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Kia Rio S 2017 review: snapshot

The S model is the entry point to the 2017 Kia Rio range

The S model is the entry point to the 2017 Kia Rio range, and as such is the cheapest on offer, priced from $16,990 with a six speed manual or $19,090 with a four-speed automatic, both of which are paired with a 1.4-litre petrol engine (77kW, 133Nm).

But cheapest doesn’t mean spartan with the all-new Rio, with even the S model equipped with a new seven-inch touchscreen that is both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto equipped, and is paired with a six-speaker stereo. 

It looks terrific from the outside, too, having undergone a European makeover that adds a premium road presence to the cheapest Rio model. 

Elsewhere, expect 15-inch steel wheels, halogen daytime running lights and cloth seats, while inside you’ll get power windows front and rear, manual air-con and a metal-look dash insert.

Safety is addressed with six airbags (two front, two front sides and two curtain), a reversing camera and rear parking sensors as standard, while Hill Start Assist, Cornering Brake Control and Straight Line Stability systems are standard. There’s no AEB, though.

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Range and Specs

S 1.4L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $9,790 – 10,930 2017 Kia Rio 2017 S Pricing and Specs
S Premium 1.4L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $9,680 – 13,200 2017 Kia Rio 2017 S Premium Pricing and Specs
Si 1.6L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $10,230 – 14,080 2017 Kia Rio 2017 Si Pricing and Specs
SLi 1.6L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $16,880 – 18,880 2017 Kia Rio 2017 SLi Pricing and Specs
Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist