Kia Rio 2019 Interior New Review

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What’s new

Top-level EX trim has been discontinued
Revised feature availability for remaining LX and S trims
Part of the fourth Rio generation introduced for 2018

With the EX trim gone, we recommend the now top-of-the-line S. For a small price increase over the base LX, you get desirable features such as a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, keyless entry and cruise control. The S also makes available the optional Technology package, which comes with LED headlights, forward collision warning and assist, and Kia’s Uvo telematics system.

Kia Rio 2019 Interior Exterior and Interior


As the price of new vehicles continues to climb, the subcompact market remains a bastion of affordability. It’s also, at times, a bastion of mediocrity. But you only need to look at the 2019 Kia Rio to find a reasonably priced car that’s also enjoyable to drive.

Redesigned just last year, the Rio differentiates itself from its competition with mature styling and a sophisticated and compliant ride. Even with the standard automatic transmission and relatively small 1.6-liter engine, the Rio doesn’t come across as underpowered or buzzy at highway speeds. Inside, the Rio continues to impress. It’s free of gimmicky styling and clutter, and it has easy-to-use controls and a solid feel to the cabin. READ: Kia Picanto 2020 New Concept

The Rio does lack a bit when it comes to space. There’s not a whole lot of rear-seat space, and trunk space for the sedan version is smaller than average. But if either of those shortcomings isn’t terribly important, the 2019 Kia Rio will impress you with its excellent warranty, generous feature content and fairly low price, even when it’s fully equipped.

Kia Rio 2019 Interior Overview

2019 Kia Rio configurations

The 2019 Kia Rio is a subcompact car available either as a sedan or a hatchback (Kia calls it the 5-Door). The sedan has a choice of two trim levels, LX and S, while the hatchback is only sold in S trim. The once top-of-the-line EX has been discontinued for 2019.

The LX comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (130 horsepower, 119 pound-feet of torque) and a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. Also standard are 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, power and heated exterior mirrors, air conditioning, full power accessories, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

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The S adds remote keyless entry with a trunk opener, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a six-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, an additional USB port, cruise control, a center console with a sliding armrest, and a 60/40-split folding rear seats with adjustable headrests.

The Technology package is available once the S trim has been selected and offers LED headlights, forward collision warning and emergency braking, Kia’s Uvo eServices communications, and an upgraded driver information display.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Kia Rio EX (1.6L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2018, Kia has discontinued the EX trim. In terms of features, it was equivalent to this year’s S trim with the Technology package.


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