Premier Rio

Price: 4.71 - 6.70 lakhs
Ex-showroom, New Delhi
EMI: 8,728/-
For a loan of 4,00,669 @ 11.5% over 60 months
3.2 /5 based on 21 reviews | Write a review

Premier Rio Price by Versions

Premier Rio comes in following versions with 2 engine and 1transmission and 2 fuel options. Click on a Rio version name to know on-road price in your city, specifications and features.

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Premier Rio Plus GX

1173cc Petrol Full Specs | Features

4.71 lakhs

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Premier Rio Plus GLX

1173cc Petrol, Manual Full Specs | Features

5.16 lakhs

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Premier Rio Plus Dx

1248cc Diesel, Manual Full Specs | Features

5.64 lakhs

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Premier Rio Plus Lx

1248cc Diesel, Manual Full Specs | Features

6.10 lakhs

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Premier Rio CRDi4

1248cc Diesel, Manual Full Specs | Features

6.70 lakhs

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Premier Rio Review

The Rio marks Premier’s comeback in the passenger car segment after many years. The last passenger cars which Premier sold in India were the Fiat range - the Uno and Siena, after which Fiat set up its current base in Ranjangaon and parted from Premier. But just before the Fiat tie-up, Premier had a JV with Peugeot and although the 309 was a fairly competent car, it never really set the sales charts on fire and eventually went off the market. A few years ago, Premier made an entry into the Light Commercial Vehicle segment with its mini pick-up Roadstar and commercial van Sigma (both based on older Mitsubishi designs) which came from a tie-up with CMC Taiwan. Having taken a concious step to being in the passenger car business, but not wanting to be part of the overcrowded hatchback segment, Premier decided to enter a niche and the RiO SUV will be the first of its kind in the Indian market, due to its compact size. ...read full review The Rio marks Premier’s comeback in the passenger car segment after many years. The last passenger cars which Premier sold in India were the Fiat range - the Uno and Siena, after which Fiat set up its current base in Ranjangaon and parted from Premier. But just before the Fiat tie-up, Premier had a JV with Peugeot and although the 309 was a fairly competent car, it never really set the sales charts on fire and eventually went off the market. A few years ago, Premier made an entry into the Light Commercial Vehicle segment with its mini pick-up Roadstar and commercial van Sigma (both based on older Mitsubishi designs) which came from a tie-up with CMC Taiwan. Having taken a concious step to being in the passenger car business, but not wanting to be part of the overcrowded hatchback segment, Premier decided to enter a niche and the RiO SUV will be the first of its kind in the Indian market, due to its compact size.

Design:
The Rio’s design is the same as the Daihatsu Terios, which is now built by Zotye, a Chinese car manufacturer which bought the Terios dies from Daihatsu after it launched the next-generation Terios. Currently, the Zotye sells the Rio as “Nomad” in China. The good quality paint finish and the alloys make the Rio look good, not to forget the 215/70R15 tyres and the compact design.

Interiors:
The Rio has grey and blue-coloured interiors like the typical 1980s Japanese cars sold in America and Europe. The plastic quality inside is not satisfactory – the hard plastics, flimsy feeling hazard light button, inconsistent gaps between the panels, and the peel-off Premier stickers could have been much better. The grab handles feel flimsy and should have been sturdier. The Rio comes with a four-speaker CD player and radio system which has the radio antenna on the left hand side A-pillar, as Chinese cars are left hand drive and shifting the antenna to the right side would have increased the cost.

The Rio isn’t just compact from outside, but is congested inside as well. Both rows lack adequate space, especially the second row but the boot has a fair amount of space. The seat cushioning could have been better. The steering wheel feels a little small and even though the headlights are twin-barreled, they don’t turn on high and low beam together which would have helped visibility by a lot during night driving. The electrically adjustable mirrors are a welcome addition to the Rio.

Powertrain:
The Premier Rio uses the Peugeot TUD5 engine technology which powers the other two Premiers; namely Sigma and Roadstar. This tough,  reliable engine in its earliest avatar used to power the Zen and Esteem diesels, and even the first Accent diesels before they switched to the CRDi engine. Premier has reduced the cubic capacity by 30cc to 1489cc, however the engine block and cylinder head are still imported from France and produces a maximum power of 65bhp. The compact SUV uses a Zotye gearbox. The rear-wheel driven Rio handles surprisingly well and considering the small wheelbase and track, the car has negligible bodyroll.

Overall Evaluation:
The Rio targets the aspirational customer, with its compact SUV looks and rear wheel drive. It is a viable alternative to a large hatch or entry-level sedan at the price (Rs 5.48 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai), but the aspirational customer will most likely be disappointed by the interiors of the Rio. This is a shame, since the Rio could have been so much more – it is, after all, a good handler, and the only taste of true front-engine, rear-wheel drive that the Indian customer has at the price range.


Premier Rio Expert Reviews

Premier Rio reviews and comparisons by CarWale Experts.

  • Premier's small solution
    Premier's small solution

    Vikrant Singh, 13 Mar 2012

    A compact SUV is great for our cities. The only vehicle to tick that box currently is the Premier Rio. And now there’s an upgraded version of the Rio with a petrol ...

  • The Premier Compact SUV
    The Premier Compact SUV

    CarWale Team, 23 Nov 2009

    The Rio marks Premier's comeback in the passenger car segment after many years. The last passenger cars which Premier sold in India were the Fiat range - the Uno and Siena, after ...

Specifications Summary

Engines

1173 cc, Petrol, 77 bhp @ 5800 RPM power
1248 cc, Diesel, 72 bhp @ 4000 RPM power

Gearboxes

Manual
5-speed, Manual

Seating Capacity

5 seater

Steering

Power steering

Premier Rio Colours

Premier Rio is sold in the following colours in India.

  • Paradise White
  • Sterling Silver
  • Cherry Red
  • Mystic Black
  • Topoz Blue

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Premier Rio User Reviews

Recent user reviews on Premier Rio.

  • Rio 2013 & 2014 model

    on Premier Rio by R. Rohan, 01-May-2014
    Exterior  very good Interior (Features, Space & Comfort)   Clear & more space Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox   Very good Ride Quality & [...]

  • Its a value for money no car in this cost provide ABS with EBD

    on Premier Rio by Sanjeev Verma, 14-Apr-2014
    I brought this car in Jan 2014 with more refined fiat 72 BHP engine as they say it is the same engine maruti and tata is using after driving this car upto leh and ladhk via srinagar [...]

  • Excellent Family Car

    on Premier Rio by Mohan, 25-Mar-2014
     It offers a mix of  appearance, price,comfortable interiors and an efficient diesel engine that the competition can't match. I'm writing to say  that it is an excellent [...]

  • Excellent Service

    on Premier Rio by Bhagirath Rayate, 04-May-2013
    Exterior Look and Style - Verry Verry NICE , Good colours available, Wheel size adds value in look and apearace   Comfort - Good   Pickup - Good   Mileage - Yet to check [...]

  • Compact, Cheapest and Best mileage SUV

    on Premier Rio by Rajiv Kadam, 10-Apr-2013
    Great exterior look comparable to any luxury cars of higher segments. Excellent proportion and form better than any hatchbacks in the market. The high road clearance is a great feeling [...]

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