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Kia Rio 2005

The 2005 Kia Rio range of configurations is currently priced from $990. Our most recent review of the 2005 Kia Rio resulted in a score of 7 out of 10 for that particular example. You can read the full review here.

This is what Ewan Kennedy liked most about this particular version of the Kia Rio: Underbonnet access is good, Good interior space

The 2005 Kia Rio carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1100 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Kia Rio 2005 Price and Specs

The Kia Rio 2005 is currently available from $990 for the Rio (base) up to $6,500 for the Rio EX.

Pricing guides

$4,345
Based on 21 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$990
Highest Price
$6,500
Kia Rio Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
(base) Hatchback 1.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
(base) Hatchback 1.5L ULP 5 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
EX Hatchback 1.6L ULP 4 SP AUTO $2,200 $3,850
EX Hatchback 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
(base) Sedan 1.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
(base) Sedan 1.5L ULP 5 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
EX Sedan 1.6L ULP 4 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
EX Sedan 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
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Kia Rio 2005 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Kia Rio here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What car should I buy to replace my 2006 Toyota Corolla?

    There are still plenty of great small cars around within your budget, Agnes, and they all have good safety packages (or we wouldn’t recommend them). Look at offerings such as the Suzuki Swift Navigator (with the optional autonomous emergency braking) for around $17,000 (plus on-road costs) or the Kia Rio S at around $19,000 or Kia Picanto S (one size smaller than the Rio) at closer to $16,000. Both the Kias also feature the brand’s excellent seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and free roadside assistance which is great peace of mind.

    The Volkswagen Polo is a classy drive but a little more expensive at closer to $21,000 for the 85TSi Comfortline. Actually, to be honest, you’ve missed the boat on bargain small cars by a couple of years. Firm favourites such as the Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2 have both been updated relatively recently and have recorded big price jumps in the process. The cheapest Yaris with an automatic transmission is now around $23,000 (it was less than $17,000 back in 2018) while the Mazda 2 Maxx went from being a sub-$17,000 proposition in 2018 to a $23,000 car by the time you add an automatic transmission in 2020.

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  • What should I do if the transmission warning sign comes on in my 2020 Kia Rio?

    I wouldn’t be taking the car to a transmission specialist…yet. Since the car is still under warranty, you need to give Kia every chance to sort it out for you. The good news is that this won’t cost you a cent, whereas taking it to an independent repairer will start emptying your wallet.

    You’re doing the right thing by keeping a close watch on the transmission temperature readings (provided that’s not at the expense of watching the road) and if overheating was what caused the warning light to illuminate, then I’d be of the view that the transmission fluid should be changed (at the very least) and an investigation carried out into why the transmission overheated in the first place.

    I haven’t heard of a rash of problems with the Rio GT-Line’s seven-speed DCT transmission in Australia, but Kia’s DCT gearboxes in other models have been known to give problems in other countries. Given our typical summer ambient temperatures, we probably won’t be immune from the same problems. This is not a Kia thing, by the way, but seems to be one of many problems that have plagued DCT (double-clutch) gearboxes over the years from a variety of car-makers.

    The clutch packs in these gearboxes have to slip to work and that’s a well-known cause of heat in any transmission. If they slip enough, they could conceivably cause the transmission to overheat at which point it will trigger the warning light you’re seeing as well as not operating properly and potentially doing internal damage. Both Ford and Volkswagen have discovered this the hard way, replacing many double-clutch transmissions under warranty over the years.

    It’s a bit hard to see why so many manufacturers are persisting with this technology, especially when the modern, multi-ratio conventional automatic is so compact, light and efficient these days.

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  • Skoda Fabia 2017: Would it make a good first car?

    I think that a Kia Rio would be an excellent choice as a first car. Especially since a Rio built in the time frame you’re looking at will still have a big chunk of its factory warranty left to run. The Kia seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty is the best around, really, and provided the car you buy has a complete service record, that warranty will be real peace of mind.

    Also, the Rio is known to be a good, solid car that has a good reputation for reliability and durability. The Skoda Fabia, meantime, suffers from the poor reputation of is dual-clutch transmission. The Fabia is also a bit of an orphan in Australia, meaning that it’s largely overlooked by buyers. That means it will potentially be more difficult to unload when you daughter looks to upgrade her car in a few years.

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  • Kia Rio 2019: Is it economical to run premium petrol?

    The Kia Rio only requires 91RON unleaded. The engine is tuned for that octane rating, so you won’t gain anything, apart from more space in your wallet, by switching to 95 or 98RON fuel. Despite every premium petrol marketing campaign suggesting otherwise, running on more expensive fuel won’t gain you any performance or greater fuel economy, so stick with 91.  

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Kia Rio 2005 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2005 Kia Rio is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Kia Rio currently offers fuel consumption from 6.5 to 7L/100km. The Kia Rio is available with the following fuel type: ULP.

Kia Rio Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
base Hatchback 1.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 6.5L/100km
base Hatchback 1.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 7L/100km
base Sedan 1.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 6.5L/100km
base Sedan 1.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 7L/100km
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Kia Rio 2005 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2005 Kia Rio are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1695mm x 1470mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Kia Rio 2005 Dimensions  include 1440mm height, 1675mm width, 4215mm length.
Kia Rio Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
base Hatchback 1440x1675x4215 mm 135 mm
EX Hatchback 1470x1695x3990 mm 155 mm
base Sedan 1440x1675x4215 mm 135 mm
EX Sedan 1470x1695x4240 mm 155 mm
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Kia Rio 2005 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2005 Kia Rio will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. Standard wheel sizes on the Kia Rio vary from 13x5 inches to 14x5 inches.

Kia Rio Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
base Hatchback 175x70R13 13x5 inches 175x70R13 13x5 inches
EX Hatchback 175x70R14 14x5 inches 175x70R14 14x5 inches
base Sedan 175x70R13 13x5 inches 175x70R13 13x5 inches
EX Sedan 175x70R14 14x5 inches 175x70R14 14x5 inches
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Kia Rio 2005 Towing capacity

The Kia Rio’s towing capacity ranges from 1000kg to 1100kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Kia Rio Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
base Hatchback 1.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1000kg
EX Hatchback 1.6L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1100kg
base Hatchback 1.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1000kg
EX Hatchback 1.6L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1100kg
base Sedan 1.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1000kg
EX Sedan 1.6L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1100kg
base Sedan 1.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1000kg
EX Sedan 1.6L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1100kg
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