Home / Auto News / News article: Kia Rio 3-Door Announced for Europe, America Misses Out - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Jan 29 2012, 3:00 PM

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Similar to the Ford Fiesta, Europeans will be able to enjoy the cooler and more fun 3-door Kia Rio while Americans are stuck with the less-cool 5-door and downright dull sedan variants.

The Kia Rio 3-door has gone on sale in Europe, starting at £9,995 or around $15,715 based on recent conversation rates. The 3-door model will feature the same engine and model line-up as the five door, and is the first time the 3-door Rio has ever been for sale.

Four engine choices are available for the Rio 3-door, two standard gasoline models and a pair of diesel powerplants. A 1.1L CRDi engine offers a scant 74-hp and 125 lb-ft of torque with a fuel economy of around 74.3-mpg. The 1.4L CRDi is a four-cylinder engine with 89-hp and 162 lb-ft of torque and has an estimated fuel economy of 70.6-mpg combined. The two new gasoline engines for the Rio 3-door include a 1.25L Kappa engine with 83-hp and 89 lb-ft of torque. The last available engine is a 1.4L Gamma engine with 107-hp and 101 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the US-Spec Rio gets a 138 hp 1.6-liter.

The four trim models available are similar to the five-door variant- “1″, “1 Air”, “2″, and “3″. 1 Air adds air conditioning to the vehicle while the 2 offers 16-inch wheels, front fog lights and a chrome radiator grille surround. The interior on the 2 gets upgraded black cloth upholstery, cooling glovebox, electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors with side repeaters, leather trim on the steering wheel and gearshift and center console armrest.

Lastly, the top of the level 3 has 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running and rear lights, automatic air conditioning with auto de-fog, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, automatic projection-type headlights, heated front seats and six speakers instead of four.

Standard with all 3-door Rios is a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

GALLERY: Kia Rio 3-Door

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  • Robert Jam3l Williams

    im in the states! who and what type of person should drive this car? is it for a 16 year old teenager? oder or younger. if u can answer these questions i can make a better decision. also is this car designed for a 36 yar old with hip problems

  • avlisk

    I’d love a 3 door Rio. I’m almost 61 an am looking to retire my 2002 Rio Cinco. WIth my arthritis and ruptured disc in my back, it’s been the most comfortable car I’ve ever owned, and been trouble-free for all 10 years. The warranty is about to expire, so I’m looking. It’s just me and my dog, and I only need one door and a hatch. I’ll compromise with 2 doors and a hatch. I’d buy a 3 door Golf, but VWs have such bad quality (based on a couple I’ve owned), the Veloster is just about it. But I’ll wait for the Rio 3 door. Come on, Kia, bring it to the USA. I’ll buy one.

  • Tom

    Hopefully 3 door kia rio will come to North America.
    3 door car is the only one I would consider buying.
    Selection is very limited in a 3 door trim level here.
    Most compact cars in US and Canada come with 4 door sedan or hatchback.And they just look plain and boring.I wonder who is their target market.

  • greeksaki

    I, too, hope the 3-door Rio hatch will come to the USA. Why doesn’t Ford offer the 3-door Fiesta here? I have never owned a 4-door sedan; always 2-doors. At least Hyundai will offer the 2-door Elantra soon here. Hey Tom; the reason coupes aren’t popular here is because the majority of drivers here have families; hence the 4-doors. I guess most people here are just old farts!!