This compact hatchback returns good mileage in a very stylish, sharp wrapper. The Rio5 is good value too, including lots of features without spending lots of money.
As with many Kias, the suspension is a bit firm and choppy, especially when equipped with a sport-tuned suspension. Also, its buzzy 1.6L four-cylinder engine can reverberate through the cabin a bit.
2014 Kia Rio5 Pricing:
The Rio5 starts at $14,295 for the LX model with a six-speed manual. LX+ models get air conditioning, heated front seats, keyless entry, and Bluetooth for $15,895, and adding an automatic transmission brings the price up to $17,195. LX+ ECO models, featuring smaller, lighter wheels and stop-start technology, start at $17,995. The EX trim builds on LX+ Auto models with added 16” alloy wheels, leather trim pieces, UVO infotainment, backup camera, and fog lights for $18,395. SX manual models add 17” wheels, sport suspension, and LED lighting for $19,095, and adding the automatic transmission brings the MSRP up to $20,395. Fully loaded SX w/ Navigation models are $22,595.
2014 Kia Rio5 Economy:
Six-speed manual models are rated at 7.5/5.3L (city/highway) per 100 km by Natural Resources Canada. The automatic-equipped Rio5 returns better highway fuel economy, rated at 7.5/5.2L per 100 km. However, if you buy a Rio5 with the ECO badge, fuel economy is rated at 7.3/5.3L per 100km.
Improvements and Changes:
Except for some slight trim changes and the addition of a centre console armrest, the Rio5 is pretty much the same as last year, only with a slightly higher price tag.
There are suspension differences between lower and upper trims. All are quite firm, with the upper trims being even firmer. Combined with larger wheels, more expensive models are not as pleasant to drive on less than perfect pavement.
2014 Kia Rio5 Powertrain:
A 1.6L four-cylinder engine with 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque motivates the Rio5. Both six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available, depending on trim choice.
The Kia Rio5 comes standard with six airbags (front, front seat-mounted side, and side curtain). Vehicle Stability Management and Electronic Stability Control come standard on all trims as well.
The ultra-competitive sub-compact market is full of five-door hatchbacks including the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic and Spark, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Mazda2, Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa Note and Micra, and Toyota Yaris and Prius C.