Vehicle Overview

The Rio5 is Kia's version of a sporty European hatchback. It 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 2011
A Bluetooth cell phone link was a late addition for 2010. For 2011, the system is now available as part of the Value Package.

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. Exterior features include:

  • Available 14-, 15- or 16-inch wheels
  • Standard auto-off headlights
  • Optional heated, power  side 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 metal-finished dashboard accents and red stitching on the steering wheel, gearshift knob and door panels. A USB input is standard. Interior features include:

  • 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
Mechanical features include:

  • 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 Rio5 comes fairly well equipped. Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard child-safety locks
  • Optional antilock brakes with rear discs