Kia Rio
Kia Rio
Kia Rio

2019 Kia Rio sedan

Pros: Pleasant ride and engaging handling; decent power for a subcompact car; availability of forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking

Cons: Cramped rear-seat space; rear seatbacks don’t fold completely flat in hatchback model; so-so rear visibility

CG Says: The 2019 Kia Rio drops the base LX hatchback and the top-trim EX models, although most of the EX features are now part of an optional Technology Package. The 6-speed manual transmission has also been dropped. Otherwise, Rio has only minor trim changes following last year’s redesign. Rio is a subcompact car offered in two bodystyles, a 4-door-sedan and a 4-door-hatchback that Kia calls a “5-Door”. The sole engine choice is a 130-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Available features include Kia’s UVO infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity and forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking. The redesigned Kia Rio is one of the best cars in the subcompact-car segment; it delivers impressive levels of comfort and refinement at attractive prices. It also has good power for the class and comes with a generous warranty.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices LX sedan: $16,195
S sedan: $16,995
S hatchback: $17,295

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Kia Rio 5-Door
2019 Kia Rio hatchback
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - NA

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