Just as in the years before Kia is imposing itself in the competitive market by constantly adding new amenities to gain new fans. Not many changes have been made to the 2015 Kia Rio and its exterior from the 2014 model but it is highly expected of its 2016 successor. The first things to notice are sloped shoulder lines and tighter edges that make it look modern and impressive.
All trims are equipped with four-cylinder engine of 1.6 liter that is mated to a six-speed manual transmission with an optional electronically-controlled six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. This engine produces 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 123 pound-feet of torque at 4,859 rpm. The fuel economy is 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway drive for the sedan and hatchback. It is also available ECO Package with improved fuel efficiency of 28/37 mpg (city/highway).
It is believed that Rio can hit 60 mph in the nine-second range achieving a top speed of around 130 mph. This is a quite respectable result since the main feature that this vehicle chases is its affordability and lower price so it would attract additional number of buyers. Improved with optimized engine and rear bumper under cover it provides better aerodynamics providing higher efficiency as a result.
Review Of 2015 Kia Rio
The interior follows the idea of making it simple but functional without exceeding it too much. This is achieved by setting the 3-tunnel instrument panel into the Rio`s wraparound dashboard. Rio LX has features like windows with automatic up/down functionality and remote keyless entry. The EX trim includes 15-inch alloy wheels, the UVO, rear camera display, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors and dual map lights.
What is standard for all trims is AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio unit with Satellite radio, USB audio input and steering wheel-mounted controls. On the SX trim it is offered a navigation system, leather seat trim, heated front seats and power tilt/slide sunroof. With more optional features added to this vehicle price will only go up.
Some of the biggest competitors of Rio Kia is 2015 Honda Fit. With its increased power and fuel economy it stands for Rio’s adversary worthy of attention. The Fit comes with 1.5 liter in-line-four engine which produces 130 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 114 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. Compared to Kia it will need slightly over nine seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph.
2015 Kia Rio Price
To conclude, we can say that Rio has more advantages than disadvantages, even being too small it can satisfy the pickiest shopper. This five-door hatchback is well worth of your attention not only because of its modern look but also because of its affordable price. The prices are expected to range from $15,000 for Rio 5-door XL and will go up to $19,000 depending on the trim level and features that the vehicle is providing.