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The new 5 door Kia Rio's body is 4045 mm (159.3 in) in length, and sits on a 2570 mm (101.2 in) wheelbase - 55 mm (2.2 in) and 70 mm (2.8 in) larger respectively than the outgoing Kia Rio model. All the models in the Kia Rio range (in the UK, at least) will have disc brakes and ABS all round, with the front discs being internally ventilated.
For the UK market at launch, the Kia Rio 5 door will have 4 engine options: 1.25 and 1.4 litre petrol engines, and a 3 cylinder 1.1 litre diesel and a 4 cylinder 1.4 litre diesel. All the engines feature twin overhead camshafts and 4 valve cylinder heads.
The 1.25 litre petrol engine has a capacity of 1248 cc (76.158 cu in). This produces power of 84.2 PS (83 bhp) (61.9 kW) at 6000 rpm, and torque of 121.0 Nm (89 ft·lb) (12.3 kgm) at 4000 rpm. The only gearbox available with this engine at the date of launch is a five speed manual. Claimed performance figures are 12.6 seconds for the 0-100 km/h dash, and a top speed of 171 km/h (106 mph). The combined fuel economy for the 1.25 litre Kia Rio is 5.0 l/100km, and the CO2 emissions are 114 g/km.
The other petrol engines variant is the 1.4 litre. This engine has a displacement of 1396 cc (85.189 cu in), and produces power of 108.5 PS (107 bhp) (79.8 kW) at 6300 rpm and torque of 137.0 Nm (101 ft·lb) (14 kgm) at 4200 rpm. This variant has as choice of a 6 speed manual or a 4 speed automatic gearbox. With the manual gearbox, the 1.4 litre Kia Rio covers the 0-100 km/h sprint in 11.1 seconds, has a top speed of 183 km/h (114 mph) and 5.5 l/100km combined fuel economy. The carbon dioxide emissions are 128 g/km. With the automatic gearbox, the respective figures are 12.7 seconds to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h, a top speed of 171 km/h (106 mph) and combined fuel consumption of 6.4 l/100km. The CO2 emissions for the automatic are 150 g/km.
The 3 cylinder diesel engine has a swept capacity of 1120 cc (68.347 cu in). With a 16.0 compression ratio and common rail direct diesel injection, the diminutive turbo diesel engine produces maximum power of 75 PS (74 bhp) (55.2 kW) at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 170.0 Nm (125 ft·lb) (17.3 kgm) at 1500-2750 rpm. With a six speed manual gearbox, the Eco version of the Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi manages an astonishing 85 g/km of CO2 emissions. Performance is somewhat duller than the rest of the range, with the 0-100 km/h dash taking 14.9 seconds, and the top end not quite breaching the 100 mph (161 km/h) mark, at 158 km/h (98 mph).
The 4th, and final, engine for the Kia Rio 5 door hatchbacks at the time of the UK launch is a 4 cylinder, 1.4 litre common rail turbocharged diesel. This engine displaces 1396 cc (85.189 cu in) and produces 89.2 PS (88 bhp) (65.6 kW) at 4000 rpm power and 220.0 Nm (162 ft·lb) (22.4 kgm) at 1750-2750 rpm of torque, mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. This provides a top speed of 171 km/h (106 mph), a 12.6 second time for the 0-100 km/h benchmark and CO2 emissions of 105 g/km.