Kia Rio

Kia's second 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 – starting from the Rio S at $16,990 and reaching up to the Rio SLi at $22,990. 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 The other two are lumbered with an outdated four-speed automatic until the end of 2017 at best, when a new, smaller turbocharged engine and six-speed transmission comes on stream.

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

2018

Kia Rio 2018 review: S manual

Can Kia's most affordable Rio hatchback edge in front of the pack? At this end of the market every dollar matters... so the price needs to be right.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 Si 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

Price Guide

$19,990

Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Lowest Price

$16,990

Highest Price

$22,990

Range & Specifications

2018 Hatchback
S
MSRP
$19,090
ANCAP Rating
2018 Hatchback
S AO EDITION
MSRP
$17,777
ANCAP Rating
2018 Hatchback
Si
MSRP
$21,490
ANCAP Rating
2018 Hatchback
SLi
MSRP
$22,990
ANCAP Rating

Kia Rio News

2017 Kia Rio sedan debuts in New York

13 April 2017 by Daniel Cotterill

2017 Kia Rio | new car sales price

20 January 2017 by Andrew Chesterton

2017 Kia Rio revealed ahead of Paris

2 September 2016 by Andrew Chesterton

Best new car deals for October

30 September 2016 by Chris Riley

2016 Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016 by Craig Duff

Kia Rio goes surfing at SEMA

9 November 2011 by carsguide team

Kia plans 1.1-litre diesel

14 September 2011 by Neil Dowling