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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
Love my little Kia Rio
After 11 years I finally got to buy a new car. Kia Rio came highly recommended by friend and it didn’t disappoint. The design is focused on making driving easy, the USB outlet is located at the front where I can easily reach it. The drive and handling is good and quiet. The only thing I don’t like is the fuel economy.
My little Broom Broom
This car has done me so well, for so long. I purchased my car in 2012 and it is over 6 years old now and serving me well. My car is black, the only thing I would have done differently, is get it in a different colour. Black is harder to maintain the cleanliness.
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.
Average little car
Compact car suited to maximum of two adults only, good on fuel not bad to drive, throw away car in terms of major maintance due to the work involved removing gearbox's etc.
No fill holes or level holes on manual transmissions , gearbox snouts wear easily, front wheel bearings don't last terribly long, insufficient lubrication on drive line parts from the factory so they seize or wear prematurely,
OK car if you keep them only along as the factory warranty lasts.
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.
Overall Good performance.
Good value for money with a low maintenance cost.
Reliable car, I never had an issue with it (done 160,000 so far) , just doing the regular maintenance as per log book.
Fuel efficient and economic.
Good interior design, but it has a lot of cheap plastic in the dash board.
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...
The best small car around
While my heart said Ford Focus, my head said Kia Rio, and my head won - thank goodness!
With an unbeatable 7 year transferable warranty, this car has the body of a small car, but an engine of one much larger. It has power, great ride stability and is extreme economical to run. It's spacious and easily seats 4 to 5 people, with a roomy boot as well.
So glad I chose this for my new small car, I love it.
Great size car, plentiful boot room. Amble room for usbs to connect phones, gps' and other necessary items. The only thing that is a small issue is when you have a car seat fitted you can't remove the boot liner to either access the spare tyre or clean the liner. The car also has ISO-fix (easier way to fit car seats if they are isofix capable). $40 fills the fuel tank!
Car running Ok
Have purchased a rio with 107 000, up tp 117 000k,s. Fuel specifications havent been tested but I suspect at a very high economy rate.
Good handling, plenty of room in hatchback. Purchase price low $ 1100. There does seem a lot of faults. The oil usage has been high, like a litre per thousand. A thicker oil is needed Ithink. I have put in a bottle of nulon engine wear additive. The running has improved. The timing or cam belt needs to bedone. Given the clutch is loose, oil use high also, I intend to use to the end and not repair. It has give...n me 5 months use. The economic use of petrol and handling is outstanding feature. I suspect economy is 20 or 30 per cent greater than other models. Seemingly poor car for the vehicle as has deteraitied ithe motor. Although the paint job is slightly chabby it is in reaosnable condition. This is a throw away car, car repairs are too great,. If I had known concerns I would not have purchased, certainly wont be reapairing it. Another month or two usage is fine. I drive about 500km a week, hence a significant money saving. While its working I give it 5 stars, another few thousnad kms, for the price and perhaps 20 000 of driving gives good economy at a point in the life of the car it doesnt need repair to function. The air con is not in use, have trouble working radio. Fantastic wheel alignment, perfect for corners. There are ones in good condition. Great economy for bottom end of cost market,
LOVE MY LITTLE RIO
I have had mine for just about 2 years and never had a fault with it!!! I love the look of it and it has so much room, i have had the car full of all my friends and they were all still comfortable. Its got a decent kick to it considering its such a small car, and its so cheap to fill up about $40 a week!! The whole car just feels great to drive, is so comfortable and also comes with all the tech gadgets a new car needs
Best car I’ve purchased
Drive performance is excellent, so efficient with petrol. Drives extremely smooth and no hassles getting from A to B.
Car is so cute and sporty, and I would highly recommend it for a first car or even if you like a small car.
Looks good, and the interior tops it.
Getting expensive to maintain.
I bought mine new in 2012 and have been generally happy with it. However at the four year mark and only 26,000km the front discs and pads were shot and needed replacing. Rear pads were also shot. Not happy but the dealer did offer a free service next time which they honoured. It's in for service today and the front tyres are in need of replacement at 32,000km. The car is used 99% of the time going to the shops etc and the average speed around here is 50 or 60 so very little high speed driving. The tyres are not Kias'fault but the rubbish brake material is. Disappointing in what has been a great little car in other respects.
Better than I thought
It is not my car but I got it from my friend so I drove this car for couple of month. It does not look big the internal space is much more big than I was expection. The doors seal very well, noise can be largely reduce. When driving, it is stable and easy to park.
This is a great car. I travel to Melbourne once a month to see my elderly Mother from Adelaide, a eight hour trip and this small car eats up the miles easily with plenty of comfort. I used to drive a Commodore there and when I traded down to my city smaller vehicle thought how will I manage the above but with the hatch laying down flat and loaded up I have been remarkably surprised at economy, comfort and ease at which this car has performed. And magnificent around the city.
My third new Kia Rio in a row
Kia just keep on getting better and better. Earlier this year, I bought my third-in-a-row brand new Rio and now, several months on, I'm still as happy as ever. I choose this brand and model because it means I can afford brand new without having to secure finance. I had my first one for 8 years and it never skipped a beat, my second for 5 years and sold it when it just came out of warranty, and now, the new one has 7 years warranty! That tells me Kia has every confidence in the quality they manufacture and in my experience, it has proven to be t...rue. I do think the 2017 has less boot space than the 2012 but as a single person, that's neither here nor there for me. And yes, it's still a bit 'gutless' on pick-up and driving up steep hills but again, not a deal-breaker for me as I mainly just zip around town. The payoff for me are the elements that are better-than-expected for the price range. I was hoping my new car would have more advanced connectivity and it does! Android Auto is excellent and now I'm spoiled and couldn't be without it. Also, the interior comfort is better and I enjoy that even in my bottom-of-the-range model, I can have a big LED screen, parking sensors and reverse camera as standard! Reliability has never been an issue for me. The running costs are what I call 'stupid-low' but then I don't drive a whole lot. My 2012 had 37,000K on it after 5 years. I did prefer the previous exterior shape and styling but I'm not such a car-head that I need this to be amazing. I go for fuel economy, features and comfort and it checks all the boxes for those.
Great second car.
We brought this car because we needed an economical run about. It has proved to be exactly that never had a problem with it. Performance is great, handles well, far better than expected. When you are inside there is plenty of legroom & Boot space. I would have to say I would have no problems buying another one.
The 2017 kia rio is great. Love the reverse camera apple car play. 7 year warranty is the best. This is my 4th kia and won't be the last. The car is very economical. Serving is affordable. Drives well although obviously not super powerful. Drives much better than the hyundai accent I have for work
Second hand Rio
we name our car as Cherry from the color. This does not have the enough storage space but it is much for two people the normal daily time. It is the automatic car and the power of the car is limited. The car has been served once from we bought it. Others are looks good.
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.
|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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