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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.
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.
Good little car minor problems but good
I bought this to save some money on petrol... think it was about 17k we had it almost 4 years and it was always serviced on time alway cleaned and polished... it was kept absolutely mint....
decided to sell it and get a bigger car (not Kia) one yard didn’t even want it as a trade on a 40k car... so while they are a good little car there is NO resale value for them, same year Corolla holds it value far better...
Would be nice if it didn't conk out from time to time
I like the Rio, it is light on fuel, drives smoothly etc.
The only problem with mine is that sometimes stop dead, engine conks out and refuses to restart for 10 or more
minutes. It would be OK if it was a simple as taking it to the mechanic and getting them to read the engine diagnostics, but no, no engine light, no diagnostics. So it's just a matter of replace this, replace that. Is it the fuel pump, is it the immobiliser, is it the crank shaft sensor? Who knows, but spend lots of money getting the mechanic to change each and everything it might be.
So yeah, good car, but not happy with the lack of diagnostics for what is clearly a significant issue.
Good first car
I bought a second hand Kia Rio JB Sedan from a private seller when I was a university student and kept it for about 4 years, mainly for commuting to and from work. It is a good car to buy if it's your first car as it's economical to run and has enough space for adults at the back and a large enough boot.
The downsides of this particular car was that the paint started to wear out even though it was garaged every night and the seats are not that comfortable for long drives. Eventually, I upgraded to a bigger, better car.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
Not bad, but...
I bought a kia rio s 3 door about 3 months ago. I was tossing up whether to buy a new cheap car or a good second hand car. Buying a second hand car is such a lottery so I bought the kia.
It's a manual. Not bad acceleration and I mainly use it around the suburbs.
No rattles yet. It's no good at all for back seat passengers as there's no windows to open and it's a bit cramped. My youngest isnt a fan. I don't like the way one of the panels bends when you lean on it. Cheap and nasty.
It's pretty quiet. I could hardly hear the engine at all at ...
New 2012 kia rio sls
Bought the car only 5 - 6 weeks ago brand new with 12 km on the clock. The drivers seat back support cannot be locked back in place already after only the second time of use. the unit is broken and driving the car inoperable unless i want to take a chance of falling back and forth with seat moving and no support whilst driving. Rang the dealer at Southport sunshine kia and was asked to bring it in even though i explained the problem & difficulty in driving. Drove over to have a sales rep look at it and say they didn't know what to suggest and t...hat there were no service staff on anyway. Gave me a card and suggested to ring back the following day. I cant believe that the idiots would ask you to drive a car in that condition over knowing very well there is no one there to assist and endanger people in the process. I hope the experience gets better. The car over all so far has been fine Fuel economy not that great as quoted, negative after sales n after service so far
KIA Rio Sport - annoying traits
I bought the Kia Rio Sport about a year ago. I've had no problems with it mechanically however it has a couple of annoying traits. The keyless entry is a large single button. Press to unlock, press to lock. Problem is sometimes when you walk away you wonder if it's locked but to check means going back and trying a door. If the button gets knocked in your pocket by shopping then you have to go check.
The other thing is that i bought a manual so i could clutch start if necessary. Problem is that to start it the clutch needs to be in. So if you d...
Well I have had this car for about 18months now, and in my last review I said about how good it was so I thought I would do an update.
This car uses alot of fuel. I mean alot, it uses close to 7L per 100km on fuel. I get 500km on a tank which is not alot. There are other cars out there with the same size engine that uses less fuel then this dose.
The aircon, dont bother trying to use it. Takes ages to cool the car down and never gets to the temp u want it. Better off having the windows down.
Car hates to be run when its cold, also crunches...
Wouldnt buy one again
Bought our 2009 Kia Rio LX and within the first week it wouldnt start. No reason given. NRMA became a quick friend. Within a year, the indicators just stopped working for no reason. Once again, NRMA to the rescue. Brakes have been machined twice and still squeal like hell but they said they are fine. 1 year old and crappy brakes? Within a year and a half, both the shocks and the fuel pump gave out. Thankfully covered under warranty but come on...its less thank 2 years old and we arent driving it to death! Now just over 2 years old and the gear ...box light died. More money out the window. They still cant explain why our car squeaks the way it does...Their answer "We dont hear anything". Would but a second-hand car in a minute so we arent locked into a warranty again by Kia. The services are insanely expensive. Small. Roomy Mystery Issues. Bad Service. Expensive Parts.
I bought my Rio new in 2000 and it is still going strong at 120,000 kms. Overall it is a good little car although you do get what you pay for in terms of the finish detail. I have had a problem with the lock on the drivers side door sticking, athough this just went away after a while. The steering wheel has large wear patches on it, but for the life of me I cant work out why. There is a hole in the drivers side seat where the internal parts just wore a hole in the fabric from me getting in and out (no I am not excessively large). On the plus si...de, the fuel economy is good in my manual, and you should see the amount of stuff I have been able to carry in the 5 door hatch. I think my record is 8 bags of concrete and 4 x 2.4m, and 1 x 3m timber sleepers from my local Bunnings, although I would not want to go too far weighed down like that. All in all, a car that gives you fair value for your money. My wife wants to trade it in on a Kia carnival, but I just dont want to part with it (especially after reading the reviews on the Canival on this website). Great little car, good fuel economy, price, looks good, nimble, lots of room in 5 door hatch. You get what you pay for. Goes through tires like Homer goes through donuts. Cheap car = cheap finish. It gets squashy when you have 5 people on board
Generally good but has faults
The clutch peddle box needs to be strengthened as it breaks and the cable pulls through. repair is costly.
the engine is smooth, quiet, economical to run.
they don't look too bad with a set of mags
Clutch pedal and cable, kia support
With its low price and its 5 years warranty its a good deal. However this car is just a box on wheels. Noisy weak engine, uncofortable and dull seats, very sudden braking, dull and unresponsive handling (list goes on and on...). Nothing compared to the comfort and responsiveness of an aussie car, or better yet a European car. However as I said, an aussie or european car cost twice as much, and they only come with 3 years warranty, which might be a sign of unreliablity to come...
Cheap, reliable and fuel efficient Good car for a granny or for a mum to take the kids to school
Just an everyday car, and nothing more
All up, I'm pretty happy with the car so far. The breakdown does make me suspicious though. I know that you get what you pay for and this car was cheap, but i don't expect them to skimp on parts. I really enjoy driving it though, it's a zippy little car great for city driving, but you could fit your whole family in there as well, and it's got a good size boot. Fingers crossed, i'll have no more problems.
Looks great, pretty good on fuel. it's very roomy for and the seats are comfortable. Easy to drive and park.
I hate the placing of reverse gea...
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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