The 2021 Kia Rio Facelift has finally come out after hiding under camouflage for months. All models now feature LED headlights as standard.
Visual changes are not significant. A front fascia becomes simpler with a wider and more aggressive bumper that incorporated new fog lamp housing.
The subcompact hatchback now offers two new exterior colors and a set of 16-inch eight-spoke-designed wheels.
The cabin gets a new bigger 8.0-inch center screen and a 4.2-inch digital display of the instrument cluster. Besides, new customization options are available.
Under the hood, we’ll find a new mild-hybrid powertrain with an integrated starter-generator and a three-cylinder 1.0-liter 100 or 120-hp Smartstream engine (75 or 89 kW) coming instead of the Kappa 1.0 T-GDi.
A non-hybrid 1.0-liter gasoline engine will be available, as well as a base naturally-aspirated 1.2-liter gasoline unit with a peak power of 84 hp (63 kW).
Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Expect the 2021 Kia Rio at European showrooms in the third quarter of 2020. Apparently, U.S. dealers will have the model later. Now there is no info about its arrival in America.
The current 2020 Kia Rio prices sit between $15,850 – $16,790. It is #3 within the subcompact car category in the ranking of U.S. New and World Report.
The car is also a finalist for the 2020 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award.
Experts like the model’s strong predicted reliability, user-friendly infotainment system, comfortable and attractive cabin, athletic handling and very good fuel efficiency. But it offers few safety features compared to rivals.