2018 Kia Rio and Rio5
As the Highest Ranked Brand in Initial Quality by J.D. Power for the last two years, Kia Motors has been dominating the auto industry. Kia has a pretty diverse model lineup, and a popular choice among consumers is the Kia Rio and Kia Rio5. Both models were redesigned for the 2018 model year. Available as a sedan (Kia Rio) or a hatchback (Kia Rio5), both Rio models are affordable, efficient, and modern. In addition to their great features, both Kia Rio models were ranked the Most Dependable Small Car in the 2018 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. Here’s a closer look at the standard and available features on the 2018 Kia Rio and 2018 Kia Rio5.
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The 2018 Kia Rio and 2018 Kia Rio5 are both available in three trims - the LX, S, and EX. The 2018 Kia Rio5 also has three - the LX, S, and EX. One engine powers all three trims on each model - a 130-horsepower 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine with dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and gasoline direct injection (GDI). DOHC, CVVT, and GDI are engine technologies that help optimize engine performance by: (1) reducing the stress of the engine’s cylinders, (2) altering the valve lift events during the intake and exhaust of air/fuel and fumes, and (3) injects fuel directly into the combustion chamber for quicker delivery.
Driving and Handling
The Kia Rio LX and Rio5 LX come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, but buyers have the option to upgrade to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic, the standard transmission on the other Kia Rio and Rio5 trims. Kia’s Sportmatic automatic transmission comes with a gate next to “Drive” in the gear lineup that allows the driver to switch manually between gears if the driver wishes, denoted by a “plus” (+) and “minus” (-) sign for up a gear and down a gear, respectively. When the Kia Rio and Kia Rio5 are equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, they average 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, and when the Kia Rio and Kia Rio5 are equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission the vehicle’s fuel economy is 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
Aside from the aesthetic differences between the sedan body of the Kia Rio and the hatchback body with a rear spoiler on the Kia Rio5, there aren’t many differences between the two models. Standard features for both models consist of solar control glass, halogen headlights with automatic on/off control, and a heated rear glass with timer for clearing condensation and increasing rear view visibility. For each lineup, the S and EX trims come with heated exterior mirrors; the LX and S trims come with a black mesh front grille whereas the EX comes with an EX exclusive design for the front grille with a gloss black and chrome finish. The LX and S trims also come with the option of the exclusive Aurora Black Pearl Premium paint job. Both models ride on 15-inch wheels for each trim.
The interior of the 2018 Kia Rio and Rio5 follow the same patterns as the exterior features. Standard across the lineup is a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, steering wheel-mounted audio buttons, and a day/night rearview mirror. A 60/40 split-folding seat is standard on the Kia Rio5 but not the Kia Rio (only on the S and EX trims). The standard upholstery is cloth for either trim on both models is cloth, but the Rio EX and Rio5 EX are available with leather upholstery and come standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift. The 2018 Kia Rio has a cargo volume of 13.7 cubic-feet with the rear seats upright, and the 2018 Kia Rio5 has a cargo volume totaling 17.4 cubic-feet with the rear seats upright and 32.8 cubic-feet with the rear seats folded.
Technology and entertainment have been kept pretty simple for the 2018 Kia Rio and 2018 Kia Rio5. The Rio and Rio5 LX and S trims come with a 5-inch touchscreen with AM/FM/MP3 and SiriusXM and a 4-speaker system (Rio LX and Rio5 LX). The Rio EX and Rio5 EX trims come with a 7-inch touchscreen with UVO eServices, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, voice recognition, and Bluetooth wireless technology. The Rio S, Rio5 S, Rio EX and Rio5 EX trims come with a rear-camera display, and six speakers with front tweeters.
Safety Features and Warranty
Kia is a unique brand when it comes to safety features, and that’s because Kia doesn’t limit certain safety features to certain trims. All of the following safety features are standard in both 2018 Kia Rio models: dual-stage advanced front airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, an anti-lock braking system, stability and traction control management systems, a LATCH child seat anchor system, front and rear crumple zones, and rear child-safety door locks. Automatic and advanced safety features like autonomous emergency braking and a forward collision warning system can only be found on the EX trims for each model.
All Kia models are backed by an industry leading warranty. This consists of a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.