2018 Kia Rio Review — Cars.com


shopping for a subcompact car is about
as exciting as shopping for a pair of sneakers the class consists of some of
the most basic and most affordable vehicles on the market the 2018 Kia Rio
however adds a little flair to the segment Kia’s smallest car was
redesigned this year and a few new extras make it stand out the Rio comes
in sedan and hatchback body styles and the hatchback offers more cargo room
than you’d expect him a subcompact and more room than key rivals like the Honda
Fit and Ford Fiesta hatchback the wide opening hatch makes loading easy and I
was able to fit a full grocery load for my family of five in the back with a bit
of room left over at first glance there’s nothing really special about
this cabin the materials look and feel budget grade but some nice contrast
stitching and some seat patterns add a little pizzazz the highlight of the
cabin is the user-friendly multimedia system this is the top-line e^x trim so
it has a 7 inch screen the touch screen is easy to use user friendly and it’s
got a very slick tablet like modern look it’s mounted high on the dash for good
visibility and is powered by the latest version of Kia’s multimedia system it’s
also compatible with apple carplay and android auto in back legroom is just
okay for adults but I was able to install two forward-facing car seats
back here without a problem thanks to these exposed flat changers
rear-facing car seats were another story it was tough to fit our infant seat and
the rear facing convertible seats stole a lot of the front passenger’s legroom
making for an uncomfortable setup the rio uses a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder paired
with a 6-speed manual transmission on bass models and an automatic on all
other trims on the road it’s predictably slow and loud hallmarks of this class
isolation from the road isn’t great either with just about every bump felt
however the REO has one feature that sets it apart sport mode it alters the
transmission shift points for more oomph it feels much livelier from a stop and
more responsive on the highway when merging after switching over to sport
mode in my test I never went back to regular mode the Rio also delivers in the value
Department and prices went down for 2018 sedan version start just under $15,000
and hatchbacks are about $300 higher all models still get Kia’s really impressive
warranty it’s five years 60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper ten years a hundred
thousand mile powertrain if budget is on your mind but you’re looking for
something just a little bit extra the Rio might fit