Kia Rio Pride Second generation
|Assembly||Gwangmyeong, South Korea (Sohari Plant) Jiangsu, China (Yangcheng Plant) Quito, Ecuador (AYMESA) Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Body style||4-door sedan 5-door hatchback|
|Engine||1.4 L I4 (petrol) 1.6 L Alpha II I4 (petrol) 1.5 L CRDi I4 (diesel)|
|Transmission||4-speed automatic 5-speed manual|
|Wheelbase||2,500 mm (98.4 in)|
|Length||3,990 mm (157.1 in) (hatchback) 4,240 mm (166.9 in) (2005–09 sedan) 4,250 mm (167.3 in) (2009–present sedan)|
|Width||1,695 mm (66.7 in)|
|Height||1,470 mm (57.9 in)|
Kia introduced the second generation (JB) in the early 2005 model year in Europe and for model year 2006 in North America, based on a redesigned platform shared with the Hyundai Accent. The engine was upgraded to a 110 hp 1.6-litre DOHC four-cylinder "Alpha II" engine now also shared with the Hyundai Accent. Other changes include a new exterior design, an increase in exterior size and interior volume, increased safety features and fuel economy. The hatchback was renamed to Rio5 in the USA and Canada.
Kia offered the 2006 sedan as the Rio and Rio LX, the LX trim included power steering, air conditioning, and CD player. The Rio5 (USA) offered simply in SX trim level with leather-covered steering wheel. As in the first generation, only the five-door hatchback version was offered in some European markets (including the UK). Three engines are available; a 1.6 litre DOHC engine with 110 hp (82 kW), a lesser 1.4 litre version with 96 hp (72 kW) and a 1.5 L Turbodiesel engine with 109 hp. However, in the US market only the 1.6L gasoline engine is offered, in two body styles: a four-door-sedan and a five-door hatch. The European version's common rail diesel engine produces 110 PS (81 kW).
In 2007, an SX trim level was added to the Rio sedan with the same features supplied with the Rio5 SX.
In 2007, the South Korean government began testing approximately 4,000 pre-production Rio hybrid-electric models, with parent company Hyundai Kia Automotive Group later announcing and subsequently withdrawing anticipated release dates for the hybrid model.
For 2008, Kia offered the LX trim level for the Rio5 (similar to the Rio LX sedan) and a limited production of Rio5 SX Tuner models, featuring Falken FK452 tires, Tanabe strut tower brace and Eibach lowering springs.
For the 2009 model year, all Rio and Rio5 trims received standard Sirius Satellite Radio (complimentary for three months) and radios with USB port & auxiliary jack, the auxiliary jack substituting for a Bluetooth mobile phone connection for devices with an earphone jack, e.g., the iPhone. The Kia Rio ranked 5th in the "20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure" list by Insure.com. According to research, the Rio is one of the least expensive vehicles to insure.
For the 2010 model year, the models received a facelift in late 2009, adopting Kia's new Tiger nose grille. In addition, the steering wheel receives the same design as the Kia Soul and Kia Forte, featuring optional Bluetooth hands-free phone operation, and the gauges cluster receives a new red backlit design. The headlights were modified slightly, with a darker appearance and parking lights and side-marker lights sharing the turn-signal housing. Side mouldings on the car became narrower and body-colored. For the UK version, the Rio looks exactly the same as the US version, except that only the hatchback variant is sold there. It has Kia's new bowtie grille (for the 2010 model) and is powered by a 1.4 litre DOHC four-cylinder 16-valve petrol engine, or a 1.5 litre DOHC four-cylinder 16-valve diesel. They both have a five speed manual gearbox.
Also called: Kia New Pride (South Korea) Kia Rio5 (North America, hatchback) Kia New Pride Sedan (Indonesia) Kia New Pride (Indonesia, hatchback) Kia Sephia Sport (Colombia, Taxi version) Kia Rio Xcite (Colombia)