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2018 Kia Rio

EX 5-door Hatchback1.6L I-4FWD6A8.5 sec16.7 sec @ 85 mph28/37/28 mpgCar and Driver
EX 5-door Hatchback1.6L I-4FWD6A8.7 sec16.6 sec @ 84.6 mph28/37/29.7 mpgMotor Trend

2013 Kia Rio

SX 5-door Hatchback1.6L I-4FWD6M8.2 sec16.6 sec @ 83 mph29/37/30 mpgCar and Driver
SX 5-door Hatchback1.6L I-4FWD6M8.2 sec16.5 sec @ 83.1 mph29/37/30.9 mpgMotor Trend

2012 Kia Rio

EX 5-door Hatchback1.6L I-4FWD6A8.9 sec16.7 sec @ 83.5 mph28/36/---- mpgMotor Trend
EX 5-door Hatchback1.6L I-4FWD6A9.0 sec16.9 sec @ 83 mph28/36/38 mpgMotor Week
LX 5-door Hatchback1.6L I-4FWD6M7.9 sec16.4 sec @ 84.9 mph29/37/30.8 mpgMotor Trend
SX 5-door Hatchback1.6L I-4FWD6A9.5 sec17.2 sec @ 81 mph28/36/28 mpgCar and Driver

2006 Kia Rio

Rio5 SX 5-door Hatchback1.6L I-4FWD5M9.9 sec17.3 sec @ 79 mph27/32/30 mpgCar and Driver
Rio5 SX 5-door Hatchback1.6L I-4FWD5M9.4 sec17.2 sec @ 82 mph27/32/30 mpgMotor Week

2004 Kia Rio

Cinco Wagon1.6L I-4FWD5M9.8 sec17.4 sec @ 79.2 mph23/30/---- mpgMotor Trend

2001 Kia Rio

Sedan1.5L I-4FWD5M10.3 sec17.6 sec @ 78 mph24/29/29 mpgCar and Driver
Sedan1.5L I-4FWD5M10.7 sec17.7 sec @ 76.4 mph24/29/---- mpgMotor Trend
Sedan1.5L I-4FWD5M9.3 sec17.0 sec @ 83 mph24/29/34 mpgMotor Week

About Kia Rio

Are you looking for a car that does not compromise on performance? If so, you need to consider the Kia Rio. It is a sub-compact, but when you step on its pedal, you will experience the power and strength under its hood.

The new upgraded Kia Rio has a subtly revised styling. There are also minor cabin tweaks, and a new front and rear bumper design. Its grille design is also new and its alloy wheels looks attractively different as well.

All in all, you will be amazed at how the lowly Kia of years past has improved in styling, performance and comfort. You need to consider the Kia Rio if you are thinking of changing your old car.

A Short History of the Kia Rio

Kia Rio 0-60Kia Motors has produced the subcompact Kia Rio since August 2000. This car model is now in its third generation. There are three body styles of the new Rio – a three and five-door hatchback, and a four-door sedan.

The first generation Kia Pride is the forerunner of the present Kia Rio. It was actually a rebadged version of the Ford Festiva, and the Avella which is sold as a Ford in some car markets.

In 2005, the second generation of Kia Rio was launched and sold in Europe. One year later, it was introduced in North America. This second generation was branded and sold as the New Pride in South Korea.

In 2010, the Kia Rio was given a facelift that incorporated the “Tiger Nose” grille. The third generation of the car was introduced in 2012.


If you are thinking of buying this car, you need to know some of its most important specs. Here they are.

  • Engine: 1.6 Liter, Inline Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), 4 138 hp. @ 6,300 rpm, 123 lb.-ft. @ 4,850 rpm of torque
  • Transmission: 6-speed Manual; Optional: Electronically Controlled 6-speed Auto w/ Overdrive
  • Steering: Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Suspension: Front Suspension – MacPherson Struts, Gas Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer Bar, Rear Suspension – Coupled Torsion Beam Axle, Gas Shock Absorbers
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Brakes: 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/ Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)


You will have a less stressful driving experience with the Kia Rio because it has a powertrain that is smooth and refined. Its performance is just what you can expect from a car of its size.

The 138 horsepower, 1.6 liter engine revs smoothly and is surprisingly silent. Its six speed manual transmission is effective in transferring the power to its front-wheels. There is no performance shift in the automatic transmission, but its gears are well-spaced.

With this car, you can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in about 8.2 seconds. That’s not very impressive, but it is not slow either.

The optional ‘active eco’ button on the base model which is standard on the other trim levels will soften the throttle response when pressed. On a Rio with automatic transmission, it changes the shift timing which improves efficiency.

Fuel Economy

Fuel efficiency of the Kia Rio is great. Thanks to the direct injection technology used by the engine. The car’s lightweight construction also plays a major part in its good fuel rating.

In all trim levels, the Kia Rio has a combined 30 miles per gallon fuel rating. This is good but is not a standout in its class.

The Kia Rio is rated at 27 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway. This is what you will get in the six speed manual and automatic transmission.

If you are really fuel efficiency conscious, you should consider the Rio EX which comes with an Eco package that includes ISG (Idle Stop and Go) technology. This system will turn the engine off automatically at stoplights to save gasoline. It will automatically start the car when you lift your foot off the brake.

It is rated by the EPA at 28/37 mpg. But the car can give more since the EPA tests did not include much idling which is often experienced in real world driving.


A rearview camera system is standard on all trim levels of the Kia Rio which enhances the car’s safety.

The NHTSA has given the Kia Rio a four star rating overall, with four stars in frontal impact testing and five stars in side impact testing. It has also awarded the car a four star as its rollover rating.

On its part, the IIHS gave the Kia Rio top ‘good’ ratings form roof strength, rear impact and moderate frontal impact protection. It has also awarded a ‘marginal’ score for small-overlap front collisions and an ‘acceptable’ score for side impact.

Comfort and Quality

There are nice appointments in the cabin of the Kia Rio, although the space is a bit tighter than its nearest rivals.

With its refined trimmings and high quality materials, this car’s cabin looks richer than other cars in its class. Travel bags and big boxes fit nicely in the trunk, although it appears smaller than the trunk of its competitors.

If you would like to read more about Kia Rio, visit the official Kia website.

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