The new Kia Rio has just gone on sale here with prices starting from €15,950.
It comes with a wide choice of four engines and four trim levels. This is the fourth generation of Kia’s popular supermini and it is the manufacturer’s second best selling model globally.
The new Rio stands out thanks to its progressive design, class-leasing practicality and safety technologies, new connectivity features, a more comfortable ride, and engaging handling.
It claims to offer class-leading cabin spaciousness and 325-litre cargo capacity. It also has safety as a high priority - an example being the first in class to offer the option of autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition.
James Brooks, managing director of Kia Motors Ireland, said the company was confident the new model could make an impact in a competitive segment both in Europe and in Ireland.
"Though most of our customers are buying bigger cars, Rio is a particularly iconic model that has helped introduce the Kia brand to Irish consumers since we first entered the Irish market some 13 years ago, and we were extremely proud when the third generation model won Irish Car of the Year on its introduction in 2011."