Initially, the word was out that Kia Rio 2018 will be launched in Pakistan at a price point of 1.4 million but now there are speculations that Kia Pakistan (Lucky Cement Group) has denied such price estimations. However, globally the basic variant starts from $14,200. Kia is eager to launch multiple models in Pakistan but so far they have only announced one official model Kia Grand Carnival priced between 4.0 million to 4.8 million.
But the issue is that if Kia wants to succeed in Pakistan, they have to offer such a car loaded with all functions in a price bracket of 1.3 – 16 million. Kia knows better what they want to do and at what price they want to introduce this car but in our opinion, anything above 1.6 million leaves the buyer with multiple options like Toyota Acqua or Prius, N1 etc. This variant of Kia is good to beat lower end models of Suzuki like Cultus or WagonR or Honda City.
The new Kia Rio is 15 millimeters longer and at the same time 5 millimeters flatter than its predecessor. The wheelbase was extended by 10 millimeters. This is noticeable in the space available. In a first seat test, the Rio proves to be airy and spacious. Even in the back seat, you can sit comfortably without permanently getting knee pain.
The cockpit gets by with very few switches. Only the multifunction steering wheel acts – as with most Kia models – quite cluttered. The center console dominates – at least in the higher trim levels – up to seven inches large touchscreen display. The infotainment system includes both Apple and Android smartphones. The materials used are of high quality, the workmanship is good. Even the doors sound conspicuously full when closing.
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Among other things, one of the new downsizing engines introduced by the carmaker last year is used under the hood. The one-liter three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine with direct injection is available in two power levels with 73 kW / 100 hp and 88 kW / 120 hp.In addition, two suckers with 1.2 and 1.4 liters of displacement and 62 kW / 84 hp or 73 kW / 100 hp are in the program. In addition, Kia offers a 1.4-liter turbodiesel, which is available in two variants with 52 kW / 70 hp and 66 kW / 90 hp.
For the first time in this segment, an autonomous emergency brake assist (AEB) with pedestrian detection is installed in the new Rio. Such a system is a prerequisite for a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test.