Kia Rio

Kia's smallest car is also one of its best looking. Only relatively young, the Rio launched in 2000 and the third generation has just been released.

The five-seat, five-door light hatchback was renewed in 2017, and is offered in three grades – S, Si and SLi. The only engine option is a carryover 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol model, while the base S can be had with a manual gearbox. The other two are lumbered with an outdated four-speed automatic until the end of 2017 at best, when a new, smaller turbocharged engine and six-speed transmission comes on stream.

Current prices range from $15,990 for the Rio S to $22,990 for the Rio SLi.

Kia Rio Reviews

Editor's Pick

Kia Rio 2017 review

Andrew Chesterton road tests and reviews the new Kia Rio with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its Australian launch in Melbourne.Read more

2017

Kia Rio S manual 2017 review

Kia's entry-level Rio S boasts upgraded multimedia and enhanced safety tech, not to mention improved dynamics and more space. Sounds good, but is it enough to get a jump on the light car big guns?Read more

Kia Rio SLi 2017 review

Even as the market for small passenger cars continues to soften, carmakers are still building small, light, and practical hatches. Kia's fourth gen Rio is one example, except for one glaring omission.Read more

Kia Rio Si 2017 review: snapshot

The Si is the mid-spec model in the 2017 Kia Rio rangeRead more

Kia Rio S 2017 review: snapshot

The S model is the entry point to the 2017 Kia Rio rangeRead more

2016

Kia Rio S Premium auto 2016 review

Richard Berry road tests and reviews the 2016 Kia Rio S Premium auto with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

2015

Used Kia Rio review: 2000-2015

Ewan Kennedy reviews the first generation, second generation and third generation Kia Rio, from 2001, 2007 and 2012, as a used buy.Read more

Kia Rio 2015 review

Alistair Kennedy road tests and reviews the Kia Rio Si with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

Kia Rio 2015 review

Peter Anderson road tests and reviews the 2015 Kia Rio S, with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

2014

Used Kia Rio review: 2011-2014

Graham Smith reviews the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Kia Rio as a used buy.Read more

Price Guide

$19,490

Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Lowest Price

$15,990

Highest Price

$22,990

Range & Specifications

2017 Hatchback - Discontinued Jan 2017
S
MSRP
$18,090
ANCAP Rating
2017 Hatchback - Discontinued Jan 2017
S Premium
MSRP
$19,790
ANCAP Rating
2017 Hatchback
Si
MSRP
$21,490
ANCAP Rating
TBA
2017 Hatchback
SLi
MSRP
$22,990
ANCAP Rating
TBA
2017 Hatchback - Discontinued Jan 2017
Sport
MSRP
$21,490
ANCAP Rating

Kia Rio News

Kia Rio goes surfing at SEMA

9 November 2011 by CarsGuide team

Kia plans 1.1-litre diesel

14 September 2011 by Neil Dowling

Kia engine future

7 March 2011 by Neil Dowling

2015 Kia Rio detailed

17 October 2014 by Craig Duff

2015 Kia Rio revealed

29 September 2014 by Aiden Taylor

New cars coming in 2014 | less than $20,000

3 January 2014 by Malcolm Flynn

Kia Rio gets new look

31 July 2009 by Neil McDonald