The seats themselves are fairly comfortable, and the interior trim is of a good grade for this price class. The Rio's profile exhibits what Kia calls a subtle wedge shape, with sculpted arches at each fender. Power is a relative term, but since the Rios are small, they feel quick on their feet. The cupholder design has also been revised, and there's a new center gauge cluster and redesigned shift knobs for both the automatic and manual transmissions. Created with a European-inspired exterior, the Rio features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights. All models are powered by a 1.
Standard equipment includes variable intermittent wipers and a rear-window defroster. Legroom even in the outer positions is marginal when the front seat is moved appreciably rearward. Body-colored mirrors and standard 14-inch tires are installed. . The Rio's profile exhibits what Kia calls a subtle wedge shape, with sculpted arches at each fender. Still, you may decide that a two-year-old compact car--with more luxury features and more interior room--is an equally good choice. Although the engine emits considerable buzz and blare when pushed hard, it's pleasantly quiet most of the time.
The Fit, a hatchback, has 21. It's worth spending a little extra for anti-lock brakes--they're a must--and TheCarConnection. Safety Seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and front seat belt pretensioners are standard. The Rio sedan competes with other small cars, including the Chevrolet Aveo and Toyota Yaris. Even when the road surface gets rough, the Rio's suspension absorbs many imperfections.
The cupholder design has also been revised, and there's a new center gauge cluster and redesigned shift knobs for both the automatic and manual transmissions. The 2008 Kia Rio's trunk is now 11. Created with a European-inspired exterior, the Rio features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights. Engine noise is a problem, too. Other standard safety features for the Rio Kia are occupancy sensors and front seat pre-tensioners. Driving Impressions Adding a few horsepower can make quite a difference in a small sedan. Still, headroom is passable and foot room adequate, and getting into the backseat isn't too difficult.
Kia scores four- and five-star ratings for crash protection in the 2008 Rio and Rio5, but side impact protection lags with a three-star rating for passenger side protection. The 2008 Kia Rio has two body styles to choose from: the Kia Rio four-door sedan and the five-door. Each Rio has six standard airbags, including the usual frontal-impact devices, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. Six airbags--including side, curtain, and dual front airbags--are standard, while anti-lock brakes are optional. Both cars are built on the same platform as Hyundai's. News Best Cars Staff February 17, 2009 Note: This review was created when the 2008 Kia Rio5 was new. If you're shopping for an affordable small car with a hatch design, consider Scion's.
Options include 15-inch wheels, all-disc brakes, fog lamps and a rear spoiler. The bumpers contain black inserts, and black bodyside moldings are installed. Consider the suspicions well founded. Reviewers also rate the Rio5's safety and quality attributes high compared to other. Options include 15-inch wheels, all-disc brakes, fog lamps and a rear spoiler. Kia's Rio5 hatchback is covered separately in the Cars. Either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission can be installed.
The Kia Rio is a good choice for budget-minded buyers who want good fuel economy. The standard brake setup includes front discs and rear drums. The brakes seem strong, but the Rio's manual shift linkage can feel imprecise. Ride comfort is another plus. Exterior The Rio rides on a 98.
The hatchback offers lots of cargo space. These are all relatively new vehicles that offer better fuel economy with little loss of interior space to compact cars such as the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. Kia's Rio5 hatchback is covered separately in the Cars. All five seating positions get three-point belts. Each Rio has six standard airbags, including the usual frontal-impact devices, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. In addition to the new front-wheel-drive platform, the '06 Rio's engine produced slightly more horsepower than the outgoing car's. Despite short seat bottoms, the front seats are rather comfortable.