The New Rio is beginning to fall behind, however an alluring outline and great component substance counterbalance its confined back seat and just satisfactory security evaluations. The New Rio offers fresh, a la mode European plan; a neatly styled, highlight stuffed inside; and a pleasing, fuel-proficient motor. In any case, the Honda Fit, new a year ago, offers significantly more inside room and better bundling, the Chevy Sonic has a smoother ride and is more agreeable, and the Ford Fiesta is basically more amusing to drive. The Rio is likewise now to some degree behind on security evaluations, as the tests get harder each few model years.
The Rio is currently in its fifth year available, and this year it’s confronting twin obstacles: low U.S. gas costs and relentlessly enhancing rivalry in the subcompact section. The Rio has never done very and in addition Kia’s bigger models, however the Korean carmaker is attempting to keep it new with some mellow overhauls this year- – including reconsidered front sytling and some inside trim-material redesigns.
Still, we keep on enjoying the Rio outline that was dispatched as both a four-entryway vehicle and a five-entryway hatchback for the 2012 model year. Both Rios have clean measurements and dapper bodies. We cheer the car’s beauticians for maintaining a strategic distance from the odd tall-trunk look of contenders like the Ford Fiesta, despite the fact that the five-entryway unquestionably has more swagger than the car and another front end outline overhauls the Rio to the same corporate Kia way of life as the bigger Soul and Optima.
2017 Kia Rio Interior
Inside, the materials pass on a premium vibe regardless of some return subtle elements like flip switches for the atmosphere control framework. A substantial touchscreen showcase is incorporated on top of the line models, and for 2017, Kia has included glossy silk complete bezels around the air vents (which we like) and another piano-dark base console on auxiliary controls and the sound framework. (To be honest, we’ve been worn out on piano dark trim for some time now.) Kia likewise added extra commotion concealment froth to different basic individuals to calm lodge clamor.
2017 Kia Rio Engine Specs
Kia offers just a solitary motor in the 2017 Rio, a 138-strength 1.6-liter four. The Rio has a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with an ideal six-speed programmed, while this year the hatchback is offered just with the programmed. The motor revs easily up its energy band and is generally quieted while moving the new Rio alongside simply enough zeal when driven forcefully. The Rio handles amazingly well for a little, cheap economy auto with an essential strut and torsion-shaft suspension and a short wheelbase, however we’d like more criticism from the controlling. The auto stays made regardless of how you drive it.
Efficiency, a reason for purchasing a subcompact auto, is just normal. Both powertrains are evaluated at 31 mpg joined, with varieties in their city and roadway appraisals, and the Rio Eco demonstrate strangely conveys the same rating, with a 1-mpg knock in the city rating just. The Eco model includes a motor stop-begin capacity, which has little impact on the EPA’s city cycle yet likely would enhance genuine efficiency for those whose driving includes loads of unpredictable movement.
Inside, the new Rio is currently on the little side notwithstanding for this little portion. Great front seats, with moderately long base pads for the class and a considerable measure of rearward seat travel, ought to make for an agreeable drive for maybe a couple individuals. The lively Rio SX models get more seat supporting it’s sufficiently mellow that nobody’s truly going to protest the expansion. In back, however, the seat is more keeping than those of the Honda Fit and Versa Note. At the point when the front seats are close to the back of their travel, required for a normal to-taller driver, there’s valuable minimal back knee or foot space toward the rear. Back seat headroom is on the tight side as well. The freight territory in the Rio hatchback is evaluated at 15 cubic feet (or 13.7 cubic feet in the storage compartment of the car).
Wellbeing is an issue, be that as it may. The new Rio is, best case scenario widely appealing when contrasted with the accident test evaluations of more up to date sections, similar to the Honda Fit, or intensely changed models, similar to the Ford Fiesta. The Rio gets four stars in government accident testing, with an admonition on its generally great side-effect score, and it does a touch more terrible in tests keep running by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Its side-effect score is Acceptable, one indent beneath the top rating of Good, and of specific concern is its Marginal rating on the new little counterbalance front accident test. That is one and only stride over the base rating of Poor, and different contenders have improved. Slope begin help is discretionary, as is a rearview camera and we prescribe it, since the five-entryway Rio has some major and discernible blind sides at the back columns.
The new Rio has a noteworthy rundown of components at its cost. Indeed, even base Rio LX models incorporate aerating and cooling, a USB port, and satellite radio. On hatchbacks you additionally get 15-inch wheels, a back spoiler, tilt guiding, directing wheel sound controls, and split-collapsing back seatbacks. The center trim level, the Rio EX, includes voyage control with controlling wheel mounted controls, power windows with driver’s one-touch auto-up/down control, remote keyless passage with trunk discharge and a tilt/telescope guiding section.
For 2017, Kia offers two alternatives bundles on the EX: the Eco Package, with the begin stop framework as well as a redesigned UVO telematics framework with incorporated reinforcement camera; and the new Appearance and Designer bundle, with a two-tone inside treatment including dark fabric with dim leatherette trim and dim difference sewing.
Venture up to the highest point of-the-line Rio SX, and you’ll get 17-inch wheels, sport suspension tuning, bigger front brakes, force collapsing warmed side mirrors, mist lights, and LED taillamp and headlamp complements; alternatives on the SX incorporate a route framework (that replaces the UVO framework), pushbutton begin, cowhide seats, warmed front seats, and a sunroof.