Road Test: 2018 Rio 5-door

Road Test: 2018 Rio 5-door

Story by Jordan Allan, photos courtesy of Kia


Price: $25,605 (as tested)

Engine: 1.6L DOHC 16-valve inline-4

Trans: 6-speed automatic

Power: 130 hp@ 6,300 rpm

Torque: 119 lb-ft @ 4,850 rpm

Curb Weight: 2,584 lbs./ 1,172 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 8.3/6.4


New for 2018: The Kia Rio has been completely redesigned for 2018 and now offers a new European-inspired exterior design, upgraded convenience and technology features and an all-new platform that makes it larger than the previous model along with new suspension geometry that makes the car much smoother.

Segment Competitors: Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Accent, Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Nissan Versa Note, Mitsubishi Mirage

The Skinny: Kia have been one of ,if not, the fastest growing auto manufacturers in Canada over the last few years and after spending any time behind the wheel of one of their vehicles, it’s easy to see why. Despite coming in a very reasonable price point, the Rio comes packed full of convenience and technology features that aren’t always seen in the subcompact class. Heated seats and steering wheel, keyless entry, push-button start, Bluetooth, and new available 7-in. infotainment touchscreen are just a few examples of features that leave you feeling like you’re in a much more luxurious vehicle than you actually are.

Pros: Found the cargo space in the 5-door hatchback to be really impressive.

Cons: Somewhat lacking in power, but that can be expected for a car in this segment.

The Verdict: The 2018 Kia Rio does just about everything you’d expect it to well. It comes in a very reasonable price point, features an upscale look and interior, and won’t break the bank at the gas pump. It comes fairly well equipped when compared to its competitors and for just that reason alone should warrant some considerations from potential buyers.

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