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Kia Rio

At the moment, Kia Rio in the class of budget models is one of the most interesting options, especially if we are talking about a version with engine capacity of 1.6 liters (123 hp). In many aspects Rio is not worse than some members of a larger segment of "C". Of course, we do not compare this sedan with the best representatives of the class, such as the new Volkswagen Golf or Opel Astra. But with the “old” and the “second echelon” Rio can already compete, if not by its space in the cabin, then certainly by the quality of assembly, the level of “frills” and driving characteristics. And no doubt the new Rio has become a head taller than the previous model of the same name.


There are no complaints about the suspension; Rio initially received the shock absorbers with different characteristics. Thanks to them, the car stands firmly on the track, but when driving on uneven pavement at high speed Rio starts to twitch a little bit. The transmission works well, it is quite difficult to make a mistake in the choice of gear. The automatic transmission is also fine, although it is not the most modern and has a total of four speeds. However, there should not be any complaints, 1.4-liter engine and 123 hp is enough for the automatic transmission. With engine 1.6 the car price exceeds, but also it receives a lot of additional and needed functions: music, electric rear windows and heated seats. The system of exchange rate stability can only be obtained in the maximum configuration (six airbags are also available in more expensive versions; “ordinary” buyers of Rio will have only two airbags).

The Comparison of Sedan and Hatchback

In this Kia Rio Review we talk about sedan, but the recently launched Kia five-door hatchback from a practical point of view seems to be much more interesting. Even if taking into the account that hatchback trunk is smaller than sedan’s, but there won’t be any problems with the transportation of bulky items.

Trims and Configurations

Which version of the Kia Rio can be considered the best choice? Some believe that the main advantage of vehicles of this class is the price, and so it is best to buy Rio in the basic version of Comfort with the engine capacity of 1.4 liters (107 hp). Incidentally, it also has quite decent powertrain, which is enough for most buyers of Rio. But this is the opinion of “economy” clan, for which the vehicle is just a means of transportation. If you want to enjoy the drive, it is necessary to take Rio in complete Luxe, which is more expensive, but has the engine capacity of 1.6 liters. It will have all the necessary minimum of “bells and whistles”. The car in the richest version Prestige or Premium is comfortable and pleasant to the touch (the elements of interior are trimmed with leather), and it automatically locks the doors at a set rate.


Length – 4377 cm, width – 1700 cm, height – 1470 mm; clearance – 160 mm; wheelbase – 2570 mm; trunk volume – 500l; unladen weight – 1129 kg, gross vehicle weight – 1565 kg.


Maximum speed – 190 km/h. The acceleration to 100 km/h in 10.3 sec. Tires – 185/65 R15. Fuel consumption: urban – 8.5l/100 km, extra urban – 5.2, combined – 6.4.

To sum up the Kia Rio Review, we would like to mention that the Koreans managed to produce very balanced car, which has almost everything that is required by buyers of models of this class: high quality of interior, decent engines, good insulation compared to the competition, and comfort.

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