2016 Kia Rio two-door
Motoring News, new models

Kia Rio goes two-door for ’16 in TEC spec

2016 Kia Rio two-door
BIG WHEELS KEEP ON ROLLING: The 2016 Kia Rio two-door continues as a TEC model, and that means 17″ wheels and leather upholstery. Image: Kia Motors

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.

OTHER KIA FEATURES ON CARMAN’S CORNER
$10bn Kia plan spawns Niro hybrid for Chicago launch
Kia goes diesel with 7-speed Soul Smart
Kia going hybrid with super-efficient Niro compact SUV
Kia announces sleeker Cadenza… for SA?
Kia celebrates American road-trip at 2015 Sema Show
Kia brings R22 000 price cut to baby-car battle

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!

2016 Kia Rio two-door
SPORTY AND SLEEK: That’s how Kia SA describes its 2016 Kia Rio two-door. Rear access by folding either front seat. Image: Kia Motors

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.

THANK YOU, MR ZUMA

“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.”

2016 Kia Rio two-door
SOMETHING MISSING? Yep, the rear doors on the 2016 Kia Rio TEC 1.4 are missing – yet the prices (see below) are the same as those of the four-door hatch and sedan. Image: Kia Motors

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

3 thoughts on “Kia Rio goes two-door for ’16 in TEC spec”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s