Of course, the booted version of the Kia Rio isn’t new, having made its first global appearance as the Kia K2 sedan in Shanghai a full two years ago and then as the Kia Rio sedan in New York shortly after. Still, no harm revisiting the little four-door B-segmenter, especially since it’s turned up at the ongoing Bangkok show.
Although they sit on the same platform as the Rio hatchback, the China-market K2 and the Rio sedan are not exactly one and the same – the former borrows more than a couple of styling cues from the bigger K5. The one you see here is the latter; the work of Kia’s design studios in Irvine, California.
The design of the lower air intake and fog lamps are different to those on the hatchback, and it’s got a bigger grille, too. Also, the hatchback has projector headlamps while the sedan makes do with conventional reflector units. Lamps are LEDs at the back. Boot volume is 390 litres, up from the hatchback’s 288 litres.
The Thai-market car, which sells from 749k baht (RM79k), gets a 1.4 litre Gamma four-cylinder engine that produces 109 PS at 6,300 rpm and 137 Nm at 4,200 rpm, a four-speed auto ‘box and 15-inch wheels wrapped in 185/65 tyres. We’ve driven the Kia Rio hatchback – read our preview drive report on the 1.4 SX here.