Kia isn’t likely to promote the 2016 Kia Rio as much as some of its other lineups, such as the Kia Soul. The reason for that is simple – this sedan is just not that great. However, those in search of a cheap new car should give it a look.
The 2016 Kia Rio wasn’t as heavily promoted by Kia as the new Soul model, which is scary news, because this may be the brand’s way of saying that it doesn’t really care about this lineup anymore. This, of course, may result in its demise. Most changes to the 2016 model involve the sedan’s exterior design, but much has changed otherwise, which may also be the reason why Kia decided not to promote the new model extensively.
The Rio’s grille has morphed a little, but this change isn’t terribly noticeable. Instead of the cage design found on the previous model, the grille now features horizontal lines and boasts a slightly more rectangular shape. Kia has also decided to add circular fog lights, which complement the grille perfectly, along with the headlights, which look a tiny bit sharper around the edges. The rear side of the sedan remains unchanged, however, so don’t even look!
Inside, you will find a neat control panel in a satin finish and a new shiny black centre stack. This new model is also bringing back the Eco Package, which includes a UVO multimedia system and a backup camera. Other features include a centre console armrest and a shifter, black cloth seats with grey leatherette trim, along with grey padded door panel inserts and grey stitching on the steering wheel.
Under the hood of the new Kia Rio is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, which can push 138 horsepower. The six-speed automatic is the standard transmission since Kia no longer offers a manual option. In terms of fuel efficiency, the new Rio is rated at 9.0 litres per for 100 kilometres in the city, 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway and 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres combined. As you can tell, the Rio’s fuel efficiency is easily its most valuable quality, as if Kia is trying to make for the lack of other worthwhile attributes.
Kia needs to do a better job of promoting the Rio, and perhaps the best way of doing so is to emphasize how fuel-efficient this sedan really is. That being said, the Rio doesn’t really stand apart from its competitors, and the lacklustre presentation in Chicago where the automaker announced the vehicle, may mean that the Rio’s days are numbered.
2016 Kia Rio
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Rating: 7.1 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|EX 6AT||$18,595||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|EX+ 6AT||$19,495||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LX 6MT||$14,495||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LX+ 6AT||$17,395||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LX+ 6MT||$16,095||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LX+ Eco 6AT||$18,195||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|SX 6AT||$20,595||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|SX with Navigation 6AT||$22,795||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||4|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
The 2016 Rio with a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission returns 27 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 31 mpg. That's an improvement of just 1 mpg over the 2015 Rio in highway driving, but does not change the Rio's 31-mpg average.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2016 Rio sedan, while a six-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Rio sedan. The six-speed manual is no longer offered in the Rio sedan.
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|Interiors and Special Features:|
Kia says the Rio should be quieter thanks to additional high-density foam inside. Other interior highlights include more satin-finish trim on the control panel and a new shiny black centre stack surround.
Sedan and sedan models will again be available in LX, EX and the top-line SX trim; the new EX Designer Package offers interior upgrades like black cloth seats with grey leatherette trim, along with grey padded door panel inserts and grey stitching on the steering wheel, centre console armrest and shifter. The Eco Package, which returns for 2016, now includes the updated UVO multimedia system and a backup camera.
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The Rio’s three trim levels—LX, EX, and SX—are largely unchanged. The parsimonious LX comes with crank windows and manual door locks, although it does offer some niceties, including air conditioning, a six-way manual driver’s seat, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary audio jacks, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. The LX Power package adds keyless entry plus power windows and door locks. LX sedan buyers who spring for the automatic transmission get Bluetooth and Kia's efficiency-minded Active Eco System in the bargain.
The mid-level EX comes standard with power windows, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and a tilt/telescope steering column. For 2016, the available Eco package is upgraded to include a backup camera and Kia’s updated UVO eServices Telematics system. A new Designer package dresses up the interior with natty black cloth and grey leatherette upholstery with grey stitching, padded grey door-panel inserts, as well as grey stitching on the steering wheel, centre-console armrest, and shifter boot.
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|Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted|
|Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front and USB front|
|Audio system with AM/FM radio, satellite radio, CD player (reads MP3 format)|
|Electronic brake distribution|
|Brake assist system|
|4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)|
|Front and rear bumpers|
|Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,545.00|
|2 12V in front|
|Power trunk/hatch release|
|Front reading lights|
|Cargo area light|
|Driver and passenger vanity mirror|
|4 passenger assist handles|
|External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,370, overall width (mm): 1,720, overall height (mm): 1,455, wheelbase (mm): 2,570, front track (mm): 1,519, rear track (mm): 1,524 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 10,516|
|Cargo capacity(in litres): all seats in place: 388|
|Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,015, rear headroom (mm): 955, front hip room (mm): 1,323, rear hip room (mm): 1,301, front leg room (mm): 1,112, rear leg room (mm): 790, front shoulder room (mm): 1,350, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,324 and interior volume (litres): 2,503|
|Body colour exterior door handles|
|Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged|
|Emissions data: CO2: 3,706 kg/yr|
|Engine: 1.6L Gamma GDI in-line four-cylinder with VVT|
|Power: 137 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 123 ft lb of torque @ 4,850 rpm|
|Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 8.8 ; highway= 6.4 ; combined= 7.7 ;|
|Fuel system: gasoline direct injection|
|Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)|
|Fuel tank: 43 litre capacity|
|Main dashboard display|
|Trip computer: includes avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range|
|Floor covering: none|
|Daytime running lights|
|Headlights: halogen with complex surface lens halogen|
|Internal button power locks ; automatic locking|
|Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag|
|Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for centre|
|Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger|
|2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats and rear seats|
|Front side airbags|
|Front to rear curtain airbags|
|Seat upholstery: cloth|
|Seating: 5 passengers|
|Rear seats: split-folding bench with seating for three|
|Front driver seat : bucket ; details: manual height, front passenger seat : bucket|
|Main service 160,000 and 84|
|Intermediate service variable distance/period|
|Multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment|
|Power steering type|
|Cupholders in front row and rear seats|
|Full floor console with open storage|
|Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension with coil springs|
|Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) stability control|
|Transmission: 6-speed manual ; incl. shifter on floor|
|Electronic traction control|
|3.830:1 axle ratio|
|Ventilation system with cabin filter|
|Powertrain type : combustion|
|Version information 01 Apr 2016|
|Trim level: LX|
|Windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe|
|Front power windows with 1 express, rear power windows|
|Rear view mirror|
|Rear window with defroster|
|Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable|
|Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km|
|Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Roadside assistance warranty: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Warranty whole vehicle - OEM: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Warranty powertrain - OEM 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,131 and Manufacturer’s own|
|Front and rear steel wheels: 15"x 5.5"|
|Front and rear all-season tires 185/65/T includes: low rolling resistance|