Rio ready to rumble

Kia Rio, Paris Motor Show 2016, premiere
Kia Rio, Paris Motor Show 2016, reveal
Kia Rio, Paris Motor Show 2016, front
Kia Rio, Paris Motor Show 2016, rear
Kia Rio, Paris Motor Show 2016, side
Kia Rio, Paris Motor Show 2016, interior

RIO has dominated 2016 and Kia is keeping the carnival feel alive with a spectacular reveal of its latest hatchback at the Paris Motor Show.

The new model - the fourth generation of the Korean company's global top seller - will be on the road early next year.

It's bigger than before, comes with Kia's latest design inside and out and will be available only as a five door model.

Kia claims the new Rio offers more space inside than any other compact hatch on the market and boot space is 325 litres.

It's features full connectivity including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and will be the first in its segment to come with automatic emergency braking complete with pedestrian recognition as standard - which should help keep insurance costs down.

The new Rio will be available with a variety of engines including Kia's new 1.0-litre turbo petrol and a 1.4-litre.

Giving the car its world premiere at Paris, Kia's European boss Michael Cole said that the Rio had become a dominant feature of the brand's line up and stressed that the marque was on course to reach half a million sales in Europe by 2018.

"Since we launched the third generation Rio in 2011 it has become our best selling car globally," said Mr Cole

Kia also showed off a new look Soul and Carens MPV at the Paris show as well as its all-new Niro hybrid which went on sale in the UK only a few weeks ago.

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