The Kia Rio is an entry-level under-counter car, available as a 5-door hatchback. This new fourth-generation version adds standard comfort features and is slightly longer, lower and wider than the previous model, offering more cabin room and a more athletic profile. Kia emphasizes its advanced safety features, energy efficiency and value. Three levels of finish LX, S and ES are available.
Compared to its predecessor, the Rio has become a serious car may be too affected. The outgoing hatch that 2018 Kia Rio 5Door is one of the most funky designs in his class, with an aggressive body line and an attitude a bit like a concept car. The new model seems stable by comparison, with a vertical front end and a rather prosaic shoulder line. The plastic strip between the headlights is painted black, simulating a conventional grid opening, and the mirrors, which were mounted on the door, moved to the pillar A. However, most customers will appreciate the appearance quite conservative of the new Rio. A number of pathetically weak customers in this segment are buying their car as a design statement.
The cockpit leaves little to be desired except, perhaps, the stylistic purity of the previous design. On the other hand, this one feels a generation to come. Each switch is where it belongs, and the infotainment system looks rich and upscale. It works perfectly, too. Although it is a small car, the Rio offers plenty of room for four passengers. And, of course, the tailgate’s cargo hold is spacious.
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In the European market, the 2018 Kia Rio 5Door can be equipped with a range of high-end features, including lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, as well as such as a heated steering wheel. The number of these amenities for the US market remains to be seen, we guess most of them, but they demonstrate the potential of this entry level car.
Regardless of size, the only engine available is a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine for 130 horsepower and 119 pounds of torque. This is a revised version of the outgoing Rio engine, but set for a better low end torque. In conjunction with his intelligently programmed transmission, he was very competent. To paraphrase a colleague, the driver and the powertrain are aware that there is not much to do with power, so the government is trying to mitigate this by reducing the regime. The automatic transmission from Rio is estimated by EPA at 28 miles per gallon for city driving, 37 mpg and 32 mpg combined. My driving partner and I realized about 33 to 34 mpg in a mix of highway and city driving on the roads outside of Baltimore.