2015 Kia Rio | new car review

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 by
2015 Kia Rio
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AEDAED 45,900 - 56,900
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 65%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%

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 2015 Rio?


* Exterior styling is heaps better than its competitors.
* Innovative dashboard design is a neat touch of creativity to the cabin.


* Boot space slightly smaller than the competition.


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 2015 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.

2015 Kia Rio front


The 2015 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.

2015 Kia Rio interior


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.

2015 Kia Rio rear

What’s on offer?

The 2015 Kia Rio is available with just one engine under the hood – a 1.4 litre 4-cylinder engine which pumps out 107 horsepower at 6,300 RPM and 135 Nm of torque at 4,200 RPM, through a 4 speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. It may not sound all that powerful, but it sure is enough to tug the Rio around.

2015 Kia Rio 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. Are we satisfied with its offering of just one airbag in the basic and mid-spec variant though? Certainly not.

2015 Kia Rio side


Specifications2015 Kia Rio
Engine/ Cylinders1.4 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
107 hp @ 6,300 RPM
Max Torque
135 Nm @ 4,200 RPM
Tranmission4 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h12.5 secs
Top speed183 km/h
PriceAED 45,900 - 56,900

3 Responses to 2015 Kia Rio | new car review

  1. Zaran Tarapore

    Zaran Tarapore Reply

    June 25, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Morning Mahesh,

    Hope you’re well and are having a great day.

    While the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent fall into the same segment of the market, the Elantra sits in a class above. The Hyundai Accent isn’t a bad offering at all, but it is a little dated in comparison to the Rio. Either way, both only come with a 4 speed automatic transmission, hindering their performance.

    The Hyundai Elantra on the other hand is a tad more expensive at around AED 51,000 but brings a fair bit more power and a 6 speed transmission with it.

    On the whole, Hyundai tends to have a better resale value than KIA, and with the Elantra being the best pick of the 3, that’s the one I’d recommend if you’re looking for performance and resale value at the same time.

    Hope this helps, all the very best and let us know what you finally put your money down for.

    Best regards,


    • Anil Reply

      September 25, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      I would like to purchase KIA Rio sedan type. Could you please share your expertise data

  2. mahesh Reply

    June 24, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Sir, How does KIA RIO compare with a Hundai Accent and Elantra in terms of performance and a good resale value .

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