Kia Rio:Review the specs, features and pros & cons
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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.
Kia Rio 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.
Kia Rio 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.
Kia Rio 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)
Kia Rio 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.
Kia Rio 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.
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
Specifications of the Kia RioKey specifications available across all trim levels
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- Trunk space-
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Frequently asked questions about the Kia Rio
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.