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By Cars.com Staff
October 2, 2006
Vehicle Overview Updates for the 2007 Kia Rio5 hatchback include new wheels and some light interior changes. Overall, it's virtually the same as the 2006 model.
Both a sedan and a Rio Cinco wagon were offered in the prior Rio generation. For 2006, a Rio5 hatchback became available in addition to the redesigned Rio sedan, which is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section. Available only in SX trim, the Rio5 comes standard with side-impact and side curtain airbags.
Exterior Created with a European-inspired exterior, the Rio5 features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights. Black side moldings are installed, and the bumpers contain black inserts. The wheel well openings have a sculpted design, and body-colored mirrors are installed.
The Rio5 has an independent front suspension and a semi-independent rear suspension. The hatchback features fog lamps, a rear spoiler, 15-inch alloy wheels and power steering. For 2007, 16-inch alloy wheels are optional.
Interior Up to five people can fit inside the Rio5. Standard equipment includes an eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat, variable intermittent wipers and a rear-window defroster. Additional features include air conditioning, a CD stereo with four speakers, a tilt steering column, and a 60/40-split, folding rear seat.
For 2007, all Rio5s gain upgraded seat fabric, dashboard chrome accents and red stitching on the steering wheel, shift knob and door panels.
The hatchback can hold 15.8 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat. With the seat folded, space increases to 49.6 cubic feet. An optional Power Package includes remote keyless entry and power windows, locks and mirrors.
Under the Hood The Rio5's 1.6-liter four-cylinder develops 110 horsepower and 107 pounds-feet of torque. Either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission can be installed.
Safety Seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and front seat belt pretensioners are standard. Antilock brakes are optional.
Driving Impressions The Rio5's handling capabilities exceed expectations; it maneuvers eagerly through urban or rural environments, and its body rolls less than anticipated.
Backseat space isn't too appealing. Legroom even in the outer positions is marginal if the front seat is moved appreciably rearward. In addition, the hard rear seatback reclines too much for true comfort. Still, headroom is passable and foot space is adequate. Climbing into the backseat isn't too difficult.
Despite short seat bottoms, the front seats are rather comfortable. Cargo space in the Rio5 is less than bountiful, but visibility is unobstructed.