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Bought this second hand
I bought this car second hand from a dealer after my last car died. Officially converting to kia's! This car rides so smoothly and it's comfortable. It's practical and the boot is massive and the seats are quite large. There's enough leg room and all the electronics work well. This car was well taken care of when I bought it so it's nice to take care of it now
I'd buy another, without hesitation
The year 2008, my 1981, Getaway Honda needed some work. Brakes, Aircon, Suspension, Seats, Body rust, Paint, Suspension, minor stuff really. Why is it called a getaway Honda? I hear you ask. Well, the motor was well north of 300,000 km and I think the valves or seals needed some tlc. After driving away from idling the poor old thing would blow this massive cloud of white smoke. I called it my getaway smoke. Nobody could see where I'd gone. James Bond 007 would be so proud.
Anyway back to the Kia. $13,300 for the base model with premium paint ...
- Rio UB (2011-2016)
KIA Rio - problems from manufacturing
There’s been less than a month since we got our KIA Rio and we’ve taken it to Southland Kia for service 3 times now.
Two days after we got our car there was a strange noise when we were pressing the gas pedal.
The first time we took it to Kia Southland, a technician got in the car with me and drove it for a while to try to identify the noise. He told me that was a normal noise, there wasn’t a problem and that it would probably be a small rock in the tyre. He suggested we drive the car a little while because the car was new and it will ev...entually adjust by itself and the noise will go away. After 2 days, we decided to make an appointment because the noise was becoming louder and we were sure that wasn’t normal. We took the car for a service and the result was that the bonnet release handle was loose and vibrating. That was the noise we were hearing. They ordered the replacement part, applied foam tape to alleviate the noise and told us to bring the car again. The foam tape didn’t work and the noise was still present. Last Wednesday we took the car again so they could replace the faulty part. After we got into the car, we drove for around 2 hours and there wasn’t any noise. However, on Thursday morning, the noise came back again along with a strange noise when we brake.
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for the money I paid I couldn't be more satisfied with my kia rio
economical to run with low fuel mileage and I know that I have a unique 7 year warrenty to fall back on should I need it
a quite moter with all the power I need and a very stylish interior, it is amazing how much room it has for a small car
the boot is ample and I like the fact that it came with a full sized spare tyre
bad brakes no warranty
Kia rio brakes grinding from day 1 need to replace rotors within one year dealer ignores the problem pretending its normal want me to pay 1500 dollars to repair saying thats normal at 20000 km lol I wonder if kia representative AFL mathew pavlich drives his kia with factory fault rotors that are grinding I would hope not / a bit of respect for the regular people would be appreciated for after all we paid for our cars in good faith DONT BUY A KIA you could regret it
Well we have finally sold our Rio, after 2 services from Dandenong Kia/Nissan, which ended up costing us money after each service, at 45,000 kms we got the service done, also needed brakes all round, so expensive, $1200, after we got the car home I took it to Bob Jane to have new tyres fitted, the wheels were rattle gunned on so tight that one of the wheels cracked, one had to be cut off the car, one had the wheel stud destroyed, $1000 dollars later, new wheels and tyres, next service I showed the report to Dandenong Kia, they said no way it c...ould happen, I told him have a look at the date, one day after the service, they said sorry but took no responsibility for anything, 60,000 kms service, they did not change the oil filter, just filled an extra 3.5 litres into the engine, 7 litres in the sump, it was pouring rain, had the wipers changed, $66, they fell apart 400 meters from the service department, got soaked fixing in the middle of Dandenong, the car once again would not start, this after $600 service, had to drain oil and replace with a new filter, took out the spark plugs and changed them, took apart the throttle body and cleaned and found it was sticking, once all this done, bingo the car started each time, poor service, the first service was fantastic, after that down hill, emailed them and told them we just bought a $50,000 car, it could have been from them, but alas, no way, they were great in giving you a loan car, but everything costs 4 to 5 times more than anywhere else, asked for a gear box service, $386 just for the oil, no filter or labour, come on, won't ever buy or recommend Kia ever again, just talked a friend out of buying the new 2017 Kia Rio, he bought a Renault Clio, 4.5 litres per 100 kms, our Rio was 6.9 to 7.9 per 100 kms, very uneconomical, a bit better now since I fixed everything myself, also paid them $89 for synthetic oil, don't believe they put it in as the car ran like crap, then I changed it for a better oil and it was great, well thats my last report on Kia, glad that we got a new car.
Solid, Relieable, Quiet
Compared to all other cars in its class, it is way outsanding. Everything works the way it should, and everything is in the right place. Built quality is perfect, and running costs way beyond understanding (pretty good!).
The most amazing thing of this car is the quietness. When you stop at the red lights you and your passengers wonder if there is really a petrol engine in the car.
The 1.4 doesn't sound impressive, but it is very willing. The power is well distributed across the range, and it works so well from the lowers to the highest...revs all the time. It is not punchy, but when in need you can just cut a few gears down, and press on. It delivers. Brakes were better than I ever expected. Fuel consumption ridiculously good. Legroom plentiful. Everything seem to be in the right place in the cabin. The car looks pretty good as well. Highly recommended. The only thing I didn't quite like is that on the 3 door model, rear visibility is quite a challenge.
Great budget new car
I love my little Rio, I would give it 5 stars on the looks alone. Has excellent power and high end speed for a little 4 cylinder the interior looks great and the added Bluetooth iPod connection are great. The downsides are as soon as you turn the a/c or headlights on it seems to suck up all the power from the performance of the car and it also chews through petrol when these are on otherwise it's normally very economical. luckily where I live it's cold most of the year and I do not drive much at night. Also has some bad blind spots and the dash is rather long so vision can sometimes be an issue but all in all great little new car for the price
Great Small Car
Bought new in April 2016 to replace my ageing, but faithful '06 Hyundai Getz.
My first choice for a new car was a Hyundai Accent, but the local dealer was rude & unwilling to sell me a car.
I went in for a test-drive at my local KIA dealer (GT Western Kia Kingswood), close to closing time on a Sat afternoon.
My first impression of the Rio was that it is a good looking hatch (better than the Accent), the interior, although it looked a little dated, was well laid-out.
I test drove the 1.4l 5spd -Manual 5dr (I wanted a 3-dr, but none were in s...
Great little fun car
Just got a 2013 Kia Rio auto and so far so good. It's a fun car to drive, the little 1.4L delivers surprisingly good power and the sports automatic gives it a racy feel. The boot is a bit small but usable and the back seats are a bit crammed if you are tall. It eats through the fuel faster than I was expecting as the fuel consumption rate is suppose to be 6L/100km. In terms of driver comfort the Rio is pretty good with a nice range of seat and steering column adjustments. It also has plenty of modern tech features such as auto headlights, Bluetooth, USB and Aux inputs, hill-start hold and a stylish interior. I have only had the Rio for a month so I can't comment on reliability but from what I've heard they are a pretty good car.
2014 1.4L manual
Done less than 12,000km and car started to get a bit rough at idle and slight noise under bonnet which I have been told by everyone is an injector noise and normal. WTH how can it be normal for my perfectly quiet car before this where if I stopped at a red traffic light you would think the car had stalled as it was so silent. Went to John Hughes today and as the problem is intermittently they heard nothing. We were helped by [name removed] in service and he was great but again he thinks the sound is normal. HOW CAN IT BE NORMAL IF IT'S ONLY R...ECENTLY DEVELOPED? He connected to scan tool and performed an update but that was for a knock which hasn't developed yet. Interestingly he did say the 1 8l model has the same fault and they can fix that! Again WTH. Now I'm left with a petrol car that sounds like a diesel.
Reliable. Uses more petrol than it should
Purchased a clean example.
Did what it was purchased to do.
Everything works well.
The factory speakers sound so much better with an upgraded stereo system.
Easy to drive and maneuvre.
Unfortunately it uses ore petrol than it should. I was getting ~10L/100km for a 1.6L hatchback. On researching the issue, this seems to be the norm.
Since new the Rio has had an intermittent problem with missfirering. It has been back to the dealer 5 times and they have not been able to isolate a part that is causing the problem. Finally they have agreed to replace parts but they are on back order so they have had the car a week and it will be 2-3 more weeks without a car, very unhappy!!
Passenger airbag faulty/speedometer stopped working.
This is an average small car for driving/comfort etc. However at about 100,000 km's the airbag warning light came on and would not turn off. Took it to Kia dealership, they said the passenger airbag was faulty, my problem-not theirs. Cost to me to repair $1200. Be very wary of lack of dealer assistance after warranty expires. In addition at 120,000 km's the speedometer stopped working. This is still a work in progress with the auto electrician. A search of the internet shows these are a common problem with the JB Kia Rio's. Kia would have been well aware of these problems but their silence is revealing. Remember, cheap comes with problems.
Poor quality brakes
My 1.4L auto hasn't been driven hard but the brakes are worn at 30,000 kilometers - needs new rotors and pads, $1700 to replace them, no aftermarket rotors made yet. I took the car into the dealer about the harsh grinding noise coming from the brake within the first week. I was told that's normal no problems. I have spoken to KIA and they tell me that's what they expect to get from the brakes and will not replace them under warranty. After telling them that my Hyundai has 70,000 kilometers on it and have not touched the brakes at all, their exp...lanation was it's a different class of car. I have owned several different brands of cars, not one of the others has needed brakes before 65,000 kilometers. I have had other issues with the car that have been fixed by KIA - seat trims replaced front drivers side, left rear passenger side, paint imperfection drivers rear 1/4 panel and the gaps between left hand front guard bonnet and passenger door. As far as KIA is concerned brakes are a part that wears out and is not covered by it's warranty. Might be cheap to buy but not to maintain. Do yourself a favour - go buy something else.
KIA RIO 2013
Brilliant little car, so comfortable, feels bigger than it is and plenty of head room for even taller people. My only hint would be change the original tyres to a more expensive one, like bridgestone pretenza for example to make it stick to the road and quieten the cabin noise to almost nothing!! brilliant car + the 5 year warranty, you wont go wrong!! They are not the KIA's of old, they have come a long way sine the early days to be something fantastic
Great car so far.
Purchased a base mose S one year and 16000 km ago. Would have liked to have Cruise Control but could not justify the extra cost of the S Premium as none were on special at the dealer; only paid $13500. Managed to pick up factory Kia Cruise Control from Ebay for under $100 and fitted it myself in under 30 minutes.
The KIA Rio is much better finished inside than most of its competition. The car is very well put together and has a quality feel about it, The car drives and handles very well, noise suppression is above average. The engine is smoot...
Good little car
This little car has pretty good performance considering the size. Noise wise, it is quite quiet. Handling is smooth.
There is plenty of leg room. The dashboard is a nice height.
The car itself is quite cheap to fill up, around $45 a full tank.
Would recommend as a good first car.
5 star safety rating my A**!
THIS IS A MUST READ TOO THE END! I loved driving my Kia Rio 2015 model! It's amazing to drive, I can boost up the seat to see over the dash board because I am quiet short, cheap to run as well!
I absolutely loved it!
Until I had an accident!
Going 70ks an hour & was hit twice my air bags didn't deploy!
I am so let down!
I believe it does NOT had the 5 star safety rating that Kia claims it has!
i would not go out and buy another one anytime soon, whip lash & other injuries are not worth it!
Used E10 Fuel and fuel economy changed dramatically
Just reached 9,000 KM had KIA Rio since May 27th 2015 drove to Gold Coast and Brisbane from Leongatha area and 1 week driving around traffic 2165 KM 146.37 Liters, 14.79 Km per liter or 6.76 Lt-rs per 100 KM, but going back I used E10 for 1,000 KM of a 1,864 Km trip back and fuel economy changed to 7.4 Lt-rs per 100 KM changed back reg unleaded and dropped to 6.5 Lt-rs per 100, so I will never use E10 again proof in the pudding.
43 Lt tank E10 cost 2 cents a liter cheaper saving 86 cents cost in extra fuel 7 litres more fuel, cost $8.20 based on $1.20 a liter.
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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