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Kia Rio

Kia Rio side view

Pros and cons

  • Available in sedan or hatchback
  • Good fuel economy
  • Long warranty coverage
  • Limited interior space
  • CVT replaces six-speed automatic transmission
  • Top model costly for the segment
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic or Manual
  • City consumption8.3 - 8.5 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6.4 L/100km
  • Width1725 mm
  • Length4065 mm
  • Trunk space493 L
  • Cargo space928 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Kia Rio 2018 - present is available in 5 trims:

LX trim features and specs

Available with the LX trim:
  • Tire repair kit
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LX trim:
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the LX trim:
1.6 L - Gas - 130 hp
City consumption:8.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:600 km

LX+ trim features and specs

Available with the LX+ trim:
  • Tire repair kit
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LX+ trim:
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the LX+ trim:
  • Cruise control
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the LX+ trim:
1.6 L - Gas - 130 hp
City consumption:8.3 - 8.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:600 km

EX trim features and specs

Available with the EX trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the EX trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the EX trim:
  • Emergency call system
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the EX trim:
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the EX trim:
1.6 L - Gas - 130 hp
City consumption:8.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:600 km

EX Sport trim features and specs

Available with the EX Sport trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Paddle shifters
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the EX Sport trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the EX Sport trim:
  • Emergency call system
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the EX Sport trim:
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the EX Sport trim:
1.6 L - Gas - 130 hp
City consumption:8.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:600 km

EX Tech Navi trim features and specs

Available with the EX Tech Navi trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Paddle shifters
Available across all trims:
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the EX Tech Navi trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the EX Tech Navi trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Emergency call system
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the EX Tech Navi trim:
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the EX Tech Navi trim:
1.6 L - Gas - 130 hp
City consumption:8.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:600 km

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Learn about the Kia Rio

Summary

Both the sedan and hatchback versions of the Kia Rio were designed for everyday use. Ample safety features and a long warranty gives buyers validation on a solid investment in their vehicle choice. Although its top model is highly priced for its segment, its exemplary fuel consumption makes up for the initial cost in gas savings—the automatic transmission version manages 8.4 L/100 km in the city and 6.5 L/100 km on the highway. The Rio is available with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual with overdrive, although 2019+ models come in automatic only.

Safety

All generations and models of the Kia Rio come fitted with common safety features, such as:

  • Driver and passenger front, rear and side airbags
  • Four-wheel antilock braking system and brake assist to help with control during emergency hard braking
  • Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control for added stability and reduced risk of skidding
  • Child safety locks

In addition, the newest 2019 trims come standard with curtain and side seat-mounted airbags for added safety in a collision. There is also a rollover sensor, which deploys side and curtain airbags automatically in the event of rollover in an accident. 

Interior

Other than air conditioning, the Kia Rio’s interior amenities such as power windows and locks are reserved for the higher LX and SX trims, though they can be added onto base and lower trims at additional cost. In 2012, heated seats became standard for LX trims and higher, and electric windows standard for base trims beginning in the 2019 model. 

Technology

Most of the advanced technology in the Rio is also only included in the higher trim levels but can be added to any generation and trim. Tech features in the Kia Rio include:

  • USB ports for MP3 connectivity (optional for 2010+ models)
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls (optional for 2010+ models)
  • Reverse camera and GPS, displayed on a 17.8 cm touchscreen infotainment system (standard in 2012 SX and higher models, 2018 EX trim models, and optional for all 2012+ models)
  • Bluetooth for Apple/Android connectivity (optional for 2012+ models)

Space

Due to its compact design, some reviews suggest that cabin space is limited and legroom in the backseat is not suitable for tall adults. However, there's a generous amount of room in front, so pulling those seats forward to accommodate passengers is no hassle.

60/40 split rear folding seats became available with the 2010 hatchback models, extending its 17.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats to 32.8 cubic feet. As the sedan’s trunk space is 13.7 cubic feet, the hatchback would be a better option for those needing more carrying capacity. 

Comfort

The Rio is generally well-suited to day-to-day city life. The suspension is on the firmer side, which means the ride isn't the smoothest—but on the whole, the car handles well.

Frequently asked questions

Kia Rio S trims and higher come standard with cruise control and steering wheel-mounted controls to shift into cruise control with ease.

The current 2019 Kia Rio sedans start at $14,795, and the hatchback starts at $14,995. Older options may have significantly lower price points, close to $3,000.

The Kia Rio is offered in two options: the 5-door hatchback or the four-door sedan. Both are relatively similar in size.

The Kia Rio is designed as well as manufactured in the company's own home country of South Korea in Asia.

The Kia Rio achieves an impressive 7.5 L/100 km combined, with about 6.4 L/100 km on the highway and 8.3 L/100 km in the city.