2013 Kia Rio Review - The new Kia Picanto and Rio is positioned between the Cee’d and was visually placed neatly into shape. Our test shows how the Rio proven in everyday life. The new generation Kia Rio has in common with its predecessor, only the name. Gone are the days when the Rio has found his customers on price and design has played a minor role.
Engine : 1.6L I-4
Power : 138 @ 6,300 rpm
Transmission : 6-spd man w/OD
0-60 : 7.6 seconds
Drivetrain : front-wheel
Monthly Payment : $257 – $338
Seating : 5 passengers
Cargo : 13.7 cu.ft.
MPG : 30 City / 40 HWY
Invoice Price : $13,340 – $17,070
Warranty : 60 months/60,000 miles
Monthly payment estimate based on 0% down, 5% interest rate for 60 months; taxes, dealer delivery and extras not included.
The Kia Rio is offered in a stylish sedan or 5-door hatchback configuration. It features high standards not traditionally found in a small car. A sporty personality, impressive fuel economy, and high level of safety take priority in its design.
The Rio is offered in LX, EX, and SX trim levels. Power comes from a 138-hp 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the LX. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode is standard on the EX and SX trims, and offered on the LX. Available unique features include a push button ignition, power folding exterior mirrors, heated seats, idle stop and go (ISG), rearview camera, UVO audio infotainment system, heated steering wheel, power sunroof, projection headlights, and LED taillights. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control with brake and hill start assist, and traction control.
Redesigned the previous model year, the 2013 Kia Rio continues with a slight change, the SX trim now receives standard steering wheel paddle shifters.
For our test we chose the 3-door flagship “XR” with the 1.4 CRDI Diesel engine. In addition to a very good safety package includes ESP, ABS, Hill Hold Control, traction control and six airbags, the Rio also has the keyless entry and start system, “Smart Key”, an automatic climate control, an RDS radio with CD player with MP3 function and six speakers, a Bluetooth hands-free kit, cruise control, heated seats, heated steering wheel, an electric glass sunroof, leather seats, 17 “alloy wheels, fog lamps, light and rain sensor, LED daytime running lights and a center armrest with storage compartment in front.
The interior is then executed with fine leather and color is very attractive and exudes the luxury of a far higher vehicle classes. The landscape design of the valves can be just as impressive as the build quality and easy operation of all functions. Large buttons make the Rio further user-friendly, and the optional navigation system with rearview camera is a laudable Extra, which offers both a good map display and easy menu navigation. For a car of its class, the Kia Rio is also a very good space. Even the rear passengers will find enough room, who uses the rear seats more often.
With a volume of 288 liters can also be proud of the trunk, which is characterized by folding down the rear seats can even zoom. Many shelves in the interior from further round the positive appearance, especially the large space around the USB / AUX ports should be mentioned here specially commended. For adequate performance, a 1.4 liter diesel engine with an output of 90 hp (66 kW), which reaches its maximum torque of 220 Nm 1750-2750 rev / min. That the engine is completely tuned for economy, is evident not only on consumption but also for the somewhat throttled performance. For the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h, 14.2 seconds to allow the maximum speed is 172 km / h – 90 hp one would expect quite a bit more pep.
The consumption stays within comfortable limits, which is achieved by the start / stop system. The factory promised 4.0 liters but can be achieved only by designated Scrooges. Those who frequently exploits the power of the Rio should expect a 5.5 liter, who is subordinate to the economical design of the vehicle and it is slowly terms, can easily come to values below 5.0 liters. Kia Rio has not only the equipment completely tuned for comfort, and chassis and suspension are designed for comfortable travel. In combination with the comfortable seats can be overcome in Rio also long holiday trips comfortably. Only the loud road noise at highway speeds tarnish the otherwise positive impression of the Rio offers a comfortable touring car.
The Kia Rio is due to its positioning and its noble features a very interesting alternative in the compact car class. In addition to its attractive design, it also offers plenty of space and, above all, an outfit that is hardly found elsewhere in this class. The quality workmanship and attention to detail like the Rio is also very good. Although the engine could use some more pep, but having to move very sparingly. For those who are especially comfortable and want to be traveling with a lot of luxury, the 2013 Kia Rio 3-door is a good choice.