Consumer Reviews

Read or write a review.

2009 Kia Rio 5

2009 Kia Rio5

Change Year
4.2
Average based on 11 reviews
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability
1-10 of 11 reviews

awesome daily driver on the cheap

by from La Salle, IL on May 5, 2010

I have owned this car for about 1 month now and love it. First of all I never thought I would own a Kia. We were looking for a small car with good gas mileage that I could tote all of my work stuff ar...
I have owned this car for about 1 month now and love it. First of all I never thought I would own a Kia. We were looking for a small car with good gas mileage that I could tote all of my work stuff around in and still have room for our new baby. This was not eve on our radar when we began our search. We were looking more towards cars like the Dodge Caliber. Well we put the two cars side by side, literally, and found the only thing the caliber has more of is features that I don't need. The price difference between the two was $5500 so we made our decision for the kia. The Kia we found more comfortable and much better on gas mileage, we are currently getting 37.5 mpg, the satellite radio is a great feature. I already found out the interior is simple to clean. the rear cargo area floor comes right out and all of the cloth can be cleaned by a steam cleaner. The seats have become more comfortable the more I use the car. I am a big guy and love sitting in my little rio. The engine is nothing to write home about, it isn't very peppy but what can you expect out of a very cheap car that gets great gas mileage, I don't need to be able to stomp on the gas and get to 60 in 5 seconds and it passes just fine. The only cons I can think of is that it does not come with cruise control. We had the dealer install cruise as part of the deal and we are very happy with that. We bought this car when it had $2500 incentive so we got the car for $11K which is less than I paid for my last used car. I would like to sum up, this car is the best vehicle dollar for dollar we could find and we are very shrewd shoppers. We love it and will for a long time
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?

I love my Rio5

by from Barre,VT on June 2, 2010

This car is great on gas and drives great. It looks fabulous and the hatchback is convenient to get into for a trip to the beach or just plain old grocery shopping! I really love my Kia Rio5....
This car is great on gas and drives great. It looks fabulous and the hatchback is convenient to get into for a trip to the beach or just plain old grocery shopping! I really love my Kia Rio5....
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?

I don't think so

by from Dayton, OH on May 1, 2014

I would not recommend this car to a friend... nor an enemy. It is inexpensive to buy but surely expensive to fix. I bought this car in Oct 2009, 3 weeks later the transmission went out and I had to ge...
I would not recommend this car to a friend... nor an enemy. It is inexpensive to buy but surely expensive to fix. I bought this car in Oct 2009, 3 weeks later the transmission went out and I had to get it replaced. Since Decemeber 2013 I had to get the blower motor replaced $230, 1 Iginition coil replaced $250 (and there are 4 total), entire fuel canister replaced $250 (common problem in Kia's and was told by the dealership to not fill the gas tank pass 3/4th a tank... ???) and today I have to get the starter replaced.. unknown cost.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Worst car purchase ever!

by from los angeles, california on August 10, 2013

Purchased new, car experiences multiple failures with complete lack of support via dealer or Kia. For example, multiple delamination of windshield (!). Kia's solution once delamination occured again (...
Purchased new, car experiences multiple failures with complete lack of support via dealer or Kia. For example, multiple delamination of windshield (!). Kia's solution once delamination occured again (out of warranty)? "Buy a new car or file insurance claim". Multiple sensor failures, fragile paint, very uncomfortable if you are tall, very pronounced road/engine noise, radio failed 2,000 miles out of warranty (Kia would not replace), even with very conservative driving mileage not as represented. Once car is out of warranty, even with repeated failures which occurred during warranty, Kia customer service never returns phone calls. Based on my experience with this car I will never purchase any Kia product.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?

great value for money

by from on November 2, 2009

Excelent standard features ie: heated seats. Performs well, low insurance, great mileage (5.9L/100km) on the highway with a car full of camping gear in the mountains! only drawback is you have to move...
Excelent standard features ie: heated seats. Performs well, low insurance, great mileage (5.9L/100km) on the highway with a car full of camping gear in the mountains! only drawback is you have to move the seats up to seat adults in the back.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?

I love my new Kia Rio 5 Sport

by from Maple Ridge, British Columbia on September 13, 2009

I just bought my Rio5 less than 2 weeks ago and love it! I was in the market for a compact vehicle and Kia was to hard to beat. Originally I was considering the Honda Fit because it is roomier inside ...
I just bought my Rio5 less than 2 weeks ago and love it! I was in the market for a compact vehicle and Kia was to hard to beat. Originally I was considering the Honda Fit because it is roomier inside the vehicle, but would have to miss out on things like heated seats and sunroof which I couldn't pass up. The car is great on gas. It is peppy enough to drive in the city and on highway and although it is just a small engine, I can still get enough speed to pass when needed. You can't beat this car, it is great and I think it has a nice exterior look as well.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Practical Gas Saver for the Right Price

by from Prospect Heights, IL on August 13, 2011

I never thought I'd own a Kia. Before this, I always had powerful cars - Lincoln Continental and Subaru LEgacy w/ Turbo. This Kia is AWESOME on gas mileage compared to my other cars. I love the inter...
I never thought I'd own a Kia. Before this, I always had powerful cars - Lincoln Continental and Subaru LEgacy w/ Turbo. This Kia is AWESOME on gas mileage compared to my other cars. I love the interior, easy handling and the MPG the most. It's not as powerful as my other cars but I'd gladly give up some horsepower to cut my gas expenses in half. Can't beat the value of what you're getting for the price you're paying w/ this car!
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?

2009 Kia Rio5

by from Michigan on November 17, 2009

I am 5ft 9inches tall....and this car fits me wonderfully! Tons of space, and leg room. It has great pick up, gas milage....LUV IT!
I am 5ft 9inches tall....and this car fits me wonderfully! Tons of space, and leg room. It has great pick up, gas milage....LUV IT!
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Great Car

by from Maple Ridge, BC on November 1, 2016

I bought this Rio5 brand new in 2009. It's loaded with every option that could be in it. A 5 speed trans. It's been everywhere and reliable as can be. I added a hedder and 2.5" exhaust all the way bac...
I bought this Rio5 brand new in 2009. It's loaded with every option that could be in it. A 5 speed trans. It's been everywhere and reliable as can be. I added a hedder and 2.5" exhaust all the way back. It makes 130 hp at the wheels and now it does 0-60 in 6.8 seconds. I get 550 km per tank which equates to almost 40 mpg and I drive it hard. I put Wilwood brakes and Eibach springs on it as I use this car for track days as well. It's really quick and amazes everyone that this little car is a Kia. I would recommend this car for anyone looking for a fun reliable car to drive, very reliable with great gas mileage to boot! A few mods will make it super fun and not break your bank either!
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Works for me!

by from Buffalo, NY - 29 year old male on March 6, 2015

I bought a silver '09 Kia Rio5 for like 8 grand about a year ago (it was all I could afford), and it has been pretty solid. Pretty decent deal before taxes. I live in the city of Buffalo, and this ca...
I bought a silver '09 Kia Rio5 for like 8 grand about a year ago (it was all I could afford), and it has been pretty solid. Pretty decent deal before taxes. I live in the city of Buffalo, and this car gets me up and down crowded streets and in and out of tight parking spots quickly and easily. It's also incredible on gas--I average close to 280 miles out of each 10 gallon tank of gas. One time I got like 300+ miles on a single tank. It was wild. The interior is small but definitely comfortable for the driver and upfront passenger. People in the back may feel a bit cramped, though. The dash dials are so impossibly simple and I love it. I don't care for cars that have like a command center spaceship style setup with like a million buttons. I test drove a Ford Fiesta and it was painful just looking at the dash setup. The Kia Rio5 dash setup is perfect, plus it gets Sirius radio which is dope. Baba Booey! I've since had to replace spark plugs and bulbs and such, which I've considered to be standard wear and tear replacement items. For the most part, though, the car has been great--I am pretty sure the previous owner took really good care of it, and I try to do the same. One negative: sometimes the hood sticks--it won't pop--especially in cold weather. I need a second person to push down on the hood while I pull the latch so it pops. It's the only flaw as far as I can find. A mechanic fixed it one time by spraying something on the latch under the hood, but that was only a temporary fix. I'll also add that the car doesn't take potholes and what-not very well. The ride can be loud and bumpy, but heck, what can you really expect? It's not a Cadillac, you know? Nevertheless, it drives just fine. Oh, and if it snows a lot where you live (like it does in Buffalo-- a lot), this car is pretty much useless without snow tires. I suspect that people who complain about this car just got unlucky, maybe. I certainly hope I don't jinx myself by writing this favorable review. So yeah, the car works for me. I dig hatchbacks--this car's look is cool, unique, and I just like it a lot. It's the definitive urban mobile--it fits practically anywhere and is excellent on gas, as I've said. If you're looking for an inexpensive yet reliable ride, you could do much worse than the '09 Kia Rio5. Go Bills!
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Similar Models

Select up to three models to compare with the 2009 kia rio5