The Kia Rio is an important model for the Korean brand, but some markets are more inclined to a booted car. Which is why Kia makes a sedan version of its B-segment hatchback for markets such as China and Russia. Malaysia and Indonesia also received a Rio Sedan from the previous generation.

This is 2017 Kia Rio Sedan for the Russian market. It’s the booted version of the latest fourth-generation Rio hatchback, launched in Malaysia yesterday. Measuring 4,400 mm long and 1,740 mm wide, it’s 30 mm longer and 20 mm wider than the previous sedan. The 2,600 mm wheelbase is 30 mm longer.

While immediately recognisable as a current Rio, the sedan’s face is not a carryover from the five-door hatch – there’s an independent LED DRL strip above the foglamps, and the headlamp cluster has a long “tail” that flows into the wings. The hood is unique, too.

The latest Rio Sedan is more square-cut than the previous car, and that carries on to the simple profile and the back. The rear end is similar to that of the China-market Kia K2, a similarly sized sedan with an Optima-style face. Like the K2, it gets tail lamps that are slimmer and connected via a bridge, although the bumper is unique to the Russian Rio. The above-mentioned headlamps also look similar to the K2’s. The interior too, which looks more contemporary now.

Two engine options are available in Russia – a Kappa 1.4 litre MPI and a Gamma 1.6 litre MPI. The smaller petrol engine makes 100 hp and 132 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, while the 1.6 litre pushes out 123 hp and 151 Nm of torque at 4,850 rpm. Russians get to choose from a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

The Kia Rio Sedan is available with projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, 16-inch alloys, leather seats, automatic air con, a heated steering wheel, heated seats plus a seven-inch infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


GALLERY: 2017 Kia Rio, Malaysian spec