Kia Rio 2018 Hatchback Release Date – We can’t help but be fascinated by the Kia Rio. Really. The lowest-priced subcompact from the Korean brand has made remarkable progress with each generation, and the car itself is a reflection of the maturation of a brand that has become a global player.
We just spent two days on the winding roads near Lisbon, Portugal, behind the wheel of the fourth-generation Rio, built upon the global Hyundai/Kia KP2 architecture. In a few months, the new Rio will launch in the United States.
Europe gets only the four-door hatchback, while U.S. customers will get a choice of the hatch or a yet-to-be-unveiled four-door sedan. If the previous generation is an indication, the hatchback will be the better-looking of the two body styles. (The two-door hatchback previously offered is dead.)
Why So Serious?
Compared with its predecessor, the Rio has become a serious car—maybe by a touch too much. The outgoing hatch—which Kia calls the Rio 5-Door—is one of the funkier designs in its class, with an aggressive body-side line and a stance a bit like a concept car’s. The new model looks staid by comparison, with an upright front end and a rather prosaic shoulder line. The plastic strip between the headlights is painted black, simulating a conventional grille opening, and the side mirrors, which used to be mounted on the door, have moved to the A-pillar. We suspect, though, that most customers will appreciate the utterly conservative look of the new Rio. A lamentably low number of customers in this segment buy their car as a design statement (although to be fair, it’s not as if there have been many stunners from which to choose).
Rio customers prioritize low cost and lots of equipment, and this is where the new one eclipses its predecessor. Kia claims that 90 percent of the car is new, including the body. The fourth-gen Rio also is said to be slightly lighter despite more content, larger dimensions, and additional safety equipment and structure.
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