The front-wheel-drive Rio 5-Door only comes in the S trim. It has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 120 horsepower; a continuously variable transmission (CVT) rounds out the powertrain. According to the EPA’s official estimates, Rio drivers can expect fuel economy around 32 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.
Kia definitely keeps the focus on value with the Rio 5-Door S. Standard equipment for this hatchback includes automatic headlights, manual air conditioning, remote keyless entry, a tilt steering column, fabric upholstery, a rear window wiper, heated power side mirrors, and 15-inch wheels with covers. The available S Technology Package adds LED headlights, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a 4.2-inch driver information display, rear disc brakes, 15-inch alloy wheels, and additional safety and infotainment technologies (which are described below).
Kia Drive Wise, a suite of advanced driver aids, is a big part of the available S Technology Package. These features include forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, lane departure warning, high beam assist, driver attention warning, and rear occupant alert. Other standard safety equipment in the Rio 5-Door includes a multi-airbag occupant protection system, anti-lock brakes (ABS), vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, hill start assist, and a rearview monitor with dynamic guidelines.
The Rio 5-Door’s 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system unites a six-speaker audio system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The S Technology Package adds SiriusXM satellite radio, a rear USB port, and access to Kia Connect remote services.