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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Amazing little car
Bought my Kia brand new and the features that I got with the car make it one of the most affordable small cars on the market with the most features. Only 4 speed with auto so can get a little slow at times, but overall a smooth and quiet drive with lots of comfort
Purchased in March 2019 at valley motor group.
Love This Hatchback Car
The most compact and reliable car I ever had. I got brand new my car from the dealership and since then I haven't had any issue. Just minor changes as any other car. I used my car on a daily bases. Very economic in petrol, wear works perfectly. Space and comfort is great. I have used many time to make my move outs and surprise everything fits (except the mattress and bed frame) Highly recommended model and brand!
Great to drive
Our Kia Rio is a great sized car for us. We are able to use it as and when we like, small enough to park but large enough to take friends or family with us. Cheap to run and we love being able to play our music via the radio as well as having the ability of Bluetooth.
so far so good
I bought my Kia about 1.5 years ago. I am generally happy but don't drive so much (only 4000 kms) so far so it is more a little runner around in Sydney. One of the things I noticed is that after 2 minor accidents (me not at fault) one damage to the back and one to the side the car looked pretty badly damaged so I am wondering what it would be to be involved in a 'major' accident and whether I survived. It is just like everything, the parts are from very cheap material. I can see that with my tires, they constantly need to be pumped up (low on a...ir) which seems unreasonable only after such a short time. That makes me think that they used really cheap material. I wish I could have them replaced with better quality tires. Time will tell in the longer run how I am going....
Great fuel sufficiently, nice to drive.
Purchased this to replace i20 which Was written off in hit and run. Great to drive, park and teach my teenagers to drive in. Use it to go to work every day and for any travel requiring 5 or less passengers. Only have to fill up once and week even with all that travel. Service every 6 months or when necessary. No problems at all with this vehicle.
This is my pride and joy!
My little grey Kia Rio is my absolute world. Being my first car, it’s driven a lot. Everywhere I go I get compliments on how nice my car looks. Driving my car is a dream, it’s smooth on all roads and road noise is minimal. I love the heaviness of the car, the steering wheel, gears, closing the doors etc. it feels solid - I feel like I’m in a safe and really high quality car.
Super easy to drive.
I bought a manual SLi 2013 model brand new and have found it very easy to drive, a full tank of fuel is around $45, handles well and is generally a very reliable car.
I have noticed my gas in the boot hydraulics wore out very quickly and tires on my model are quite expensive to buy (low profile) but other than that, very good little car.
Love my just right car
I love that I have 4 cylinder especially since I have heavy foot and get speeding tickets. It drives smooth and quite. I have a basic one the one with the window u have to manually hold on and roll up or down lol but still love her. Will get a kia optima as soon as I pay her half off
Good car for a first time driver
The new generation Kia Rio handles well, the drive is smooth and comfortable. Outside noise levels are greatly reduced. Only major issue is the effort it requires to drive up steep inclines - it really struggles and you find it hard to go faster than 45 km/hr. The internal technology is great, especially the rear view camera - great view and range. The phone connectable app for apple or android phones is very handy - no need for a GPS, just use google maps. Touch screen works quite well. Good legroom in the front for a small car. A little t...ight for 4 people but it can cope if required. One bug that needs to be ironed out is the change in levels of volume of the radio. When you get in and turn the car on the volume increases and then reverts back to the volume level you have set. this is extremely annoying. To date I have had no other issues, good reliability, but it is early days. Good 7 year warranty and fixed service every 15,000 kms and reasonably fuel efficient, even in inner city driving.
Pros and cons
in this new generation of Kia Rio it has an obvious extra element of incorporating touch screen with google maps compatibility. The app you use to connect your phone is Android Auto, which can be both a pain and/or a blessing. Firstly, it's great how you can command with a call of a button for your android auto to "Call mum", "play music", etc. However, sometimes the app malfunctions and you can't operate google maps on your car when you are in power saving mode. I used to drive the previous generation of Kia Rio, and I like how the new one has...a wider legroom/space, how there is an extra USB port for people at the backseat to charge their phone, how the windscreen doesn't rattle unlike the older Kia Rio, how it has a reverse camera and guide, how you can set the light to turn on automatically, and lastly, how well this car removes noise pollution from the outside. However, I don't like how loud the indicator is when you want to signal left/right, and how hard it is to move up a steep hill that you can only go 40km/hr max even if you are flooring it. Overall, nice comfortable car but not for someone who can't operate new technology.
Real World Review of the New 2017 Kia Rio Manual
So we have owned our New model Kia Rio for about four months now and we have done some real driving in it and have just ticked over 9000 kms, our most recent trip was to Nowra from Brisbane and back for the Christmas holidays to see family. Now there is a lot to like about this new Rio but also a lot to dislike as well and I'm not sure the likes outweigh the dislikes but here goes.
We bought this because we wanted a small reasonably priced car and the new Rio caught our eye. Ours is the base model in white because its a manual and the 2 models...
Questions & Answers
Has anyone had dash vibration noise, I have two Kia Rios 2016 & 2019 models both have dash vibrations.
Time of day not showing on display unit and when I go into set up functions the clock option is greyed out. Any help?
2018 Kia Rio
|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|
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