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Premier Rio

Overall rating: 3.75 27 reviews |  Write a Review
 5.06 – 7.39 Lakh*

*Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi


Premier Rio Key Features

Rear Wiper, Washer & Defogg Premier Rio

Rear Wiper, Washer & Defogg

Rear wiper, washer and defogger ensure enhanced visibility.

ABS with EBD Premier Rio

ABS with EBD

Anti-lock braking system ensures that you are safe while harsh braking is applied.

Alloy Wheel Premier Rio

Alloy Wheel

Alloy wheels enhances performance and handling.

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  • Fuel efficient
  • A value-for-money offering
  • One of its kind


  • Bland looks
  • Underpowered
  • After-sale service is an issue

Premier Rio Prices in India

Premier Rio price in India starts at Rs. 5.06 lakh for petrol variant GX and goes up to Rs. 6.70 lakh for GLX. The price of Premier Rio

  • Petrol
  • Diesel

Premier is one of the oldest brands present in Indian automobile industry and throughout the time it has reinvented itself. And this time it has came up with new affordable urban compact SUV named RIO . . .  Read more»

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Premier Rio Specifications

Premier Rio mileage varies from 16 kmpl for Manual Petrol variant GX to 23.7 kmpl for Manual Diesel variant CRDi4. Check out the claimed ARAI mileage for different Premier Rio variants:

Variant name Mileage
Fuel Economy claimed by the manufacturer, generally quoted in KMPL (Kilometres Per Litre) format.
Common term 'Gear System', essentially a mechanism that transmits power from the engine to the drive shaft.
It is the maximum capacity of an engine by volume. Usually quoted in 'CC' or 'Cubic Capacity' (1000cc = 1 Litre).
Features/equipment in an automobile that ensure safety of passengers as well as pedestrians.
Ex-Showroom Price
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GX 16 kmplManual1173 ccABS, Child Safety Locks 5.06 Lakh *
Ex 16 kmplManual1489 ccChild Safety Locks 5.69 Lakh *
GLX 16 kmplManual1173 ccABS, Child Safety Locks 6.70 Lakh *
Dx 16 kmplManual1489 ccABS, Child Safety Locks 6.03 Lakh *
Lx 16 kmplManual1489 ccABS, Child Safety Locks 7.39 Lakh *
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CRDi4 23.7 kmplManual1248 ccABS, Child Safety Locks 7.39 Lakh *
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Premier Rio Reviews (27)

Premier Rio Lx

Overall rating: 4.5 Reviewed By: Abhishek pratap on 11 November 2018
Authorized services center is not available parts also not available easily. But my nearby service garage make it well and repair its parts easily.  Read More »

nice car

Overall rating: 4 Reviewed By: Shubham patil on 07 December 2016
I drive it in city as well as off-road easy handling and cornering  Read More »

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Premier Rio Overview

Premier is one of the oldest brands present in Indian automobile industry and throughout the time it has reinvented itself. And this time it has came up with new affordable urban compact SUV named RIO. RIO has got its design influence from china (Zotye Nomad) as you give a first look. Zotye bought the rights to produce the Terios SUV from Daihatsu, which was made almost 15 years back. However it doesn’t look bad for the given amount of money.
Premier Rio Overview
Rio is assembled in India-Pune as CKD with kits coming from china, comes with 3 engine option and 1 transmission does its duty on all 3 engines. The chassis is conventional body on Frame.

Premier Rio Exterior

Rio was refreshed in 2012 with minor tweaks in styling. It is a compact SUV which measures under sub 4 meter category, from front it looks very much narrow with only 1570mm width because it was designed to comply with Japanese Kei car requirement.
Premier Rio Exterior
A Kei cars have to be less than 1500 mm in width. The advantage of Kei cars are it gets lower taxes, lenient insurance regulations and exemption from parking certification, which is not very much practiced in India. It has got descent reflector headlamp, a smiling radiator grill, dual tone Fog lamps integrated front bumper with engine guard escaping out which adds to its aesthetics. Big 15 inch wheels, roof rails tail lamp mounted on D- pillars and tail gate mounted spare tyre gives it a muscular appearance from back.Premier Rio Exterior

Premier Rio Interior

As you open the doors to step inside you will feel that you have to crawl inside as Kei car’s point of view, but actually you will walk inside as doors open wide. The interiors have got two tone arrangement of gray and beige. The dashboard looks dated as the quality of plastic is just average with few panel gaps.
There is plenty of head room but knee and leg room is not good, only one advantage is driver seat provide good view on road, both legs get hit either sides. Due to Kei car spec it is only good for 4 Person.Premier Rio Interior
The dashboard instrument cluster easy to read but looks dull same goes with AC knobs , Air conditioning is good but when fan set on high creates very much noise, all the door lock and power window switch are awkwardly placed.Premier Rio Interior
The only modern touch on interior is the 2-Din audio player with AUX and USB support. Boot space is a good 454-litres and the middle row of seats fold forward to increase luggage space to 1158-litres.

Premier Rio Engine & Transmission

Rio has got 3 engine option- 1st Mpfi 1.2lts petrol producing 76.6 bhp @ 5800rpm and 103 NM of Torque @ 3500-4250 rpm, 2nd is 1.5lts direct injection Diesel engine with turbocharger producing 65 bhp @ 4000rpm and 152 NM of Torque @ 2250-3000 rpm, and the 3rd one is Multijet 1.3lts Crdi diesel sourced from FIAT with turbocharger and intercooler producing 72 bhp @ 4000rpm and 183 NM of Torque @ 1800-2400 rpm.
Out of all these option the 1.3lts CRDI engine is the most efficient and powerful, The transmission is standard 5-speed manual in all 3. The layout arrangement is longitudinal front engine rear wheel drive 4X2.

Premier Rio Mileage

The mileage figure claimed provided by ARAI- CRDi4 engine is-23.75 KMPL, Di engine- 20kmpl and the petrol engine gives -15kmpl.

Premier Rio Braking and Safety

Rio is Equipped with Antilock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force assistance (EBD) as standard in all variants. The braking system is equipped with ventilated disc brakes in the front and Drum brakes at the rear, which offers adequate braking force with help from ABS.
SUV is well equipped with generally required safety equipment. All variants get front row-3-point ELR seatbelts with pretensioners and normal belts at rear. Furthermore it is equipped with side impact beams all models, child lock and keyless entry. But Airbags are absent.

Premier Rio Performance and Handling

Rio uses Independent McPherson Strut type shock absorber front suspension with anti-roll bar and 5-Link type suspension with anti-roll bars at rear. The suspension are tweaked to softer settings which offers a stable ride at low speeds but as the speed increases on Indian roads it gives a feeling of being thrown away. As Kei car so does have very good turning radius of 4.7 which is very much helpful in city driving with addition to the 200 mm ground clearance. However on Highway rides it lacks high speed stability and does get ruffled by cross winds.

What do we think about Premier Rio?

Rio with Fiat’s Multijet diesel engine is only the best RiO to buy. However there are quite a few drawbacks, which can’t be ignored. Priced around 8 lacs on road it is not best in terms of quality, driving sense compared to competitors. It is not much refined, fast and luxurious as other vehicle manufacturer. Spaces, Ergonomics, plastic quality are the higher cons parts of this Compact SUV.

Premier Rio Competitors

Mahindra Quanto- have got proven Mahindra Quality and Service, less priced, more powerful 1.5 lts -100bhp CRDi diesel engine.
Mahindra Bolero- proven Mahindra Quality and Service, less priced, more powerful 2.5 lts -72bhp MDI turbocharged Diesel Engine. Chevrolet Tavera- better quality, service, more powerful 2.2 lts -114bhp CRDi diesel engine,

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