• (4.4) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,721$7,253
  • 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 2008 Kia Rio5

Our Take

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 a... Read Full Report

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

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

If gas prices keep up their startling price surge, this will be the car of the future. This type of car, anyway.Your average European driver already has settled into a teeny, economical hatchback, though that's as much a function of narrow urban streets and parking-spot rarity as fuel costs.Like it or not, American drivers now are shedding their large SUVs and passenger cars for smaller, m... Read full review for the 2008 Kia Rio 5

Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 8 reviews

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The Best All-Around Car I've Owned

by Classy Granny from Ridgeway,VA on July 13, 2009

After my husband died,I was on my own when I needed to purchase a new vehicle. I wanted a car that was reliable, affordable, easy to drive and park, without compromising good looks. After going to sev... Read Full Review

2 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2008 Kia Rio5.


Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs on your 2008 Kia Rio5

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

60mo/60,000mi

Powertrain

120mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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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