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Kia Rio

Kia Rio

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  • Build Quality
    3.7 (23)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (23)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.4 (21)
  • Noise Level
    3.4 (21)
  • Braking
    4.5 (22)
  • Acceleration / Power
    3.2 (22)
  • Gear Shifting
    3.8 (16)
  • Suspension
    3.8 (20)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    4.0 (21)
  • Handling
    4.3 (20)
  • Interior Design
    4.2 (19)
  • Boot Size
    4.1 (19)
  • Comfort
    4.1 (19)
  • Features
    3.9 (19)
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Josh S.
Josh S.Adelaide
  • 9 reviews
  • 9 likes

Kias failed attempt of a hot hatch?

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Sucked in by this car by its great looks and great features, I should really have tested it further before I bought one. At 2000 KMs, I had a warning light come on. After a 6 week process through kia servicing, (who were a nightmare to deal with) I finally got it fixed.

Sluggish transmission, over revving issues, not changing gear when it should, kicking, and slow acceleration, this car isn't exciting. As expected with a 1.0L, 3 Cylinder engine. The standard picanto drives better.

It slammed to a stop in a car park with no one in front of me, jolting me forward.

Would not recommend kia to anyone. I always had my doubts regarding a kia. Wish I never bought it.

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dazza
dazzaSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 27 reviews
  • 17 likes

I absolutely love my Rio GT

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Purchased in at Kia Dealers.

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Melissa
MelissaNorth Western Region, NSW
  • 113 reviews
  • 65 likes

Love my car

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Purchased in at Carsales.com.au.

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Ellen L
Ellen LCoffs Harbour
  • 2 reviews
  • 3 likes

Great!

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Great on fuel, lots of space when back seat is folded down. Fits even a dishwasher in it. I have the full option model, leather seats, push button start etc.

Purchased in for $6,000.

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Engine Pinging on a brand New 2020 car

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Bought a new KIA Rio bought in September 2020 and the engine is pinging. I have read how others have the same problem and KIA won't or can't do anything about it, so it could be a factory problem. Please reach out we need to do something!

Purchased in for $21,990.

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Peter S
Peter SAdelaide
  • 2 reviews
  • 2 likes

Car could be so good with a few tweaks

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CC RIDER
CC RIDERSydney, NSW
  • 2 reviews
  • 5 likes

Don’t buy this car

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The car was running fine for the first 2 months. This was purchased new in October 2020. The engine overheats when air con is on. Apple car play always cuts out. It’s been towed to Kia twice in a month. Now the car over revs on take off before it hits its gear and also will not reverse. Got towed to Kia again, been there for 3 days without resolution so far. I will never buy a Kia again. As a contractor I am losing income everyday I’m not on the road and this will eventually cost me more than what the car is worth. I will be exercising my rights for a full refund or a brand new car. Unacceptable for a new vehicle.

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John Benson
John BensonPerth, WA
  • 3 reviews
  • 2 likes

I want my money back

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Nicely packaged little car, big on features.
One of the selling points of this car was the wireless apple car play, the problem is that it does not work. Brand new out of the factory, on the way home from the dealer and it failed. The only feature of the infotainment system that works regularly is the radio.
Then there is the cruise control, works most of the time, but randomly it will not turn on, you just have to wait till your next drive for cruise control.
Another feature is the lane keeping assist, sometimes this works perfectly, other times it is a fight. It will try its hardest to steer you out of your lane! The irony is that if you let it, the lane alert will sound, warning you of lane departure :(

Purchased in at Kia Dealers for $21,500.

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John Benson
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It is now July 2021 and the fault still remains, no news from Kia.
The dealer and Kia Australia no longer answer my emails.
I hate driving this car!

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Richard
RichardGreat Southern, WA
  • 8 reviews
  • 5 likes

Engine misfire and labouring solved. Free

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Appears many comments on these cars missing (misfire, running rough).

Commonly it’s the coil pack, which gets replaced solving the problem. Expensive though.

I just found that a small amount of engine oil can leak from the rocker cover gasket and get on the side of the coil pack, and penetrate the rubber boot. This causes a shorting, arcing of the spark.

Clean off the oil, remove the lower boot from the coil and clean that too. Also clean deep inside the chamber leading to the spark plus, with a rag.

My engine misfire was completely solved

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Anto
AntoBrisbane
  • 10 reviews
  • 3 likes

Fantastic little car

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Purchased in at Zupps for $18,200.

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KT lee
KT lee
  • 3 reviews
  • 2 likes

Compact cute car!

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I bought this as my first new car. It drives well and I can park it in the tightest spots! The only issue is that the windscreen wipers don’t cover the whole screen!

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Miss Honest
Miss Honest
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Hire car - sad when my car was repaired and I had to return it!

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Wasn't expecting much when I picked up the Rio as a hire car while mine was being repaired. Very pleasantly surprised. The turning circle was impressive, it was quick off the mark and was quite gutsy for such a small engine. Good manual gearbox. Interior was simple but functional, decent air con and radio, reasonable storage space and legroom. Excellent fuel economy. If I was ever going to buy a small car again, it would be a Rio.

Purchased in .

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Madeleine Cahill
Madeleine CahillGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC
  • 4 reviews

Love this car

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Easy to drive, Apple car play is simply the best, so user friendly. Easy to make calls when driving, use the maps, listen to podcasts etc. Only downside is the car doesn't have a lot of go. Great for zipping around metro areas, not that great going up hill or on the road.

Purchased in at Kia Dealers for $22,000.

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Vin
VinGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC
  • 30 reviews
  • 7 likes

Everyday car

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Good for everyday use and long smooth road driving. Fuel efficient running to a vacation trip but with its ground clearance, load capacity should be lesser than the limit to run normally.

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MrSquigglesPencilFar North Queensland, QLD

Good until repairs needed

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Questions & Answers

IZIDDIN A.
IZIDDIN A.asked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

Greetings to you, I own a Kia Rio 2010, and I have a problem with the high cost of gasoline in the car, as I taught her full maintenance for her and she runs on 20 liters of gasoline 100 km

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Melissa
Melissa
Tshepang M.
Tshepang M.
philip d.
philip d.asked
Rio JB (2005-2011)

Got a kia rio ls 2004 with a broken master key.
Old key is now cable tied to the old ignition surround so it will start and changed key and lock on the steering column so it will start ect but the immoblizer is always on unless I always undo and cut the cable tie
I have a new key surround a new key new immoblizer all from another car. Thought this would work but having trouble.
What have I done wrong please
PS hope this all makes sence I would do it properly but I don't have the money basic

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Melissa
Melissa

Maybe get in touch with Kia they should be able to help you over the phone and it should be free, unless you need to buy another key, Sorry I'm not mechanically minded.

philip d.
philip d.

That's fine, thank for your time
Phil

plaiga7
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YB GT-Line (2016-2022)

Twice now, the 2022 Kia Rio GT Line has sounded like someone shaking a bucket of bolts under the bonnet. Was shut down immediatley, and ran normally when started again.
Also a throbbing noise that sounds like a ball bearing noise from the front drivers side.
Anyone else have these problems? Has done 6000k
TIA

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plaiga7
plaiga7

Happened on startu

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Kia Rio

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Compare all 10 Kia Rio
CategoryCars and HatchbacksCars and HatchbacksCars and HatchbacksCars and Hatchbacks
Starting Price $23,090.00$16,990.00$19,090.00$17,790.00
TransmissionDual-Clutch (DCT)ManualAutomaticManual
Drive TypeFront Wheel Drive (FWD)Front Wheel Drive (FWD)Front Wheel Drive (FWD)Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
Fuel TypePetrolPetrolPetrolPetrol
Wheels17" Alloy15" Steel15" Steel17" Alloy
ANCAP Safety Rating5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Fuel Consumption5.6 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L45 L45 L45 L
Engine3 Cylinder 1.0L4 Cylinder 1.4L4 Cylinder 1.4L4 Cylinder 1.4L
Max Power88kW @ 6300rpm74kW @ 6000rpm74kW @ 6000rpm74kW @ 6000rpm
Max Torque172Nm @ 1500-4000rpm133Nm @ 4000rpm133Nm @ 4000rpm133Nm @ 4000rpm
Country of ManufactureSouth KoreaSouth KoreaSouth KoreaSouth Korea
Manufacturer Warranty7 year(s)7 year(s)7 year(s)7 year(s)
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