Kia Rio Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Kia Rio reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Kia Rio 2017: Jerky gear change

Answered by CarsGuide 11 Jan 2019

It needs investigation, and because it is still under warranty I would urge you take it to a Kia dealer. It could be that the fluid needs to be changed, although it shouldn’t at such low kilometres, so perhaps it’s something to do with the driveline computer.

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What's a cheap and reliable car?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Oct 2018

If you want a cheap and reliable small car go for something like a Hyundai i30, Kia Rio, Toyota Corolla, or Mitsubishi Lancer.

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My car is too expensive

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Oct 2018

Buying a smaller, new car would give you the certainty of a long warranty and the benefit of capped price servicing. You could consider a Kia Rio, for instance, which would have a 7-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

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What $20,000 car should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Apr 2018

Unfortunately you’ve kept the Corolla too long, and have had to spend money to keep it going. Keep that in mind for the next one you buy.

You’re constrained by your $20,000 budget, but I would suggest you look at a Kia Rio, Mazda2, Mitsubishi Lancer, or Suzuki Swift. All should fall within your budget and all will give you a good run. If you were prepared to buy a used car that is one or two years old, you could consider a Toyota Corolla, or a Mazda3.

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Is there a new drivetrain coming for the Kia Rio?

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Nov 2017

It’s not likely to be in the next 12 months is the word we’ve been given.

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Safe hatchbacks for a learner driver?

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Jun 2017

If it were my daughter I would be looking for safety and reliability as top priorities in a first car. With your budget I would be looking at a 2013/14 Mazda2, a 2014/15 Kia Rio, and a 2014 Toyota Yaris.

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Strange grinding noise in 2015 Kia Rio

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Jun 2017

It could be something as simple as a stone caught in a caliper. If you can't get any satisfaction from your dealer report the problem to Kia's customer assistance service (131542) and request their help. Hopefully you can back up your claims that it was there from day one with some form of documentation.

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Low fuss, low cost city hatchbacks?

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Apr 2017

For reliability and no-fuss driving it's best to go for an Asian brand rather than a European one. Euros can be expensive, particularly when they get older. I would suggest a 2013 Kia Rio or Hyundai i30, both are good cars, both have electronic stability control and fit within your budget.

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Ford Focus 2009: Is it a good car?

Answered by CarsGuide 14 Apr 2017

The Focus is a great driving car, but there are serious issues with its dual-clutch automatic transmission, so serious you should avoid it, or buy a manual. Consider others like the Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Kia Rio, etc.

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Is the key fob on my Kia Rio covered by warranty?

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Sep 2016

I would think the key should be covered by the warranty, given that it failed. It’s not like it wore out through use, when I wouldn’t expect it to be covered. Contact Kia directly on 1800 600 010 and see if you can negotiate a deal for a free replacement.

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