The new three-door version of the Kia Rio is available to order now and costs £600 less than the five-door equivalent, with prices starting at £9995.
Kia’s B-segment hatchback comes with same engine choices and trim levels as the existing five-door, which was launched in September 2011.
The entry-level petrol unit is the 1.25-litre Kappa engine, as also featured in the Picanto city car, which develops 83bhp and 89lb ft of torque. CO2 emissions are 114g/km for this version and fuel economy is a claimed 56.5mpg on the combined cycle.
The Rio is also available with the 1.4-litre Gamma engine, developing 107bhp and 101lb ft of torque, plus 128g/km of CO2 emissions and 51.4mpg economy.
This version can also be ordered with an automatic gearbox, although it returns less impressive fuel economy at 44.1mpg.
Diesel options include the 1.1 CRDi with 74bhp and 125lb ft, which also delivers 74.3mpg and 99g/km of CO2. The 1.4 CRDi develops 89bhp and 162lb ft of torque, emits 105g/km of CO2 and returns a claimed 70.6mpg.
The diesel-powered cars are also available in ultra-frugal EcoDynamics trim, which includes stop-start, low rolling resistance tyres, a drag-reducing front grille, gearshift indicator and rear spoiler.
Four trim grades are available on the new Rio three-door, badged 1, 1 Air, 2 and 3. The basic dimensions of the three-door are the same as the five-door, with a 4045mm length, 1720mm width and 1455mm height and a wheelbase of 2570mm.
The entry level 1.25-litre petrol in ‘1’ trim costs £9995. At the other end of the scale, the 1.4 CRDi EcoDynamics in ‘3’ specification is priced at £14,295.