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Paris 2016: New era for Kia Rio best-seller

New look, new engines to boost fourth generation of popular supermini

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The all-new Kia Rio unveiled at the Paris motor show aims to build on the success of the current supermini, which globally is Kia’s best-selling model.

Kia hopes that the fourth-generation version will appeal to an even wider audience, its design the result of a joint programme between studios in the USA, Germany and Korea.

The exterior is distinctly different to the outgoing Rio, with straight lines and smooth surfaces dominating. Kia claims that the cabin offers more space and any rival, alongside a larger boot of 325 litres.

Highlight of the engine line-up will be Kia’s latest three-cylinder 1.0-litre direct-injection petrol unit. As well as bringing efficiency levels closer to those of diesel engines, the light weight of the unit is said to greatly aid front-end handling.

The new car is also claimed to be the most technologically-advanced version of the model yet, across safety, infotainment and connectivity. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration will be on offer while the Rio claims to be the first supermini to offer autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition.

The Rio is expected on UK sale around the Spring of 2017.  Kia is also showing updated versions of the Soul mini MPV on its Paris stand, including a new 120hp SX model, while exterior, interior and design updates to the Carens have also been unveiled.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.