2019 Kia Rio

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2019 Kia Rio
2019 Kia Rio

Key specs

Base trim shown


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


  • S


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 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Worst car I ever owned!

This car gets great fuel mileage! However, they love to have engine problems left and right, especially after 70,000 miles. Misfires and EVAP system were the main problems I had when I had it. I strongly suggest never buying Kia, unless you love lemons!


Awesome vehicle

Have 48000 miles on it, runs great and fuel mileage is awesome. I average 36 in the city and 42+ on the highway. Drove 4500 miles in three weeks and got an average of 42 mpg. Tires have another 5000 miles before needing to be replaced.


2019 Kia S tech pkg

I have owned a 2019 Rio S with the Tech pkg for a couple months and love it, great on gas, averages over 40MPG drives great cool design actually has some pep especially in sport mode, would definitely recommend for someone on a budget trying to save during these crazy gas prices.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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