The 2020 Kia Rio is combines flush characteristics with an affordable allurement amount and is accessible as either a auto or a hatchback. The pint-sized Kia’s fuel-efficient agent is accompanied by accordant active manners, but the Rio is by no agency accelerated or agreeable to drive. Its handsome autogenous is appropriately able except for those ashore in the baby aback bench for continued periods of time. While every archetypal has a convenient infotainment arrangement with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, alike the fanciest versions abridgement accepted driver-assistance technology. Still, the 2020 Rio raises the bar for affection in its class—it aloof doesn’t beat added ample and feature-laden classmates.
For 2020, Kia gives the Rio added accepted actualization and a new agent and transmission. Every archetypal now has a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Likewise, the old 130-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder is replaced by an all-new 120-hp 1.6-liter four that is beneath able but abundant added ammunition efficient. It pairs with a continuously capricious automatic manual (CVT) instead of the approachable six-speed automatic. The EPA estimates the new powertrain will acquire 33 mpg burghal and 41 mpg highway, which are up by 5 and 4 mpg, respectively.
We anticipate the several hundred dollars that abstracted the abject Rio LX from the S archetypal are account the upcharge. The closing adds a centermost armrest, cruise control, rear USB outlet, split-folding rear bench with adjustable headrests, and keyless entry. The S additionally has adorable options such as forward-collision admonishing with automatic emergency braking, SiriusXM accessory radio, LED headlights, and more. Since the auto adds added burden amplitude and hardly bigger commuter volume, we’d acclaim acrimonious the five-door Rio.
The 2020 Rio is alone motivated by a four-cylinder agent that mates to a continuously capricious automatic manual (CVT). We haven’t apprenticed a Rio with the new agent and transmission, but it should be added than able for affective the auto bottomward the road. However, don’t apprehend the beneath able bureaucracy to accomplish it any quicker. A accurately sorted abeyance gives the Rio a affable address on the road, alms a acceptable mix of abundance and activity forth with a abundant feel. The auto adaptation we activated blood-soaked up bumps impressively able-bodied for such a baby car acknowledgment to its solid anatomy and well-tuned suspension. It additionally does a acceptable job of authoritative anatomy cycle in corners, alike if it doesn’t feel as candidly adventurous as the Honda Fit. The aloof council doesn’t acquaint as abundant as we’d prefer, but it is accurately abounding and precise.
Although the 2020 Rio has beneath ability than its predecessor, Kia says it’s alike added ammunition able than before. We haven’t activated the new powertrain on our 200-mile real-world fuel-economy route, but the EPA estimates it will acquire 33 mpg in the burghal and 41 mpg on the highway.
Simplicity is the name of the bold central the Rio, and that’s not a slight. In fact, it presents a clean, easy-to-use dashboard with altitude and audio controls. There is affluence of adamantine plastic, but it’s accurately textured, and the all-embracing autogenous actualization is complete and adult for a subcompact. Amplitude in the Kia’s advanced seats is added than adequate, but rear-seat cartage won’t be about as blessed due to belted legroom. The Rio auto provides added amplitude than the sedan’s trunk, but neither Kia is a acceptable best if you plan on carriage lots of cargo. We were aghast to acquisition that the bankrupt seats don’t accomplish for a collapsed amount attic in the hatch. Its centermost animate is competitively sized, as are its aperture pockets.
The accepted 7.0-inch touchscreen includes SiriusXM accessory radio, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity as able-bodied as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
The Rio auto was called a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Artery Safety (IIHS), but neither anatomy appearance has been crash-tested by the National Artery Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While it doesn’t accept as abundant driver-assistance technology as some rivals, the Rio is accessible with forward-collision admonishing and automatic emergency braking. However, abject models are not accessible with these features.
Kia has a absolute acceptability for absorbing assurance coverage, and the Rio about matches its accumulated cousin–the Hyundai Accent–at the top of the segment.