2019 Kia Rio

Buyer's Guide

Occupying the bottom rung of Kia’s lineup and designed to appeal to car buyers on a budget, the Rio subcompact is the sort of car you have to see to believe. It’s not luxurious, but it presents itself with more style than you might expect in an economy car.

We actually think the Rio was more distinctive looking before its 2018 redesign, but the new look is a grown up one and gives the car a strong visual link to some of Kia’s larger and more expensive models.

For 2019, Kia adds LED headlights to the top-end EX Tech trim, and replaces last year’s optional six-speed automatic with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Otherwise, the Rio’s makeup is the same. Under the hood is a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that makes 130 hp and 119 lb-ft of torque. LX trim comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission; the CVT is optional there and standard in EX, EX Sport and EX Tech trim levels.

The Rio will soon face a smaller crowd of competitors when Ford phases out its Fiesta next year. Still, that leaves a number of other notables in this class, like the Hyundai Accent (which shares the Rio’s platform and powertrains), Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa and Honda Fit. Kia has one of the better-looking cars in the category, though we’re not sure how important that is to the bulk of buyers at the sub-$20,000 price point.

Standard features in LX trim include 15-inch steel wheels with covers, heated side mirrors, power windows, locks and mirror adjustments, keyless entry, automatic headlights, heated front seats and steering wheel, four-speaker stereo with 5.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and USB input.

LX+ trim adds air conditioning and cruise, and the only other option down here is the CVT.

EX gets alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, fog lights, sunroof, tilt-and-telescopic steering, automatic climate control, passive keyless entry, 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen and a six-speaker stereo.

EX Sport trim brings 17-inch wheels, LED taillights and automatic wipers, while EX Tech gains navigation, automatic emergency braking, leather seats and LED headlights.

Kia’s fuel consumption estimates for the 2019 Rio curiously list the old six-speed automatic as the optional transmission; nonetheless, those ratings are 8.5 / 6.5 L/100 km (city/highway) with the auto and 8.3/6.4 with the stickshift. We suspect that the CVT’s estimates will be a bit thriftier than those for the six-speed auto.

2019 Kia Rio Specifications

There are 12 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $14,845 MSRP
7.4
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
130 hp @6300 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
LX Manual $14,845 5 Sedan
LX Manual 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
LX Manual 172.6" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
LX Manual
LX Manual Cloth Seats
LX Manual
LX Manual
LX Manual $15,045 5 Hatchback
LX Manual 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
LX Manual 160" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
LX Manual
LX Manual Cloth Seats
LX Manual
LX Manual
LX+ Manual $16,445 5 Sedan
LX+ Manual 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
LX+ Manual 172.6" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
LX+ Manual
LX+ Manual Cloth Seats
LX+ Manual
LX+ Manual
LX+ Manual $16,645 5 Hatchback
LX+ Manual 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
LX+ Manual 160" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
LX+ Manual
LX+ Manual Cloth Seats
LX+ Manual
LX+ Manual
LX+ Auto $17,845 5 Sedan
LX+ Auto 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
LX+ Auto 172.6" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
LX+ Auto
LX+ Auto Cloth Seats
LX+ Auto
LX+ Auto
LX+ Auto $18,045 5 Hatchback
LX+ Auto 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
LX+ Auto 160" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
LX+ Auto
LX+ Auto Cloth Seats
LX+ Auto
LX+ Auto
EX Auto $20,745 5 Sedan
EX Auto 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
EX Auto 172.6" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
EX Auto
EX Auto Cloth Seats
EX Auto
EX Auto
EX Auto $20,945 5 Hatchback
EX Auto 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
EX Auto 160" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
EX Auto
EX Auto Cloth Seats
EX Auto
EX Auto
EX Sport Auto $21,845 5 Sedan
EX Sport Auto 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
EX Sport Auto 172.6" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
EX Sport Auto
EX Sport Auto Cloth Seats
EX Sport Auto
EX Sport Auto
EX Sport Auto $22,045 5 Hatchback
EX Sport Auto 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
EX Sport Auto 160" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
EX Sport Auto
EX Sport Auto Cloth Seats
EX Sport Auto
EX Sport Auto
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation $23,795 5 Sedan
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation 172.6" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation Leather Seats
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation $23,995 5 Hatchback
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation 130 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation 160" 67.9" 57.1" 101.6"
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation Leather Seats
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation
EX Tech Auto w/Navigation

Owner Reviews: 2019 Kia / Rio

Average Rating

2005 Kia Rio

Trim: RIO RX-V Black
by travelingmusic on 10-17-2012
Holds a ton
My girlfriend and I drove across the country with this litte kia stationwagon packed full of boxes, camping equipment, and even her pet hedgehog, in a travel carrier. It not only got us from the west to the east, but it did so with ease and comfort. I'd recommend buying one.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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2009 Kia Rio

by SMarks on 10-16-2012
2009 KIA RIO
I HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF RENTING A RIO IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER. I FOUND IT TO BE VERY DRAFTY EVEN WITH THE HEAT ON FULL BLAST. I DIDN'T ENJOY THE RIDE ON THE HIGHWAY AND FOUND IT VERY LOUD. IM NOT A HUGE FAN OF THE INTERIOR OR THE EXTERIOR STYLING, BUT THERE WAS A FAIR AMOUNT OF CARGO SPACE AND PLENTY OF LEG ROOM FOR THE BACK SEAT PASSENGERS.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
2/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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2000 Kia Rio

by KoalaSierra on 10-15-2012
Great first car!
This was a great first car! Although it looks compact from the outside, it's actually quite spacey and plenty of room in the trunk. It's perfect for zipping around the city and also handles well on long haul journeys. I have no regrets purchasing my Kia Rio and the only reason I had to let it go was because I was moving to another country.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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