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2008 Kia Rio5

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$2,409 — $7,013 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Fuel economy
  • Safety features for its class
  • Transmission operation
  • Maneuverability
  • Ride comfort on most surfaces

The Bad

  • Backseat space and comfort
  • Cargo space
  • Uncertain reliability record

What to Know

about the 2008 Kia Rio5
  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Hatchback body style
  • Six standard airbags

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2008 Kia Rio5 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Kia’s Rio5 hatchback competes with other small hatchbacks, including the Chevrolet Aveo5, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.

The Rio5 is related to Kia’s 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. Changes for 2008 are relatively minor.

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 hatchback features fog lamps, a rear spoiler, 15-inch alloy wheels and power steering; 16-inch alloy wheels are optional.

Interior
The Rio5 can seat up to five. Standard equipment includes 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 backseat.

All Rio5s have dashboard chrome accents and red stitching on the steering wheel, shift knob and door panels. An auxiliary input jack for MP3 players in the LX and SX is new for 2008, as is the Rio5’s cupholder design and center gauge cluster. The shift knobs for both the automatic and the manual transmission have also been redesigned.

The hatchback can hold 15.8 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat. With the seat folded, space increases to ...

Vehicle Overview
Kia’s Rio5 hatchback competes with other small hatchbacks, including the Chevrolet Aveo5, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.

The Rio5 is related to Kia’s 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. Changes for 2008 are relatively minor.

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 hatchback features fog lamps, a rear spoiler, 15-inch alloy wheels and power steering; 16-inch alloy wheels are optional.

Interior
The Rio5 can seat up to five. Standard equipment includes 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 backseat.

All Rio5s have dashboard chrome accents and red stitching on the steering wheel, shift knob and door panels. An auxiliary input jack for MP3 players in the LX and SX is new for 2008, as is the Rio5’s cupholder design and center gauge cluster. The shift knobs for both the automatic and the manual transmission have also been redesigned.

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 very difficult.

Despite short seat bottoms, the front seats are rather comfortable. Cargo space in the Rio5 is less than bountiful, but visibility is unobstructed.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
10 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Perfect trustworthy car

by Nadia on July 18, 2018

I enjoyed it and owned the car for 2 years. Runs well and is cute. Be sure to get regular oil changes and you'll have it for a long time! Read full review

(4.0)

Solid, dependable, good value

by wayne a from Duluth, GA on June 1, 2018

I enjoyed owning this car and will miss the hatchback. Reliable until near 200k miles, and fun to drive. Good quality and interior held up well too. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Kia Rio5 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rio5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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