Andrew Chesterton road tests and reviews the new Kia Rio with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its Australian launch in Melbourne.

Saying technology is important to young people is a little like saying water is important to fish. Constant connection is key, and that left the Kia Rio way behind the competition in a segment where trying to sell a model without Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or even a touchscreen is as easy as trying to sell one without a steering wheel. 

It was a Nokia 5110 in an iPhone world, and Kia knew it. So the Korean brand has upped the technology stakes for its all-new 2017 Rio, a car it is describing as the “most technologically advanced Rio ever." 

A Mercedes S-Class this ain’t, but it does plug some of the most yawning gaps from the outgoing model, the biggest being the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time, which is run through a new 7.0-inch touchscreen designed to look like it’s 'floating' in the dash. 

This fourth-generation Rio (Kia’s best-selling car globally) arrives with the same 1.4-litre engine as the outgoing model, offering slightly less power but better fuel economy, which is shared across three trim levels: the entry-level S, mid-spec Si and top-spec SLi.