Kia is stretching its environmental credentials with a new range of Hybrid engine options for its line-up of cars and SUV's, and the 2021 Rio will benefit from this with the all new Rio Hybrid. It features a 118 bhp turbocharged petrol engine combined with 48V electric starter motor/ generator combination and battery, which gives torque assistance when pulling away and at low speeds and regeneraive braking to harvest energy for the battery, saving around 5-10% in fuel over a conventional engine without adding significantly to the weight with an overly-large battery.
Most Hybrid cars function in one of two ways – either as a “Mild” version which has a smaller battery and recharged energy from the engine, and recoups it during deceleration and braking, to supplement power to the car at lower speeds and save you maybe 5-10% in fuel economy, or the more advanced but usually more expensive “plug-in” option which charges up either from a home charger or a more powerful public charger, and allows the car to run in electric only mode at lower speeds and smaller throttle openings – ranges are typically around 30-35 miles of electric only running but this is improving all the time from better battery technology, perfect for around town and general commuting, though if you’re doing mainly longer runs at high speeds then you’re effectively just carrying around a heavy battery and extra electric motor for nothing and not seeing the benefits, so something like a diesel may still be a better choice for you in that situation. Most plug-in hybrid models come with an automatic gearbox as standard to optimise fuel efficiency, and are several thousand pounds more on the list price than their standard petrol versions but due to the enhanced resale values are typically only a few pounds a month more on the leasing price - so it’s well worth comparing how much you would saving in fuel costs, for example if the car is £40 a month more to lease but will save you £200 a month in petrol it’s a no brainer to choose one.
With the Rio, the car is a mild hybrid and goes by the name Smartstream engine, so isn't significantly more expensive whilst boosting torque performance and increasing fuel economy.
The complete selection of new 2021 Kia Rio Hybrid Lease Deals are shown above in the 2, 3 or GT-Line specification and manual gearbox. Just click on the car you’re interested in, and use our simple online calculator to change the parameters of mileage, term and up-front payment to work out your perfect deal, and see the cheapest monthly payments on a Rio Hybrid we can find you in the UK from our national panel of approved leasing companies, with road tax and delivery anywhere mainland UK included.