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Kia Rio:Review the specs, features and pros & cons

Kia Rio side view
Kia Rio angular front perspective
Kia Rio angular rear perspective

Overview of the Kia Rio

Learn about the Kia Rio

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.

Pros and cons of the Kia Rio

  • 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.

Specifications of the Kia Rio

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic or Manual
  • City consumption7.7 - 9.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption5.8 - 7.2 L/100km
  • Width1675 mm
  • Length4215 mm
  • Trunk space290 L
  • Cargo space290 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Kia Rio

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 variant of the Kia Rio 2001 - 2002 is available in 4 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Frequently asked questions about the Kia Rio

Dimensions of the Kia Rio

Vehicle dimensions
YearHeight fromWidth fromLength from
Exact values depend on trim choices.
20021440 mm1675 mm4215 mm
20011440 mm1675 mm4215 mm