW (138 hp) and 167 Nm of torque. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. This variant is again, a 5-door only.
2015 Kia Rio prices (excluding on-road costs):-
2015 Kia Rio S 3-door manual – AU$15,990
2015 Kia Rio S 3-door auto – AU$17,990
2015 Kia Rio S 5-door manual – AU$16,990
2015 Kia Rio S 5-door auto – AU$18,990
2015 Kia Rio S Premium 5-door manual – AU$17,690
2015 Kia Rio S Premium 5-door auto – AU$19,690
2015 Kia Rio Si 5-door auto – AU$21,490