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The Kia Rio is offered in a stylish sedan or 5-door hatchback configuration. It features high standards not traditionally found in a small car. A sporty personality, impressive fuel economy, and high level of safety take priority in its design.

The Rio is offered in LX, S and EX trim levels. Power comes from a 130-hp 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine. Depending on trim level, either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode is offered. Available unique features include a push button ignition, power mirrors, heated seats, idle stop and go (ISG), rearview camera, UVO audio infotainment system, navigation, heated steering wheel, power sunroof, projection headlights, and LED taillights. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control with brake and hill start assist, and traction control.

The Kia Rio has been redesigned for 2018.

Introduction

Redesigned for 2018, the Kia Rio subcompact sedan and hatchback show numerous improvements over the outgoing model.All-new and beginning its fourth generation, the 2018 Rio is slightly lower and wider than before.

The 2018 Rio comes with a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque, slightly less than previously, but improved drivability is promised.As before, Rio is front-wheel drive.

Autonomous emergency braking is available.UVO3 infotainment has been upgraded with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are available.

The four-door sedans and five-door hatchbacks each come in LX, S, or EX trim level.Aside from selecting the desired trim and body color, buyers have little choice, since no options are offered.

Hatchbacks benefit most from the new look for 2018, but they're handily outsold by sedans.The new sedan's proportions appear less frumpy.

EX trim level comes not only with emergency braking, but all-disc brakes (instead of rear drums) and better-quality seats.

Otherwise, Kia hasn't given its entry-level duo much in the way of up-to-date safety equipment.Despite the fact that rearview cameras will soon be mandatory, it's standard only on S and EX models.Blind-spot monitoring isn't offered at all, despite the Rio's obtrusively thick rear pillars (especially on hatchbacks).

Lineup

Rio LX sedan ($13,900) and hatchback ($14,200) come with cloth seats, manual windows, air conditioning, satellite radio, steering-wheel audio controls, 15-inch steel wheels, and manual transmission.Also available is LX automatic sedan ($14,990) and hatchback ($15,290).(Prices are MSRP and do not include $895 destination charge.)

Rio S sedan ($16,100) and hatchback ($16,400) add a rearview camera, cruise control, 5.0-inch display, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, and a split-folding rear seat.A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard.Rio EX sedan ($18,400) and hatchback ($18,700) upgrade to UVO3 infotainment with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, rear disc brakes, 15-inch alloy wheels, a 3.5-inch information screen, embossed cloth seat trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.Autonomous emergency braking is standard.

A Launch Edition package ($500) includes leather inserts in the seats.

Walkaround

Conservative in styling, yet sleeker than its predecessor, the 2018 Kia Rio shows cleaner body lines than its rather dowdy predecessor, especially in hatchback form.Sheetmetal creases are sharper.Front ends are a little taller than before, wearing a more upright tiger nose grille.

Foglamps have moved outward, making the Rio look wider.Windshield pillars are more upright.Dimensions have increased, but only slightly.

On both body styles, designers opened up the lower front bumper, resulting in a more expressive face.Headlights sit higher, reaching further back into the front fenders.Wheels have been pushed out toward the corners, shrinking the previously-excessive overhangs.Hatchback rear ends, in particular, look the best, avoiding the sedan's blanked-out rear quarter window.

Interior

Quiet and comfortable for adults, the Rio's cabin is significantly improved.According to the EPA, the Rio again qualifies as a compact car, in terms of interior space.Cabin details also suggest a move upward in class.

Improved quietness results from greater use of adhesives in the chassis, according to Kia, helping to subdue road and tire sounds.

Front seats are comfortable and adequately (but thinly) padded.Only the driver's seat adjusts up/down.

Back seats are surprisingly spacious as well as comfortable.Even taller adults can typically sit behind another adult without feeling too cramped.Two passengers fit best, but for shorter trips, three teenagers aren't likely to complain about squeezing.

Sitting relatively low and more upright than before, the Rio dashboard contains a thoughtfully-considered central touchscreen.In EX models, the 7.0-inch touchscreen works with UVO3, the latest version of Kia's slick-operating infotainment system.Prompt responses and natural swiping action mean UVO3 outperforms several competitors.

Cargo volume again totals 13.7 cubic feet in sedans.Hatchbacks offer 17.4 cubic feet with seatbacks upright (a gain of 2).Folding the seatback expands that space to 32.8 cubic feet.Hatchback openings have widened.

Driving Impression

Compared to the outgoing Rio, the 2018 versions are a lot more livable.Despite ranking as a budget-focused car, the latest Rio performs better, with greater response at lower speeds.Power might be comparatively modest, but it's delivered in a more immediate manner.

Essentially, the Rio makes good use of its available energy, eagerly infusing a touch of spirit into road behavior.Even its sounds are pleasant ones.

Though adequate, Kia's 6-speed automatic transmission can be indecisive.Still, it does an admirable job of keeping the small engine behaving with peak efficiency.A Sport button causes the transmission to hold each gear longer, which inevitably hurts fuel economy.

Also improved is ride quality, which is impressively composed, despite use of the same basic suspension as before – which earned subpar evaluation.Revised spring and damper settings have made the suspension more compliant, able to subdue more pavement roughness.

Steering feel also has improved.So has its accuracy, though these benefits are somewhat overshadowed by unusually light weight at the steering wheel.Whether all-disc (in EX) or with rear drums, brakes feel confident, though hard stops yield some nosedive.

Regardless of transmission, the 2018 Rio is relatively fuel efficient.Equipped with automatic, the Rio is EPA-rated at 28/37 mpg City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined.Manual-shift Rios reduce the City figure by just 1 mpg.

Summary

The Kia Rio comes modestly equipped in base trim, though fitted with a fine infotainment system.Step-up models add quite a few desirable features.The price starts climbing, however.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Manual-shift auto
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Leather shift knob
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Rio 4
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Rio 4
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Rio 4
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA First Time New Vehicle Buyer Program
Rio 4
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA First Time New Vehicle Buyer Program
Rio 4
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA First Time New Vehicle Buyer Program
Rio 4
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA First Time New Vehicle Buyer Program
Rio 4
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Rio 4
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Lease Credit Cash
Rio 4
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Lease Credit Cash
Rio 4
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Finance Credit Cash
Rio 4
$500 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Kia CA Future Value Program
Rio 4
N/A N/A N/A 0.99% 0.99% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Future Value Program
Rio 4
N/A N/A N/A 0.99% 0.99% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Future Value Program
Rio 4
N/A N/A N/A 0.99% 0.99% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Rio 4
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Rio 4
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Rio 4
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Rio 4
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Residuals
Rio4 EX AT (RO744J)
N/A 44% 33% 24% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Rio 4
N/A 2.99% 2.99% 3.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Rio 4
N/A 2.99% 2.99% 3.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Rio 4
N/A 1.99% 1.99% 2.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Rio 4
N/A 1.99% 1.99% 2.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

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