Under the hood, the 2017 Rio is powered by a 1. But in the back seat, with the front seats near the back of their travel for an average-to-taller driver , there's very little rear knee or foot space to speak of, and head room is on the tight side too. The headlights were modified slightly, with a darker appearance and parking lights and side-marker lights sharing the turn-signal housing. The hatchback feels well-built in and out, has a powerful engine under the hood, is packed with essential comfort, convenience and safety features and looks the part too. Resulting computations are based on indicative rates and for estimation purposes only. For 2016, by the way, a manual gearbox is no longer offered on the Rio hatchback, just on the sedan.
The interior materials are soft where needed, and made of harder plastic where occupants aren't likely to touch them. Exterior The Kia Rio is well proportioned and feels like a car from one segment above, owing to its premium styling, and large dimensions. The engine revs smoothly up its power band and is mostly muted while moving the Rio along with just enough gusto when driven aggressively. In fact, it's on the numb side of average. Zipping in and out of traffic was no problem in our Rio, although we did find the manual transmission to be subpar for this class; the 6-speed automatic is a much better choice.
For the 2018 update, a 6-speed transmission replaced the 4-speed transmission and 16 inch alloys replaced the previous 17 inch. According to , the Rio is one of the least expensive vehicles to insure. Mechanically the Sports-Pac was identical to regular models, with the exception of lowered suspension. Kia notes that 85 percent of the Rio's materials are recyclable at the end of the vehicle's lifespan and that seat foams are 100-percent biodegradable. But the Honda Fit, new last year, offers far more interior room and better packaging, the Chevy Sonic has a smoother ride and is more comfortable, and the Ford Fiesta is simply more fun to drive. In November 2011, the third generation Rio was awarded and in December was awarded 's 2011 Car of the Year award as well, triumphing over many other vehicles including the likes of the and the recently facelifted. Having come a long way from the first subcompacts to hit U.
It also has a more refined sound cushioning and interior materials. Rear-seat head room is on the tight side too. But while the sedan seems a bit tall and proportionally challenged, as is often the case with four-door subcompacts, it does a far better job of making the the shape work in such an abbreviated length than do cars like the Ford Fiesta four-door. Filipino hot-hatch enthusiast will love its simple, yet sporty and stylish exterior form, seamlessly integrating a rear hatch while not sacrificing design fluidity and photogenic-ness. Interior materials convey a premium feel despite some throwback details, including toggle switches for the climate control system.
Inside, all seats are upholstered in high-quality black fabric while piano black trim lifts cabin ambiance. Exterior The new Rio has a more sophisticated look with a restyled, narrow grille that brings it in line with the Soul and Optima, more angular headlights and additional satin-finish trim. Smooth curves and sharp lines dominate the exterior of the fourth-generation Rio. However, we would have loved to see a touchscreen unit here, given the current trend. However, the build quality and fit and finish inside the cabin are quite exemplary and feels like it is a car from a segment above.
Aymesa - La primera ensambladora de vehículos del Ecuador. Indeed, the Kia Rio is a vehicle that can help you get the most out of life every day. If you're after cargo versatility, the Honda Fit is still a far more flexible pick, but compared to some other small cars, including the equally small Ford Fiesta, the Rio is a competitive package. The Rio has a sloped roofline, which puts it just behind its sibling the Hyundai Accent in overall interior space. However, the large 17-inch alloy wheels do give it a sportier stance.
The Rio's great design, inside and out, its strong body structure and enhanced safety and its smooth direct-injection engine and 6-speed transmissions are all other very good reasons to consider the Rio in a crowded class that includes the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Mazda2, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris among others. The 3 door is also noticeably cheaper than the 5 door. On the road I am getting between 39-41 mpg. That's the promise of Kia Rio. As for federal regulators, they give the Rio a four-star rating overall, with four and five stars in frontal and side impact testing, respectively, and a four-star rollover rating. Other interior highlights include more satin-finish trim on the control panel and a new shiny black center stack surround.
Other interior highlights include more satin-finish trim on the control panel and a new shiny black center stack surround. As for on-the-road handling, the little Rio stays composed when driven either gently or at whatever pace the engine can deliver. For 2016, Kia has added additional sound-deadening foam to some structural members, to quiet the cabin. Under the Hood Rio powertrains carry over for 2016. Prices for other models are: Kia Rio 1.