The Rio Pulse enters the line-up between the mid-grade 2 and high-grade 3 versions, in either Clear White or Midnight Black body paint. The Rio Pulse is easily distinguished by a red roof and red front vents, mirror caps and side skirt trims. A similar theme is extended to the interior, where there is black and red faux leather upholstery and red faux leather door inserts. The fascia trim is finished in red metallic paint.
There are 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/45 R17 tyres, a black radiator grille with chrome surround and privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate. Inside, the sporty leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter are complemented by stainless steel pedals.
In-car entertainment and connectivity is taken care of by a six-speaker audio system and a five-inch color touchscreen linked to a DAB radio with RDS messaging. There is Bluetooth with music streaming, front and rear USB charging points, a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines, rear parking sensors and a 3.5-inch cluster display.
Active safety provisions for the Limited Edition Rio include Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Cornering Brake Control, Straight-Line Stability and Hill Start Assist.
The Rio Pulse is powered by the four-cylinder, 16-valve, 1.25-liter version of Kia’s Gamma multi-point injection petrol engine, developing 83 bhp at 6,000rpm and 121 Nm of torque peaking at 4,000rpm. It features continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) to give a good combination of mid-range driveability and top-end performance, and drives through a five-speed manual gearbox.
ISG, Kia’s engine stop/start system, is standard. This shuts down the engine when the gearbox is in neutral with the driver’s foot off the clutch, and restarts it as soon as the clutch is pressed. As a result no fuel is used and no emissions are created when the car is stationary in traffic.