2018 Kia Rio~ Good Things Come in Small Packages

The fourth generation Kia Rio is available in a sedan or a hatchback. It has the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder from the past generation.  The Rio is just powerful enough and yet provides darn good fuel efficiency, boasting figures of 28 mpg/city and 37 mpg/highway for a combined 32 mpg.  There is also a 6-speed manual for your choosing, it adds one mpg on that city total for 29 mpg/city.

The Kia Rio offers a quiet ride, beating out its competition. The Rio features MacPherson struts up front and twist-beam rear suspension, offering a firm ride and a more complex driving experience.

Kia says the Rio is “Sophisticated style in subcompact form.” The hatchback I drove for a week in ‘True Green,’ was indeed stylish, I had people stopping me to inquire about it. It is slightly longer than the previous model, it has a wider stance and is both practical and refined.

The interior is streamlined and well-proportioned. It is comfortable enough, not over-the-top swanky but there are options offered such as an available leather wrapped steering wheel or a fancy red accent leather package. The controls are nicely placed and within reach.  The display is modern and uncluttered. I especially liked the two-tier tray for storing smaller items. The armrest was lengthened to give the driver more support while at the wheel.

The 2018 Kia Rio is a high-tech vehicle with Apple Carplay and Android Auto for easy smartphone connectivity.  Kia’s exclusive connectivity system comes with intuitive smartphone in-car connection, Bluetooth hands-free wireless technology, and convenient tools for maintaining your Rio. Your Kia Uvo system will remind you of maintenance checkups. ‘My CarZone’ offered through Uvo will allow you to set speed limits, curfews and boundaries of where you want to go as well as alert you if they’ve been broken.  Sounds like a great car for your average teen!

Speaking of teens, we want to be sure that safety is first. The Kia Rio has an advanced airbag system, featuring dual front, side, and side curtain airbags, as well as sensors that can detect the level of an impact and the pressure of a front-seat passenger.

Here is a list of other safety features from Kia:

  • Brake Assist
  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Rollover Protection System
  • Front Tow Hooks
  • Rear Tow Hooks
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Auto-On Headlights
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Night Vision
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • 4-Wheel Drum Brakes
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

You can begin to easily see that while the 2018 Kia Rio is a compact car, it is packed with goodness!  The 2018 Rio EX 5DR that I test drove for the week was priced at $19,725.00. The LX model begins at a super reasonable price of $13,900.




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