2019 Kia Rio Range Simplified, Manual Transmission Is Out

Kia has reportedly prepped a number of revisions for the 2019MY Rio, the most notable of which is the discontinuation of the six-speed manual transmission.

Thus, all 2019 Rio models will only be offered with a six-speed automatic gearbox from now on, according to CarsDirect which quotes an official letter sent by the Korean automaker’s U.S. branch to dealers.

With the stick shift out, prices for the brand’s subcompact sedan have risen by $1,400 (equal to €1,596) in the entry-level grade, which will start at $16,195 (€18,463), destination charge included. Compared to last year’s most affordable automatic, the difference is only $310 (€353).

Also Watch: 2018 Kia Rio Sedan Gets Comprehensively Bashed By Consumer Reports

Besides dropping the six-speed manual gearbox from the 2019 Rio, Kia has also waved goodbye to the EX grade. Thus, the four-door model will be offered in the LX and S configurations, whereas those on the lookout for the hatchback will have to settle for the S.

The S is now stepping in as the new top-of-the-line trim and gets additional equipment, such as the 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and UVO Play, as well as a reversing camera. The advanced safety gizmos, including automatic emergency braking, are available with the Technology Package, which costs $800 (€912) in the S models.

For this variant of the car, Kia is asking $16,995 (€19,375) for the sedan, and $17,295 (19,717) for the hatchback. Prices are said to be identical to the previous MY.

Note: 2018 Kia Rio pictured

more photos...
  • PhilMcGraw

    I don’t like that there are less manufacturers offering stick but not just because I personally enjoy a nice manual.

    I believe all young drivers first car should be a stick shift. It teaches you to stay focused on the road, it teaches you how to have control over your vehicle, and it inevitably makes you grateful for that first car after that you finally have an automatic.

  • pcurve

    Why do they only offer manual with base model? When BMW dropped manual for 5 series a few years ago, they continued to offer it for 535i and 550i. Only poser 528i buyers didn’t want manual.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Ugh…

    #SaveTheManuals

Flamenco Red BMW X4 M40i Puts On A Few AC Schnitzer Bits

The X4 M40i is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 355 HP and 365 lb-ft of torque that’s good enough for a 0-60 in 4.6 seconds.

Seat Tarraco Is A 7-Seat SUV That’ll Be Hard For Europeans To Fault

Lots of space and equipment, a nice engine range, precise steering and handling without compromising comfort; so, what’s not to like?.

Java Green Audi A7 Has The Looks To Turn Everyone’s Head

If you thought this shade only looked good on BMWs, check out what this Audi A7 Sportback can do with it.

2020 Hyundai Venue Is Cute, So Let’s Find Out What Else It’s Got

The Venue has funky styling, a reasonable starting price and comprehensive equipment even at the entry-level trim.

Lamborghini Brings An Urus To The ‘Ring – Is It The Hybrid Or The Hardcore ST-X?

While we don’t purport to know what this Urus is all about, and there are two rumored options, it sounds like it still uses a twin-turbo V8.

2019 SsangYong Korando Is Much Improved, So Does It Deserve Your Attention?

The Korando is often overlooked by compact SUV buyers, but since this is all-new and much improved, maybe they should take a look first.

1985 BMW 518i With Reasonably Low Mileage Looks Good But Goes For $22k

The 103 HP generated by the E28-gen 518i sure is puny, and the price ain’t exactly affordable, but this example seems to be in pristine condition.

Premium SUV Buyers Rejoice: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC, GLC Coupe Hit Aussie Shores

Pricing starts at AUD $66,100 for the base 194 HP GLC and tops out at AUD $168,100 for the 503 HP AMG 53 Coupe.

Porsche Boxster GTS Goes Against BMW’s Z4 M40i In Straight Line Race

The Boxster GTS has roughly 25 hp more than the Euro-spec Z4 M40i – so who won this German roadsters’ fight?.

Warning: You May Fall In Love With This Modern-Day Lamborghini Miura

With the original widely acknowledged as one of the finest shapes in automotive history, an homage to the Miura would surely find lots of takers.