Kia Motors South Africa has expanded its fourth-generation Rio range to 12 models by adding a two-door hatchback to the existing four-door hatch and sedan units.
The new model is essentially the same as the four-door except for, well, losing the rear doors and being given folding front seats for access to the rear of the car – though the automaker describes the two-door as “sportier, sleeker and more compact”. It being sold in TEC spec so that means leather upholstery, Bluetooth phone and USB connections, remote controls on the steering-wheel, and aircon.
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Prices are R243 000 for the six-speed manual TEC and R255 000 for the four-speed auto TEC – two and four-door hatches and four-door sedan (full price range below). To show how the depreciating rand has hit automobile prices, back at launch in 2012 they were R172 000 and R182 000!
The cars have the same 17″ alloy wheels as the four-doors and are available in a choice of eight body colours; the existing 1.4-litre Gamma engine with its 79kW/135Nm outputs and choice of six-speed manual or four-speed auto continues with the promise of 0-100km/h in 11.5sec and a top speed of 183km/h.
The fourth-generation Rio has been around in South Africa as a hatchback since 2011 and as a slightly longer sedan since 2012 with revisions in 2014 and, the automaker said, “soon became Kia SA’s best-selling model”.
It was a finalist in the South African Car of the Year competition in 2012.
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“The Kia brand has become renowned for vehicles of exceptional design and quality,” the Kia media releases says, “but above all competitive pricing. The new Kia Rio 1.4 TEC two-door is priced identically to its four- and five-door models at R241 995 with a five-year or 150 000km and four-year or 60 000km service plan.”
KIA RIO PRICES
1.2 (4- and 5-dr) – R203 995
1.4 (4- and 5-dr) – R228 995
1.4 a/t (4- and 5-dr) – R241 995
1.4 TEC (3-, 4- and 5-dr) – R241 995
1.4 TEC a/t (3-, 4- and 5-dr) – R254 995
A sunroof is standard on the new Rio 1.4 TEC two-dor but is available as a R7000 option on the four- and five-door TEC models.
Here’s how the steadily falling value of the rand has affected vehicle prices – using the Kia Rio as an example: These were the prices when the sedan range was added to the hatchback back in April 2012:
Kia Rio sedan 1.2 – R141 995
Kia Rio sedan 1.4 – R159 995
Kia Rio sedan 1.4 a/t – R169 995
Kia Rio sedan 1.4 TEC – R173 995
Kia Rio sedan 1.4 TEC a/t – R183 995
and the hatchbacks in 2012...
Kia Rio hatch 1.2 – R139 995
Kia Rio hatch 1.4 – R157 995
Kia Rio hatch 1.4 a/t – R167 995
Kia Rio hatch 1.4 TEC – R171 995
Kia Rio hatch 1.4 TEC a/t – R181 995