2019 Kia Rio

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$15,390

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2019 Kia Rio
2019 Kia Rio

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Stable handling
  • Quiet at cruising speed
  • Cargo room
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay available

The bad:

  • Tight backseat
  • Engine can be buzzy when pushed
  • Limited tech features on base trim

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $15,390

  • S

    $16,190

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2019 Kia Rio trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Five-seat subcompact car
  • Sedan and four-door hatchback body styles
  • 130-hp four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission

2019 Kia Rio review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2019 Kia Rio?

Redesigned last year, the Kia Rio is a five-seat subcompact car that’s offered in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. It’s powered by a 130-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that drives a six-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent.

What’s New on the 2019 Kia Rio?

There are no significant changes this year.

What Features in the 2019 Kia Rio Are Most Important?

Standard features include heated side mirrors, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, cloth upholstery, air conditioning and Bluetooth. Available features include LED headlights, a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system, cruise control, low-speed automatic emergency braking and a 60/40-split, folding backseat.

Should I Buy the 2019 Kia Rio?

A city car that’s competent on the highway, the Rio also offers good cargo room regardless of whether you choose the sedan or hatchback version. However, its backseat is tight, and engine refinement dips when pushed.

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Solid first car

I’m a pretty tall guy, and it was a debate between this car and a 2016 Kia Forte. First time sitting in the car, even though it had 36000 miles on it already, after adjustments I knew this would be the one. The electronics are simple and all that I need, although no UVO and built in GPS can present some challenges without a phone. If you’re a music listener, you may have to be prepared to use your phone for your music as I could not find a way to use Sirius XM/satellite radio. When it comes to driving, it’s reliable and easy to control, and the acceleration has a nice kick if you choose to use the sport mode(I think that’s a feature exclusive to the S model, not sure). Mileage is amazing, having to refill as few as only a three or four times every thousand miles. Depending on whether I want to relax and have a nice drive or be a little speedy, the mileage I averaged between 35-40 so far, rarely ever going into the 20s unless it was a new fill and the mileage average was resetting. Overall, I’d recommend for a first car, nice price and reliability that Kia is known for, and few necessary trips to the pump, perfect if your area is not as cheap on gas.

4.7

Good on gas and ride so good

Very impressed.. I'm a HAPPY CUSTOMER...Love the make model and year..Very spacious, reàlly love the features inside..Jus the right size call for me...I would recommend all...

5.0

most reliable car I've owned

This car met all my needs ,it has plenty of legroom, front and back, it drives very smoothly, it has chargers back and front, it's very comfortable to drive,

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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