• (4.4) 8 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $2,770–$7,778
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 29
  • Engine: 110-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2008 Kia Rio5

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Kia Rio5

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Hatchback body style
  • Six standard airbags

2008 Kia Rio5 Reviews

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.

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.

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.

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


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2008 Kia Rio5 Great Car for its size

by Pamelasd1959 from Camden,Indiana on August 12, 2017

This car met all my needs. We have drove this car to North Carolina and back. And i drove it to South Carolina and back and it is mostly highway miles on it. Never had the first bit of trouble out of ... Read Full Review

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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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).

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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.

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