Reviewer Photos & Videos
Engine Pinging on a brand New 2020 car
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 September 2020 for $21,990.00.
Car could be so good with a few tweaks
For me this car is a love hate relationship. The rear camera lines are not accurate so I'd use a combo of mirrors and camera. The fuel economy is so far off the manufacturers claim of 6.2L per 100km. Try 9.8L/100. As for acceleration...Don't even think about pulling into that gap unless you put it into manual mode and go past 4000rpm. You'll find yourself turning off the AC at times as it saps what little power and torque there is. I think most of this is due to the 4 speed auto. The 1.4L motor should be a 1.6L like the 2005 Rios. This lets the...whole car down. Besides that its easy to park, interior and exterior look nice, infotainment is good, boot is a good size and rear leg room is good. I love how it looks but not how it performs. The switch gear on steering wheel also feels a bit cheap.
Purchased in March 2020.
Don’t buy this car
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.
Purchased in October 2020.
I want my money back
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 September 2020 at Kia Dealers for $21,500.00.
Engine misfire and labouring solved. Free
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
Fantastic little car
We brought our Rio two months ago. So far I am completely impressed by every part of the car. Though yes she occasionally struggles up hills until the gears kick in yet at other times she takes off like a rocket. The car is roomy and super quite and extremely fuel efficient. In two months I've only put 40 dollars in her and yet have driven it regularly. The interior is comfortable and I like that it does not have all the gadgets and Gizmo's because I get to enjoy the drive rather then pressing buttons. Yet it has the right amount. Has a great ...sound system and a fantastic air-conditioning. It can be a little heavy on old or well worn roads. But that does not bother me at all. It is spacious inside and I have never felt cramped in. I feel good when I drive as I always know I'm protected by the 7 year warranty and fixed servicing. She handles great on the road and Motorways. The car is so easy to park. And slip by others when there is limited space to pass.I am very impressed and would recommend them to anyone wanting a reliable and efficient car who don't care for all the glitz and gadgets. Though the car has plenty.
Purchased in March 2020 at Zupps for $18,200.00.
Compact cute car!
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!
Hire car - sad when my car was repaired and I had to return it!
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 November 2018.
Love this car
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 August 2019 at Kia Dealers for $22,000.00.
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.
Good until repairs needed
My partner bought me a second hand Kia Rio 2004 sedan about 3-4 years ago with about 120,000 km on the clock. Was a great little car at first, very quiet engine, could not even hear the engine idle sitting at traffic lights. But then things started to happen. Had to replace left side CV joint not too long after it was bought, it now needs replacing again, then the radiator fan died (overheats extremely quickly), the alternator died last year & will be replacing it again in a few days. The drivers side back brakes locked up on me & left me stran...ded in the middle of nowhere for a few good hours, when I went to replace that particular brake pad, it was in about 20 pieces - no wonder why it locked up on me!! I have problems with the door locks, they seem to lock themselves sometimes & then its sometimes almost impossible to unlock them, drivers side window leaks something shocking, struts are leaking, am going to to the timing belt as I would not have a clue when it last got replaced. One thing gets replaced, then something else goes wrong. Engine runs quite warm but that is to be expected from the little space under the bonnet. This is one of the worst cars to do any sort of mechanical work on, nothing on this car is simple & easy to fix. Replacing the alternator was horrible, not looking forward to doing it again. Hard to find parts, car not worth buying expensive new parts either. It is a gutless car on any sort of incline, but awesome on fuel economy, driving on empty lasts for ages, plenty of boot space though. I would not recommend buying a Kia to anyone, cannot wait to get rid of it, will be putting it in a Demo Derby then burning it to the ground.
Underpowered piece of crap
Got it as a loan car when my car is due for a new airbag. The automatic one is a piece of crap you need to use manual mode if you want better pickup on hill. The fuel consumption is terrible as well. I would say at least Toyota Echo and Daihatsu Sirion are better than that.
Purchased my top of the range Rio SLi secondhand in January 2019.
Dealer agreed to replace the tyres as they were badly scalloped and noisy. Thought it was strange that a car with only 17,000kms would need new tyres. 7000kms later my tyres are starting to get noisy again. Took it to my local tyre centre and was told my rear tyres are scolloping. He advised me to take it back Kia and get the rear end checked for any issues.
Also have an ongoing issue with a rattle in the front passenger door which has already been looked at twice with no probl...em found. My tailgate doesn’t latch properly unless you slam it. This has also been looked at with no fault found. Fuel consumption is not the best either. Uses almost the same amount of fuel as my wife’s V6 Aurion! Considering selling it but the resale value is terrible. No wonder the previous owner sold it after 1 year of ownership. Good points : looks good in metallic black, comfortable leather seats, climate control air and auto wipers.
Purchased in January 2019 at Mazda for $15,000.00.
I love my little car BUT
I have a 2018 Automatic Hatch. Bought brand new. Great features, great on the fuel but my only disappointment would be the engine noise. A couple months in, noticed a loud ticking noise at idle and also speeds between 15 - 40 driving slowly eg 50km road with roundabout. there was a loud rattling noise, people travelling with me asked about it so it wasn't my imagination. Sometimes very loud. I took it to Kia who couldn't diagnostically find anything wrong with it but their research showed other buyers had had the same problem and they sug...gested using 95 or higher fuel. So yes the high fuel worked but annoyed that I should have to get the higher fuel. It's a brand new car and shouldn't make such obvious engine noises. So.... disappointed on this point. Also sometimes, after accelerating a little then taking foot off a bit it does surge.
Purchased in April 2018 for $17,000.00.
great first car
could not of asked for a better first car. she stuck by me through thick and thin, I definitely did not treat her right, typical female andeverything. not sure how I managed not to blow the engine up. came close, twice. just wish I had been as kind to her as she with me, as I could not afford the inevitable surgery she needed from lack of service and cheap dodgey repair work
Purchased in June 2011 for $9,000.00.
Questions & Answers
Hi my daughter purchased a new Kia Rio in October 2020 and the engine is Pinging and they can't seem to fix it. She is using the correct 91 fuel and not E10. We've been told by customer service that there are other RIO's doing it as well and they cant explain why, it just seems to be a fault. They just said to use 95 until they find a fix but this is against the manufacturers recommendations. Were worried about the long term engine damage that is being caused. Anyone else got the same problem?
Pinging is most likely due to crappy fuel. Try using 91 instead of E10. The other option is that there is a sensor that is giving bad fuel/air ratios back to the computer "or" the computer has an issue.
She has always used 91 and never used the crapy E10. They have tried 4 times now to fix it doing engine tests and fuel samples and don't seem to be able to. The customer service department let slip that there a number of other Rio's in the same model doing it as well and they cant explain why? They suggested we run it on 95 or 98 which is against the manufacturers recommendations until they geta fix?
I'm getting like 10.5L per 100km which is not great. My Ford Escape uses 10L per 100km and it has twice the horsepower (turbo) and is 500kg heavier....if you only have had it for a short time you could try another dealer and then go to the ACCC.
I have a problem when braking the car creaks it only happens after the car warms up. Coukd it be worn rotors?
Has anyone had dash vibration noise, I have two Kia Rios 2016 & 2019 models both have dash vibrations.
Get an answer from our members
|Category||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||15" Steel||15" Steel||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||5.6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||45 L||45 L||45 L||45 L|
|Engine||3 Cylinder 1.0L||4 Cylinder 1.4L||4 Cylinder 1.4L||4 Cylinder 1.4L|
|Max Power||88kW @ 6300rpm||74kW @ 6000rpm||74kW @ 6000rpm||74kW @ 6000rpm|
|Max Torque||172Nm @ 1500-4000rpm||133Nm @ 4000rpm||133Nm @ 4000rpm||133Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea|
|Manufacturer Warranty||7 year(s)||7 year(s)||7 year(s)||7 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2016||Jan 2016||Jan 2016||Jan 2016|
ProductReview.com.au has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence our content moderation policies in any way, though ProductReview.com.au may earn commissions for products/services purchased via affiliate links.