Kia Rio

4.25 | 28 Review(s)
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Things we like in Rio

When it comes to premium hatchbacks, there are very few options available in the market, which offer the stance and levels of a premium feel-good factor as the Kia Rio does. The hatchback is fairly large and the dimensions along with the low slung stance give the Kia Rio a smart and authoritative road presence.

It’s not only the exteriors of the Kia Rio which make it a premium looking car, but the hatchback is also pretty impressive when you step in its cabin as well. The overall cabin layout not only feels wide and well-built, but also the presence of many premium bits like a touch screen infotainment system, keyless entry with push-button start and automatic climate control makes it feel like a car from one segment above.

While the large dimensions give the Kia Rio a good presence, they also play a major role in making the interior cabin vastly spacious as well. The Rio offers an impressive amount of legroom and knee room, which are comparable to an entry-level sedan positioned one price bracket above it.

Things we don't like in Rio

The Kia Rio’s 1.4-litre engine is fairly decent when it comes to performance on tarmac, but the fuel efficiency in both manual, as well as automatic variants, are not too excellent to write about.

The Kia Rio feels upmarket and modern in each and every aspect, however, the instrument console design feels too plain and unattractive, which makes up for a boring looking driver’s cockpit.

Recent Updates of Rio

The Kia Rio hatchback is among the premium offerings from the brand. With a starting price of over PHP 900,000, the car justified the tag with the features it offers. To begin with, it flaunts a pair of bi-projector headlamps and electric folding rear-view mirrors on the outside. Inside the cabin, there is a 3.5-inch LCD screen behind the tilt and telescopic steering. The rear seats are foldable completely and 60:40 to extend the boot space by a huge margin. And finally, the 1.4-litre engine produces 100 PS of power while churning out a peak torque of 133 Nm.

Kia Rio Price

The Rio is priced between ₱920,000 and ₱985,000 .

Kia Rio Variants

There are 2 variants available of Rio: 1.4 LX AT and 1.4 EX AT.

Kia Rio Power-trains

The Rio is powered by a 1368cc 4-cylinder Gasoline engine produces 99 hp of power and 133 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 4-Speed Automatic transmission gearbox.

Kia Rio Features

The feature list of Rio includes Central Locking, Power Door Locks, Anti Theft Device and Engine Immobilizer in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Accessory Power Outlet, Engine Start/Stop Button, Cup Holders-Front, Air Conditioner, Heater, Automatic Headlamps, Keyless Entry, Power Windows Front, Rear Reading Lamp, Vanity Mirror and Trunk Light.

Features for Entertainment & communication include Touch Screen, FM/AM/Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB & Auxiliary Input, Speakers Front, Speakers Rear, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Voice Control and Apple Carplay/Android Auto.

Kia Rio Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Fog Lights Front, Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror, Rear Window Wiper, Rear Window Defogger, Electric Folding Rear View Mirror, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Rear Spoiler, Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicator, Integrated Antenna, Chrome Grille and Adjustable Headlights.

Kia Rio Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Child Safety Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Day & Night Rear View Mirror, Rear Camera, Parking Sensors, Crash Sensor, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams, Door Ajar Warning, Engine Check Warning and Rear Parking Sensors.

Kia Rio Competitors

The Rio Competitors are: Kia Soluto, Toyota Yaris, Mitsubishi Mirage, Volkswagen Santana GTS and Suzuki Swift.

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Kia Rio Review 2023

The Rio has been serving successfully as a volume bringer for Kia ever since its launch over the Picanto as a more premium hatchback. The spacious and well built large hatchback from Kia promises all the basic aspects which a family oriented buyer expects from a car. The Kia Rio is available in four different variants (SL MT, SL AT, DX AT, GL AT) and in eight different color options – Clear White, Silky Silver, Urban Green, Signal Red, Deep Sienna Brown, Smoke Blue, Platinum Graphite and Aurora Black Pearl.

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Brand Kia Philippines
Price ₱920,000 - 985,000
Body Type Hatchback


Engine 1368 cc
Transmission Type Automatic
Power Output 99 hp and 133 Nm of torque
Fuel Type Gasoline
Mileage 17.41 Kmpl
Drive Type FWD


Seating Capacity 5 Seater
Width 1725 mm
Length 4065 mm
Height 1450 mm
Cargo Volume 325 L
Ground Clearance 150 mm

Kia Rio Interior & Features

The Kia Rio might be a budget hatchback aimed at large families. However, the build quality and fit and finish inside the cabin are quite exemplary and feels like it is a car from a segment above.

The slim looking steering wheel is loaded with buttons for audio, Bluetooth, cruise control, and voice recognition. However, the instrument console dilutes the sporty essence of the driver’s cockpit generated by the steering wheel, and looks too plain for anyone’s liking.

The centre console looks wide thanks to the large 2-DIN audio system flanked by two vertical AC vents. However, we would have loved to see a touchscreen unit here, given the current trend.

The Kia Rio comes packed with some really nice features like push-button start with keyless entry, fully automatic climate control, cooled glove box, rain sensing wipers, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, and driver seat height adjustment.

Rio Exterior

The Kia Rio is well proportioned and feels like a car from one segment above, owing to its premium styling, and large dimensions.

At the front, the Rio comes with Kia’s traditional ‘tiger-nose’ grille, albeit in a longitudinally stretched form, which gives it an impression of a very wide car. The swept back headlamps come integrated with projector headlights with daytime running LEDs, thus adding the premium appeal of Rio.

The side profile of the Kia Rio doesn’t come with any prominent character line, which makes it look too sober and dilutes the aggression of the front stance. However, the large 17-inch alloy wheels do give it a sportier stance.

At the rear, the Kia Rio looks a bit bland with a plain rear hatch with large bulbous looking tail lamps with LED inserts on either side. However, the rounded profile with roof-mounted spoiler gives it a squat stance when viewed from the rear.

Kia Rio Ride & Handling

Based on the Hyundai i20 hatchback, the Kia Rio inherits all the positive traits of the former. The front Macpherson struts with stabilizer and rear coupled torsion beam axle are tuned on a softer edge to impart a plush ride quality over all kinds of roads. However, the steering lacks the precision and might feel wallow at higher speeds. Space inside is adequate for five passengers.

Rio Engine & Fuel Consumption

The Kia Rio is being offered with just one engine option. Sourced from Hyundai, the 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine employed for the job is adequate enough to produce a maximum power output of 100 PS and a peak torque of 134Nm. The engine has got two transmission options on offer. While the base variant (SL MT) comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, the rest of the three are equipped with a 4-speed torque converter.

Kia Rio Braking & Safety

The Kia Rio is kitted with all the basic essentials, keeping the pricing in check. The list of safety equipment in the Rio includes dual front airbags, ABS, ISOFIX mounts for child seats, keyless entry with alarm, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, and reverse parking sensors.

Rio Verdict

To sum it up, the Kia Rio hits the sweet spot by getting all the basic aspects right. The hatchback feels well-built in and out, has a powerful engine under the hood, is packed with essential comfort, convenience and safety features and looks the part too. The Rio might not emerge out as a driver’s delight, owing to the very plush suspension setting and soft steering setup, however, rest assured, it does prove itself as a very practical option for a family oriented buyer.

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  • One of the best subcompact models

    While looking for performance-oriented subcompact cars, the Kia Rio-4-door stood out to me. I tested many other cars before finalizing it, but none...

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    Espyke Jun 09, 2023 for Kia Rio
  • Nimble ride, easy handling

    I have never enjoyed driving. This may be due to the sluggish cars I have driven in the past that have made driving an obligation rather than an...

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    mahmud Jun 06, 2023 for Kia Rio
  • Sporty and utilitarian

    I wanted an affordable, economical and fun to drive car and I did not want to compromise on style. I felt a hatchback would be perfect considering...

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    Alexsander Mar 23, 2023 for Kia Rio
  • One of the best hatchbacks you can buy in the market

    Buying a hatchback is generally not the choice for anyone, but in most cases you have buy it out of some sort of compulsion. This was the case for...

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    Francis Jan 23, 2023 for Kia Rio
  • Stylish And Spacious Hatchback!

    I have been driving sedans my entire life and then shifting to a hatchback was a big decision for me. But the premium build of this hatchback was the...

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    Kenneth Nov 30, 2022 for Kia Rio
  • A practical and utilitarian car

    The KIA Rio Hatchback is one of the finest hatchbacks in its segment and at its price you cannot get a more comprehensive and all-inclusive package....

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    Abraham Nov 14, 2022 for Kia Rio
  • A fantastic hatchback

    I purchased the Kia Rio hatchback for everyday errands and must say that I am quite satisfied with my purchase. The outside design of the...

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    Geoffrey Sep 15, 2022 for Kia Rio
  • The true hot hatchback

    The Kia Rio is an all-new hatchback that adds a touch of class to the existing 4-door sedan. The Korean manufacturer is branding the car as a hot...

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    Joshua Aug 01, 2022 for Kia Rio
  • The 5-door hatchback that speaks of versatility

    The Kia Rio Hatchback is one of those cars that allows you to make the most of your everyday joyride inside the rush of the city! I’ve been using...

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    Steven May 30, 2022 for Kia Rio
  • A satisfying hatchback

    While I had very few expectations from the KIA Rio Hatchback when I bought it, the car has seriously impressed me in the past few months. While I...

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    Gabriel Mar 03, 2022 for Kia Rio
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