2017 Kia Rio Si Review

Kia Rio Si

Price $21,490

As Kia’s top seller, plenty of effort goes into making Rio right.

Now into generation 4, Rio is a cute little customer with European styling and plenty of features to keep you entertained, connected and informed.

Only one engine is available this time around, a 1.4-litre, four cylinder petrol with 74kW/133 output and only the base model S gets a six speed manual. The others have a 4-speed auto despite the availability of a an excellent six-speed auto.

It doesn’t really make that much difference to the way Rio goes but would dent fuel efficiency compared to a six-speeder. I saw a consistent 7.0-litres/100km.

Like other Kias sold here, Rio has a ride/handling calibration specifically for Australian conditions. It gives Rio a satisfying, sporty feel from behind the wheel.

Acceleration is OK off the mark and pretty good once on the move.

A slightly larger car than before, Rio has an appealing look to its flanks somewhat reminiscent to a VW Polo perhaps.

Inside is in a modern, generic style with a large centrally mounted control screen and attractive fascia materials. Many controls are located on the rake/reach adjustable steering wheel.

Five people can fit inside with a decent amount of rear seat room provided.

Some driver assist features are in the Rio Si including auto headlights and wipers, rear park sensors, a reverse camera and emergency brake assist.

Rio gets a five star crash rating and is covered by an unbeatable 7 year warranty with 7 years roadside assist and 7 years capped price servicing.


➔ Good looking exterior with Euro influences

➔ Stylish and functional interior

➔ Impressive dynamics for a small runabout

➔ Quiet and smooth

➔ Five star crash rating

➔ Runs on E10 or 91

➔ large touch screen

➔ Excellent SUNA satnav

➔ Apple Carplay/Android Auto

➔ Plenty of rear seat legroom for its size

➔ Bright LED headlights

➔ Made in Korea, not Thailand


➔ 4-speed auto only on Si (and SLi)

➔ Could do with a bit more zip off the mark

➔ Not as economical as some competitors  

➔ Fairly weighty at 1162kg


ENGINE: 1.4-litre petrol four cylinder with 74kW/133Nm output

TRANSMISSION: 4-Speed auto (6-speed manual on base model)

THIRST: 6.2-litres/100km claimed


0-100KMH: 11.0 seconds

ALTERNATIVES: Toyota Yaris ZR $22,470, Suzuki Swift GLX (Nav) $20,990, Mazda 2 GT $21,680.Honda, Jazz VTi-L $22,490, Holden Barina LT  $20,390. 


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