When the latest-generation Kia Rio was first introduced in Malaysia, its biggest disappointment was the carryover four-speed slushbox that frankly in this day and age (especially in an all-new model) is a little disappointing.
To address this concern, Naza Kia Malaysia (NKM) has just updated the B-segment hatchback with a six-speed automatic transmission. Paired to the same 1.4-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder MPI engine producing 100 hp and 133 Nm of twist. The extra ratios are said to provide better comfort and fuel economy.
Despite carrying the same price tag of RM78,888 (OTR without insurance), NKM has introduced enhance features to the Rio such as Cruise Control with speed limiter, Blind Spot Detection System and Electrochromic Mirror with Auto Dimmer. Interestingly Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity were not included in the updated kit, considering that its smaller sibling, the Picanto comes with them.
With the added kit and same price tag, naturally, some things had to give. Firstly, the sunroof was omitted, and the 17-inch alloys have been downsized to 16-inch multi-spoke design items wrapped in 195/55 profile tyres – the latter is certainly a welcomed move.
Elsewhere, standard kit remains the same with halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, keyless entry/start, 5.0-inch floating colour head unit, multifunctional steering wheel, black fabric upholstery, six airbags, ABS, ESC, Hill-start Assist Control and tyre pressure monitoring system.
The updated Kia Rio with six-speed auto is available in six exterior shades – Signal Red, Aurora Black Pearl, Smoke Blue, Deep Siena Brown, Clear White and Platinum Graphite. A 5-Years Unlimited Mileage warranty is standard with every purchase.
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