For the 2021 model year, the Kia Rio has been given a mid-cycle facelift to keep it looking fresh. Compared to the 2020 model, the upgraded Kia Rio features a refreshed front design with a narrower tiger-nose grille and full LED headlights with integral running lights. Overall, the design has been simplified for a cleaner look.
Inside, the more upscale cabin has been upgraded with a new eight-inch widescreen for the infotainment system, and the 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster now has a higher resolution. A new blue color pack adds colored seat bolsters, dashboard and door armrests, matched with contrast stitching. A black single-tone interior with white contrast piping and stitching on the seats and a carbon fiber-effect dashboard is also available for GT-Line models. Standard and GT Line models are now also equipped with driver and optional front passenger seat height adjustability.
Under the hood, the 2021 Kia Rio is the first Kia available with a new mild-hybrid setup combining Kia’s Smartstream 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine with a 48V MHEV system. This setup is available with outputs of 100 hp and 120 hp, while peak torque has increased by 16 percent for the 120-hp variant to 147 lb-ft. Other available powertrains include a 100-hp 1.0-liter T-GDi engine and a new version of Kia’s naturally aspirated 1.2-liter engine with 84 hp, while transmission options include a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The 2021 Kia Rio hatchback will go on sale in Europe in Q3 2020, but the availability of the updated Kia Rio sedan in the US will be announced at a later date.
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)