Kia Rio: owner reviews, car review, advantages and disadvantages

Korean cars are quite popular in Russia. Among the leaders in the market can be noted "Hyundai" and "Kia". These brands are the most popular. In the budget segment, the Kia Rio car is in great demand. This machine has won the market due to its low cost and high build quality. But is Kia Rio really good? Reviews, descriptions and specifications - later in our article.


The design of the car is not endowed with any aggression, but you can’t call it boring either. So, in front of the "Kia" are large headlights with DRL and neat grille in the form of honeycombs.

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At the bottom there are round fog lights and a wide air intake. Also, the car has a pronounced sideline. It gives the car a more toned and muscular look.

Also note that the Kia Rio X-Line has recently appeared on the market.Reviews of the owners say that this is a more adapted car for our roads. First of all, it is distinguished by protective plastic lining around and increased ground clearance. These minor improvements allow you to easily move through forest areas and other roads without asphalt pavement.

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However, as noted by the reviews, the Kia Rio X-Line is not an SUV - this is just a stylized crossover. On the roads such a car is as powerless as a regular sedan or hatchback.


Are there any problems on the body? According to reviews of the owners, Kia Rio has several weaknesses. Despite partial galvanizing, rust appears on metal when damage to the paint and varnish struts and the roof of the metal. Also poorly protected front bumper and hood edge. After a year of operation, chips are formed on the chips. But unlike roofs and pillars, these elements do not rust.

Among other problems in the Kia Rio reviews indicate a weak windshield. After 70 thousand kilometers it may form chips from stones that fly from under the wheels of cars in front.


The interior design is commendable. Here the Koreans did their best. Salon resembles a sports car.It looks particularly cool steering wheel with numerous buttons and cutouts for the grip of the palms - lacking except the steering wheel petals. On the instrument panel - the red arrows of the tachometer and speedometer. In the middle there is an onboard computer display. Also on expensive versions you can find a digital multimedia display on the center console with navigation. Conveniently located and climate control unit. All controls are on hand and understandable to use.

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However, there are disadvantages to the cabin. So, reviews in Kia Rio note the presence of hard plastic. He eventually begins to creak. Also, there are other "crickets" through the cabin. No matter how the manufacturer persuaded buyers, but the insulation in the "Kia Rio" requires improvements. Another disadvantage concerns steering steering. Yes, it looks stylish, but is erased literally after 50 thousand kilometers. By the way, a similar problem exists in the "classmates" of the car - the Chevrolet Cruze and Peugeot 408.

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The next minus concerns the trunk. It sometimes accumulates water. As it turned out, the reason for this is the factory insulation, due to which the ventilation grille was closed.But, as the manufacturer claims, this problem has already been eliminated in new cars.


Immediately, we note that there are no diesel versions of the Kia Rio. In the lineup, only two petrol power units are available, and both without a turbine. So, the base is the 1.4-liter engine, which develops 100 horsepower. The torque of the unit is 135 Nm. However, the shelf of the moment is realized only at the top - at five thousand revolutions per minute. This motor does not have the dynamics, but with it you can confidently stay in the stream - note the reviews. So, the car accelerates to a hundred in 11.5 seconds on the mechanics and two seconds later on the machine. The maximum speed is 190 and 175 kilometers per hour, respectively. Depending on the box, the flow rate on a 1.4-liter engine varies from 5.9 to 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers in mixed mode.

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In the top trim levels available engine 1.6 liters. This motor develops 123 horsepower. Torque - 155 Nm, and it is implemented at 4.2 thousand revolutions. Acceleration to hundreds of mechanics takes 10.3 seconds. With a gun, the car accelerates a second later. The maximum speed ranges from 185 to 190 kilometers per hour, depending on which checkpoint is equipped with the unit.

As owners note in their reviews, the Kia Rio 1.6 has the same fuel consumption as the 1.4-liter version. Therefore, hoping for savings, acquiring a 1.4-liter engine is not worth it. The best choice is Kia Rio 1.6. Reviews say that with this motor the car has good dynamics and torque. And all this is not to the detriment of fuel efficiency.

Motor problems

In general, Korean engines are reliable, but do not forget about some of the nuances. So, judging by the reviews, the owners often had such a problem as floating idle. In most cases, the dealer blamed it on poor-quality gasoline. But as it turned out, the fault was the incorrect software of the ECU. After replacing it, the problem was fixed. Also note that in new cars this “disease” is cured already at the factory.

But in order for the motor to enjoy its stable work for a long time, we should not forget about servicing. This is a timely replacement of oil, candles, timing gear and flushing the throttle.

Features of the machine

Mechanical box was quite reliable, but the machine causes criticism. Most complaints relate to the rough work of the automatic transmission.So, in the car transfer is rigidly switched. The reason for this was, again, electronics. With kicks, backstage can be included. Basically, it concerns models till 2014 of release. On the new "Kia Rio" this problem was eliminated, and the transfer switch as it should.


The car "Kia Rio" is built on a front-wheel-drive trolley with front independent suspension "MacPherson". Behind is an elastic beam with telescopic shock absorbers.

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Steering - rail with electric amplifier. There are disc brakes at the front and drums at the back.

"Kia" on the go

What they say about the car Kia Rio 3 reviews? Owners note that the car has a rather stiff suspension. The car does not have a high smoothness, and this is a disadvantage. Suspension makes noise when working. Also, as noted by the reviews, in the Kia Rio III can knock the steering rack. The reason for this is the increased clearance between the elements of the rail and the poor quality sleeve. The owners also say that the car rolls sharply when cornering. The “Kia” has a very heavy rear part, and it is necessary to enter turns extremely carefully. Suspension does not have to dynamic driving.

Cost "Kia Rio"

As for prices, in the base version this car can be bought for 670 thousand rubles. In this case the price includes:

  • Front airbags.
  • Power mirrors and front windows.
  • Air conditioning.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system.
  • Help system at the start of a hill.

In the maximum configuration "Kia" costs about 1 million rubles. There is climate control, full power, as well as a host of active and passive safety systems.

Summing up

So, we found out what Kia Rio reviews and features have. Summing up, it is worth noting such advantages of the car:

  • Low cost of maintenance.
  • Availability of spare parts.
  • Good level of equipment.
  • Economical engines.
  • Effective brakes.
  • High-quality air conditioning system cabin.
  • Pleasant appearance and interior design.
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Among the minuses worth emphasizing:

  • Body Corrosion Vulnerability.
  • Excessively stiffer suspension.
  • Bad noise insulation.
  • High sail.
  • Bad staff light.
  • Lack of free space behind.

Should I buy such a car? After weighing all the advantages and disadvantages, we can say that if you need a simple and cheap car for everyday life,then the Kia Rio would be an excellent option. The car will not require a lot of money for maintenance and at the same time consumes little fuel. But at the same time have to put up with her "childish sores." However, competitors of the same class have the same disadvantages.

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