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By Cars.com Staff
November 24, 2010
The Rio5 is Kia's version of a sporty European hatchback. It is related to Kia's Rio sedan, which is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section. The Rio5 comes in moderately equipped LX and sporty SX trim levels. Kia's Rio5 hatchback competes with other small hatchbacks, including the Chevrolet Aveo5, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.
New for 2011 A Bluetooth cell phone link was a late addition for 2010. For 2011, the system is now available as part of the Value Package.
Exterior Created with a European-inspired exterior, the Rio5 features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights. The wheel well openings have a sculpted design, and it's equipped with body-colored mirrors. Exterior features include:
Available 14-, 15- or 16-inch wheels
Standard auto-off headlights
Optional heated, power side mirrors
Optional rear spoiler and fog lamps
Interior The Rio5 can seat up to five and has a 60/40-split folding rear bench. The Rio5 SX has metal-finished dashboard accents and red stitching on the steering wheel, gearshift knob and door panels. A USB input is standard. Interior features include:
Available cloth or sports-cloth upholstery
Standard air conditioning
Standard Sirius Satellite Radio
Optional power windows and locks
Optional keyless entry
Optional steering-wheel-mounted controls
Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift and metal-finished pedals
Under the Hood Mechanical features include:
110-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 107 pounds-feet of torque
Standard five-speed manual transmission
Optional four-speed automatic transmission
Standard speed-sensitive power steering
Safety The Rio5 comes fairly well equipped. Safety features include: