The Kia Rio 2018 is lowest-priced sub compact vehicle from South Korean manufacturer. For 2018-year model it offers better interior comfort with more space, sporty design and better ride.
This model comes in two body version: hatchback with five doors and sedan. Both of them will be also available for US market while for European market there could be available three-door hatchback version. You will be glad to know that the hatchback should be the better-looking.
Kia Rio 2018 review
On US market Rio is available as sedan and hatchback
The new Kia Rio 2018 exterior has an aggressive body side line. It comes in two body styles: sedan and hatchback. Future buyers from US are deprecated for three-door hatchback while there is a question if it will be available on other markets. The good news is that the exterior retains most of previous models appearance. On the front fascia we can notice Kia’s recognizable “tiger-nose” grille surrounded with redesigned headlights that give the new Rio aggressive appearance.
|2018 KIA RIO DIMENSIONS|
|Length||172.6 in. (4,385 mm)||160.0 in. (4,065 mm)|
|Width||67.9 in. (1,725 mm)||67.9 in. (1,725 mm)|
|Height||57.1 in. (1,450 mm)||57.1 in. (1,450 mm)|
|Wheelbase||101.6 in. (2,580 mm)||101.6 in. (2,580 mm)|
|Ground clearance||5.5 in. (140 mm)||5.5 in. (140 mm)|
|Trim levels||LX, S, EX|
|Colors||Aurora Black, Bright Silver, Chestnut, Clear White, Midnight Sapphire, Platinum Graphite, Signal Red and Urban Blue|
It is available in three trim levels: base LX, S and EX. Both models received 0.6 inches on their length, while they are also wider and lower than before. Rear side of the car is now wider and more upright with shorter overhang. When it comes to exterior colors there are eight of them: Aurora Black, Bright Silver, Chestnut, Clear White, Midnight Sapphire, Platinum Graphite, Signal Red and Urban Blue.
The 2018 Rio interior comes with heavy use of plastic which is typical of Kia and Hyundai. The makers should think about that it is high time. Though it is a small car, thanks to large wheelbase, there is ample room inside of the vehicle for all passengers. The cargo of the car is large too. Some of the features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. There are also audio system with 6 speakers and 5-inch display (7-inch with EX), satellite radio and rearview camera but it is available only with S and EX trims.
Main goal of engineers that worked on the safety features of the new Kia Rio 2018 is to gain Top Safety Pick from IIHS and 5 stars from the NHTSA. For that reason, there are plenty of standard safety features. Beside six airbags and side-impact door beams for passive safety, there are couple active safety features. That includes Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Stability Control, Hill-start Assist Control and Vehicle Stability Management.
2018 Kia Rio specs
The 2018 Kia Rio engine gives you a feeling that much left to be desired because of subpar performance. Though Kia engines are usually sober, they offer adequate punch for you to ride on long journey on the highway. However, this car really does not give you that feel and punch in the power. New Rio is powered by 1.6-liter 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine with 130 horsepower and119 lb-ft of torque. 6-speed manual transmission is available only with the base LX trim, while 6-speed automatic is optional for LX and standard for other two models.
|2018 KIA RIO SPECIFICATIONS|
|Engine type||1.6-liter 4-cylinder , Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)|
|Horsepower||130 HP @ 6,300 rpm|
|Torque||119 lb-ft @ 4,850 rpm|
|Transmission type||6-speed manual (LX)|
6-speed automatic (LX, S, EX)
|Fuel economy (city / hwy / comb)||TBD|
Kia Rio 2018 release date and price
The Kia Rio 2018 pricing and release date information are not available at the moment. Perhaps you can see the Rio out on the roads by end of this year. Kia is known to take a hard look at the market and then decide on their release. They have done it before and there is no doubt that they will do it again if the need be.