Kia Motors South Africa: Kia Rio Comfort and Convenience







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: April 25, 2012
Categories: KIA, KIA RIO

Bespoke feel for sophisticated and spacious interior

KIA Rio Interior

To complement the striking exterior styling of the sedan, the new Rio’s interior design has also been transformed, with a clean sophisticated theme.  The concept follows the corporate Kia interior philosophy with the characteristic horizontal instrument panel, accentuating the feeling of width and space in the cabin.  It is a theme that cleverly combines chic modernity with rationality and achieves a calm timeless quality.

The enhanced quality and refinement of interior materials and the attention to detail in fit and finish have been design priorities for new Rio.

As in other recently launched Kia models, the signature interior architecture – with its ‘three cylinder’ instrument cluster, precise instrument graphics and clear functionality – have been retained.

Kia Rio

The sophistication of this interior concept is also reflected in the trim finish which gives the car a genuine premium feel. The 1.2 and 1.4 models will feature black woven fabric, while the 1.4 TEC features a black leather trim. The bespoke feel of the interior underlines the new focus for Rio as a mature, refined, compact premium car.

The current global trend towards downsizing of vehicles means that cars in the B-segment are becoming more mature and refined as they are required to satisfy the premium aspirations of more sophisticated consumer groups.  More refinement, more features, higher quality but above all more choice and distinctive design is in greater demand.

The radically new Rio sedan is Kia´s answer to these new market conditions, and numerous ‘big car’ comfort and convenience features is standard on this B-segment Kia sedan.

Kia Rio Instruments

Standard features on the new Rio include items such as: radio with CD player and MP3 compatibility, plus AUX, iPod and USB connections as well as Bluetooth® hands-free and climate-control air-conditioning (1.4 & 1.4 TEC only).

All models are fitted with a short 150 mm roof top radio antenna and four audio speakers as standard with a pair of front tweeter speakers added on the 1.4 and 1.4 TEC models only.

The new Rio’s cabin is more spacious than the previous model.  The base of the windscreen is moved forwards by 156 mm and up by 18 mm, which together with the 70 mm longer wheelbase and 25 mm wider bodyshell, brings space benefits for all occupants and for cargo capacity.  Front legroom is increased by 45 mm, front headroom by 10 mm and rear knee room by 34 mm.

Trunk space in the Rio sedan models is 125 mm wider and the capacity is now 389 litres – a 14.4% improvement.

The rear seat backrest is split 60/40 for maximum versatility and users can fold the backrest down, to create an almost flat-floored load area. Beneath the hinged trunk floor, a full size spare tyre is fitted for extra peace of mind.

Inside, cabin storage space includes a larger, 1.5-liter glove box, a larger centre console with 3-litres capacity and pockets to hold a 1.5-liter bottle in the front doors and a 0.5-liter bottle in the rear doors.

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