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2019 Kia Rio Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Kia Rio S include Gamma 1.6L I-4 130hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2019 Kia
Rio Hatchback

Starting at: $16,490

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system - UVO eServices 911 Connect
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.6 L
  • Engine horsepower - 130hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Engine torque - 119 lb.-ft. @ 4,850RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 77.0mm x 85.4mm (3.03" x 3.36")
  • Compression ratio - 11.00 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,231kg (2,714lbs)
  • GVWR - 744kg (1,640lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,064mm (160.0")
  • Exterior body width - 1,725mm (67.9")
  • Exterior height - 1,450mm (57.1")
  • Wheelbase - 2,581mm (101.6")
  • Turning radius - 5.1m (16.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,069mm (42.1")
  • Rear legroom - 851mm (33.5")
  • Front headroom - 988mm (38.9")
  • Rear headroom - 965mm (38.0")
  • Front hiproom - 1,344mm (52.9")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,331mm (52.4")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,374mm (54.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,354mm (53.3")
  • Passenger volume - 2,563L (90.5 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 493 L (17 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 929 L (33 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.6
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 130hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Torque - 119 lb.-ft. @ 4,850RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 32mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 11.9gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 28mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 37mpg
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 185/65TR15.0
  • Rear tires - 185/65TR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
S 2019 Kia Rio Hatchback S Search New $16,490   130-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  28 / 37  


Driving Impression

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The 1.6-liter inline-4 makes 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to provide adequate acceleration for its light weight, especially on around-town spurts, and it doesn’t need to be revved a lot, except maybe on longer hills to keep the momentum from lagging. The 6-speed automatic transmission is a good partner, providing shifts that are fairly quick and sharp.

We like the way the Rio rides on its standard 15-inch steel wheels that take bumps in stride. It’s firm and composed, while still being soft enough for city driving.

The Rio’s thick three-spoked steering wheel, the same one used on sportier Kias like the Stinger, feels good. The steering is well-weighted and precise, though the road feel is minimal. On a twisty road at modest speeds, the Rio is composed and confident; its tires are narrow, designed to deliver fuel mileage, not aggressive grip. The brakes work well, even without rear discs.

Walk Around

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Reflecting some style of its big brother the Kia Stinger, the Rio’s looks are a notch above other subcompacts. There is a purposeful face with wide grille and sweeping headlamps, and a simple, tasteful rear end. The profile of the sedan is conventional, while the longer roof of the hatchback looks more sporty.

Interior Overview

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The simple dashboard, wide and with three climate controls, is Audi-like. The touchscreen, like a tablet computer, is mounted high on the dash. The larger infotainment touchscreen is blessed with smartphone compatibility alone, while its software works well and includes smartphone app-based features such as remote start and diagnostics.

Despite the lack of soft-touch trim, the low-sheen look of the cabin is pleasant. There is good storage for small items, with deep door pockets and slots for phones near the USB port in the center console.

The rugged fabric upholstery is either black or gray with a busy design; leather and heating aren’t available, but the manual adjustment offers enough positions for different-sized bodies. The front seats are comfortable, while the room in the rear is better than average: very good for two people.

The trunk of the sedan holds 13 cubic feet, which is good for a subcompact. But the hatchback makes far more sense, with its cargo bay of 17.4 cubic feet that grows to nearly 33 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.


New Car Test Drive

A fully-loaded Kia Rio S hatchback, at about $19,000, is a more compelling value than a large majority of small cars. Its looks are stylish, the cabin is plain but comfortable, and the hatchback has excellent cargo space. Add in Kia’s excellent warranty coverage, and the 2019 Rio is a new-car bargain.

Model Lineup

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The base Rio LX sedan costs about $16,200 and comes with cloth upholstery, power windows and locks, a 5.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Bluetooth and a USB port, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated exterior mirrors. Its warranty is excellent: a 5-year, 60,000-mile warranty augmented by 10-year, 100,000-mile coverage for the engine and transmission.

The Rio S comes as either a $17,800 sedan or $18,100 hatchback, with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, keyless entry, cruise control, and a split-folding rear seat. An available $800 package includes forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, LED headlights, and a 3.5-inch display in the instrument cluster.

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