2014 Kia Rio | new car review

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 by
2014 Kia Rio
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 45,900 - 56,900
  • 3/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
  • 1 Review

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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 90%
    User: 75%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
    User: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
    User: 75%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
    User: 50%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
    User: 50%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%
    User: 50%

Review Summary:

Cheaper than the competition, better looking than the competition, and packed with more features than the competition. What's not to like about the 2014 Rio?

Pros

Exterior styling
Innovative dashboard

Cons

Boot space slightly smaller than the competition

Looks

Gone are the days when Rio was only the name of a large city in Brazil. Today, amongst many other things, it is also the name of an animated film and a line of B-segment cars produced by the Korean manufacturer, Kia. Available as a 5 door or a 4 door sedan, the 2014 Kia Rio is a striking little offering by the Koreans. Apart from the obvious body structure distinction, subtle cosmetic differences in the styling of the headlamp cluster, fog lamp housing, upper and lower grille and placement of the LED’s, differentiate the from the sedan.

2014 Kia Rio exterior collage

Feels

The Kia Rio houses a neat and uncluttered dashboard that features GTR-esque A/C control switches and isn’t overwhelmed with more buttons than horsepower. A unique feature found in the Rio is the Crash Pad Album that allows the driver to personalize their Rio with their favourite snapshot located below the A/C vent. As far as practicality is concerned, both the sedan and hatchback do a fine job of transporting 4 people in comfort and also pack in 388 and 288 litres of bootspace respectively.

2014 Kia Rio interior collage

Engineering

The Arkamys Virtual Sound System that offers a rich listening experience with improved clarity of instruments and voices is likely to loved by audio junkies as it can play their fave tunes through  an AUX, USB and iPod port. The trip computer located in the centre of the supervision cluster provides essential journey information such as distance to empty, optimum fuel consumption, outside temperature and a range of other information.

What’s on offer?

The Kia Rio is available with two engine choices. The bigger of the two, Gamma 1.4 litre produces 105 horsepower and 135 Nm of torque while being mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, the smaller Kappa 1.2 litre produces 86 horsepower and 120 Nm of torque while being mated to a 4 speed transmission.

2014 Kia Rio hatchback rear

Summing it…

When put beside competitors such as the Chevrolet Aveo, Ford Fiesta and Honda Jazz, the Kia Rio shines brighter than ever with an edge in terms of exterior design, features and pricing.

3 Responses to 2014 Kia Rio | new car review

  1. HishamAF Reply

    June 20, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    The Rio is very well equipped especially for a car in this segment.Its interior is very good however its all plastic and there isn’t any soft touch materials.It lacks performance and feels like its struggling and the 4 speed automatic gearbox is very sluggish and i believe that a 5 speed gearbox would be much better.

  2. Marwan El-Arnaout Reply

    March 12, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    • Exterior
      75%
    • Interior
      75%
    • Quality
      75%
    • Features
      50%
    • Performance
      50%
    • Value for money
      50%
    • Rated 3 stars

    I have the 2014 Rio 1.4 Full Option
    Pros: Stylish Exterior & Interior. Good Price, Good Company Maintenance.

    Cons: No Fun While Driving, Can’t See the hood, Lack of Power

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      March 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Marwan,

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us and all of our readers.

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying your Rio for the most part.

      Best regards,

      Zaran

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