2018 Kia Rio Sedan Gets Comprehensively Bashed By Consumer Reports

Kia significantly updated the Rio subcompact sedan and five-door hatchback last year for the 2018MY.

In base LX trim, the sedan is one of the most affordable cars on the market, starting from $13,900. However, choosing this version means having to live without things we’ve been accustomed to for years, like, say, power windows.

Consumer Reports chose to skip the entry-level model and go for the S grade, which can be had from $16,100. This adds Bluetooth, cruise control and a few other amenities, including a six-speed automatic transmission that is mated to the 130hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder offered across the range.

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The gearbox/engine combo gets the job done, according to the reviewer, but the new Rio’s suspension and handling is far from exciting when compared to something like a Ford Fiesta or a Honda Fit.

Inside, it offers little to no surprises. The controls are easy to use and the materials found throughout the cabin are pretty basic, despite the obvious attempt to give every surface a finer texture. Space on the rear bench is cramped, but that’s expected from a subcompact.

What puts the final nail in the Rio’s coffin, CR says, is the fact that, with the right incentives, buyers can get a larger compact model for roughly the same price.

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    Just the way it look tells how terrible it is. It seems like kia intentionally f’d this car up so buyers would opt to buy larger and more expensive models. The top of the line hatchback looks good tho

    • pjl35

      Of course they did. It’s still a Rio at the end of the day. No one should be surprised by this.

    • bd0007

      The Rio has gotten pretty good reviews from the auto pubs.

      Car & Driver notably gives it 4 stars out of 5 and refers to it as “cheap, cheerful, and surprisingly sophisticated.”

  • Dennis Scipio

    I ain’t surprised, they clearly into more expensive cars they test. I mean not every car has to have fancy bells and whistles and that’s okay.

  • Craig

    It comes with a 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty in the US – does it not?

  • :/ Yurr

    The new Hyundai Accent shits all over this.

    • bd0007

      Not really – C&D gives the Accent 4.5 stars and the Rio 4 stars..

      • :/ Yurr

        My point exactly. It’s better than the Rio lol.

  • klowik

    Kia should not make this car, it looks very cheap. I think the Kia Cerato is duplicating its role.

  • S3XY

    You can get a used Volt for around $13,900 and under. Lol

  • Bash

    Its good only as a short period rental i guess.

  • danno

    The biggest issue that CR finds is the MSRP is too high,
    Who in the heck would buy this car at full MSRP?
    smh at CR

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