• (4.7) 3 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $1,769–$9,361
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 31
  • Engine: 110-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2010 Kia Rio5

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 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
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • USB connection

2010 Kia Rio5 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Rio5 is Kia's version of a sporty European hatchback. The Rio5 is related to Kia's Rio sedan, which is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section. The Rio5 comes in moderately equipped LX and sporty SX trim levels. Kia's Rio5 hatchback competes with other small hatchbacks, including the Chevrolet Aveo5, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.

New for 2010
Rio gets a minor facelift with a revised grille and front and rear bumpers, and there are turn-signal indicators integrated into the side mirrors. The SX adds new alloy wheels and a chrome exhaust outlet. Inside, there is an optional voice-activated Bluetooth capability and a second front power outlet (replacing the cigarette lighter). All models now have a tire pressure monitoring system and red-orange interior lighting, and those with an automatic transmission add an EcoMinder indicator that glows green to denote efficient driving.

Exterior
Created with a European-inspired exterior, the Rio5 features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights. The wheel well openings have a sculpted design, and it's equipped with body-colored mirrors.

  • Available 14-, 15- or 16-inch wheels
  • Standard auto-off headlights
  • Optional power heated mirrors
  • Optional rear spoiler and fog lamps


Interior
The Rio5 can seat up to five and has a 60/40-split folding rear bench. The Rio5 SX has chrome dashboard accents and red stitching on the steering wheel, gearshift knob and door panels. A USB connector is standard.
  • Available cloth or sports-cloth upholstery
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Optional power windows and locks
  • Optional keyless entry
  • Optional steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift and metal-finished pedals


Under the Hood
  • 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 107 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission
  • Optional four-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard speed-sensitive power steering


Safety
The Rio comes fairly well equipped with safety features.
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard child-safety locks
  • Optional antilock brakes with rear discs


Consumer Reviews

(4.7)

Average based on 3 reviews

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Great little car

by BTAX from Oceanside NY on August 22, 2013

The Rio5 has been a great car for everyday commuting and has been extremly reliable with the exeption of the coil packs(4) that have had to be replaced. I am not that happy with the brakes (if you hit... Read Full Review

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

60mo/60,000mi

Powertrain

120mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

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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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