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Kia Rio 2021

The 2021 Kia Rio range of configurations is currently priced from $22,990.

Carsguide Journalist Tom White had this to say at the time: When we ran all the numbers for each of our CarsGuide scoring criteria, I was genuinely surprised to see how close this race was. Each of these hatchbacks is an excellent choice in the segment, and each have their own clear pros and cons in the specs tested here.

You can read the full review here.

The 2021 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 2021 Price and Specs

The Kia Rio 2021 is currently available from $22,990 for the Rio Sport up to $27,990 for the Rio GT-Line.

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Kia Rio Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
GT-Line Hatchback 1.0L ULP 7 SP AUTO $18,700 $26,070
S Hatchback 1.4L ULP 6 SP AUTO $15,400 $21,780
S Hatchback 1.4L ULP 6 SP MAN $13,500 $19,470
Sport Hatchback 1.4L ULP 6 SP AUTO $16,700 $23,320
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Kia Rio 2021 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 2021 Interior

The Rio GT-Line offers a large interior space for its class, with trim unique from the rest of the Rio range. There is a smattering of dark and carbon-look trims in the cabin, with a sportier flat bottomed steering wheel.

It also offers a centre console box and armrest which is rare for vehicles in this class, but also has a selection of hard plastic trims across the dash and door trims.

Design-wise the Rio is mature for the segment, with thoughtful ergonomics, and its seats are comfortable.

There are also a healthy amount of storage options in the cabin for front passengers, with a notable lack of amenities for rear passengers.

Kia Rio 2021 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2021 Kia Rio is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Kia Rio currently offers fuel consumption from 5.3 to 6.2L/100km. The Kia Rio is available with the following fuel type: ULP.

Kia Rio Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
GT-Line Hatchback 1.0L,ULP,7 SP AUTO 5.3L/100km
GT-Line Hatchback 1.0L,ULP,7 SP AUTO 5.4L/100km
S Hatchback 1.4L,ULP,6 SP MAN 5.6L/100km
S Hatchback 1.4L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 6.2L/100km
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Kia Rio 2021 Accessories

The Rio GT-Line has been updated for the 2021 model year to feature a new even larger 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

There is also a 4.2-inch colour multifunction screen embedded in the instrument cluster, but no fully digital dash elements.

The GT-Line also gains a new single-zone climate control cluster, replacing manual air conditioning controls in the previous car.

In terms of physical connectivity, the GT-Line offers a single USB 2.0 port and 12v port. There are no advanced items like USB-C or wireless charging.

Kia Rio 2021 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2021 Kia Rio are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1725mm x 1450mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Kia Rio 2021 Dimensions  include 1450mm height, 1725mm width, 4070mm length.
Kia Rio Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
S Hatchback 1450x1725x4065 mm 140 mm
SX Hatchback 1450x1725x4065 mm 140 mm
Sport Hatchback 1450x1725x4065 mm 140 mm
GT-Line Hatchback 1450x1725x4070 mm 140 mm
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Kia Rio 2021 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2021 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.

Kia Rio Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
S Hatchback 185x65 R15 185x65 R15
SX Hatchback 205x45 R17 205x45 R17
Sport Hatchback 205x45 R17 205x45 R17
GT-Line Hatchback 205x45 R17 205x45 R17
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Kia Rio 2021 Towing capacity

The Kia Rio’s towing capacity ranges from 800kg 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
S Hatchback 1.4L,ULP,6 SP MAN 1000kg
S Hatchback 1.4L,ULP,6 SP MAN 800kg
SX Hatchback 1.4L,ULP,6 SP MAN 800kg
Sport Hatchback 1.4L,ULP,6 SP MAN 1000kg
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Kia Rio 2021 Seats

The Rio GT-Line has unique seat trim in the Rio range, and offers good levels of comfort and spaciousness, paticularly for the segment.

Headroom is excellent in both the front and rear seats, and legroom is also excellent in both rows. It's worth noting that while the seat trim offers good comfort levels, there is next to no side bolstering, nor is there any kind of electrical adjust.

The rear seats offer dual ISOFIX and three top-tether child-seat mounting points.

Kia Rio 2021 Seats

Kia Rio 2021 Speed

Kia does not offer an official 0-100km/h time for the Rio GT-Line despite its extra performance credentials over the rest of the range.