In a market rife with competition from some notable models, the 2014 Kia Rio 5-Door is determined to make its mark.
Over the years, the Rio has done just that, keeping pace with its rivals with a package that can best be described as pleasant. But with the new generation Rio only a year old, Kia is becoming more aggressive in its desire to be a player in the compact hatch market.
That’s where the 2014 Rio comes into the picture. Mixing attractive aesthetics with a comfortable interior and an impressive powertrain, the 2014 Rio is bent on making waves. To its credit, it’s got all the tools to do sol; the only caveat is whether it can topple some of the more established models already in the fold.
Legitimate questions that the 2014 Rio has answers for. And if you’re still not sold on the model, maybe its high time you introduce yourself to Kia’s little hatch-that-can. Besides, it’s ready to show you what it’s got — and then some.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Rio 5-Door.
The 2014 Kia Rio 5-Door doesn’t have a whole lot in the way of any major exterior upgrades. That was done in the 2013 model and Kia opted to keep things relatively the same. That being said, the "Tiger Nose" grille still looks distinctive as heck while the sloped shoulder lines and tighter edges gives the Rio that sculpted look that’s reminiscent of some of Kia’s bigger models, namely the Optima and Sportage.
On that end, you can understand why Kia is taking this approach with the 2014 Rio. It already boasts one of the most distinctive grilles in the industry, and putting it on the Rio only adds to the car’s character and overall appeal.
2014 Kia Rio 5-Door - Exterior Dimensions
|Track (front/rear)||59.8 in./60.0 in.|
|Ground clearance||5.5 in.|
2014 Kia Rio 5-Door LX - Standard Exterior Features
- 15" tires with steel wheels with covers
- Body-colour exterior door handles
- Black mesh radiator grille
- Dual body-color heated power mirrors
- Multi-reflector headlamps
- Front variable intermittent windshield wipers
- Rear window wiper and washer
- Locking fuel-filler door
- Heated rear glass with timer
2014 Kia Rio 5-Door EX Adds:
- Black mesh radiator grille with chrome surround
2014 Kia Rio 5-Door SX Adds:
- 17" tires with alloy wheels
- Outside mirrors with turn-signal indicators
- Power folding outside mirrors
- Projection headlights
- Projection fog lights
- Dual exhaust tips
Don’t mistake the interior of the Kia Rio as one with cavernous space. It doesn’t, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing given that most cars in its segment are space challenged. Having said that, the aesthetics of the Rio’s cabin speaks to the objective Kia had in dressing up the Rio: make it simple yet functional and stylish without being too excessive.
The designers accomplished as much, particularly in how they managed to incorporate the "3-tunnel" instrument panel into the Rio’s wraparound dash design. Seamless look, right?
Other than the aesthetics, the Rio also has a plethora of notable features and options, none more important than the a 7-inch navigation system with a rearview camera, the UVO voice-activated infotainment system, and, of course, those plush leather seating surfaces.
2014 Kia Rio 5-Door - Interior Dimensions
|Legroom (front/rear)||43.8 in./31.1 in.|
|Headroom (front/rear)||40.0 in./37.6 in.|
|Shoulder room (front/rear)||53.1 in./52.1 in.|
|Hip room (front/rear)||52.1 in./51.2 in.|
|Passenger volume||88.4 cu. ft.|
|Cargo volume (rear seat up)||15.0 cu. ft.|
2014 Kia Rio 5-Door LX - Standard Interior Features
- AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system
- Four speakers
- USB/auxiliary input jacks
- Steering wheel-mounted audio buttons
- Air conditioning
- Dual front cup holders
- Tilt steering column
- Trip computer
- Luggage area cover
- Front and rear lower-door-trim bottle holder
2014 Kia Rio 5-Door EX Adds:
- Four speakers with A-pillar-mounted tweeters
- Bluetooth® wireless technology
- Steering wheel-mounted audio/Bluetooth® wireless technology/cruise-control buttons
- Cruise control
- Power windows with driver’s one-touch auto up and down
- Power door locks with two-turn entry system
- Remote keyless entry
- Tilt and telescopic steering column
- Center console with sliding armrest and storage
2014 Kia Rio 5-Door SX Adds:
- UVO in-vehicle infotainment system
- Rear-camera display
- Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (A/T)
- Supervision meter cluster
- Auto-on/off headlights
- Dual map lights
- Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
The Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter. in-line-four engine that produces 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 123 pound-feet of torque at 4,850 rpm. It’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission with an option of upgrading it to an electronically-controlled six-speed automatic with overdrive.
No performance numbers were announced but given the power it has, we think the Rio is capable of hitting 60 mph in the nine-second range to go with a top speed of around 130 mph.
|Type||1.6L, inline 4-cylinder, aluminum block and head|
|Valve gear||DOHC, four valves/cylinder, Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT)|
|Horsepower (SAE net)||138 hp @ 6,300 rpm|
|Torque (SAE net)||123 lb.-ft. @ 4,850 rpm|
|Fuel System||Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)|
|Transmission||6-speed manual / Electronically controlled 6-speed automatic, overdrive (optional)|
It’s cheap, that much we can tell you. The base price for the Rio 5-Door is $14,000, which pretty much speaks for itself. But even if you do decide to hit all the marks with the top-of-the-line Rio SX, you’re still going to pay just $18,090. Not bad, right?
|Rio 5-door LX||1.6L GDI I4 - 6 M/T||$14,000.00|
|Rio 5-door LX||1.6L GDI I4 - 6 A/T||$15,090.00|
|Rio 5-door EX||1.6L GDI I4 - 6 A/T||$17,000.00|
|Rio 5-door SX||1.6L GDI I4 - 6 A/T||$18,090.00|
The 2015 Honda Fit is arguably one of the most biggest competitors of the Rio 5-Door. With the Fit coming from a line of fun and funky five-doors from Honda, this five-door hatch has the credentials to be a stiff adversary for the Kia.
The latest Fit, in particular, comes with increased power and fuel economy, allowing for a more engaging and dynamic drive. That, combined the staple Honda look and driving practicality of the Fit, makes it a worthy adversary for the Rio.
Under its hood, the Fit comes powered by a 1.5-liter, in-line-four engine that produces 130 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 114 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. Taken together, the Fit is capable of hitting 60 mph in over eight seconds to go with a top speed of about 120 mph.
Gallery Honda Fit
Ford’s compact hatch has been making huge waves since the refreshed model debuted. Available in both sedan and hatch body styles, the Fiesta is not as practical as the Rio, but it does have the versatility of having more trim options to choose from.
As far as the standard Fiesta goes, the little Blue Oval is powered by a 1.6-liter, in-line-four engine that produces 120 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and 112 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. While not as powerful as the Rio, the Fiesta does hold its own in performance figures, hitting 60 mph in 9.3 seconds to go with a top speed of 105 mph.
Gallery Ford Fiesta
For all the things the Rio does and doesn’t have, we’re left with the impression that it has more pluses on its side than minuses. It looks good and it’s got a well-designed interior. Add that to the impressive engine output and a reasonable price tag and you have a compact, five-door hatchback that’s well worth your time and money.
- Well groomed fascia
- Simple and functional interior
- Solid performance numbers
- Just one engine
- Stiff competition
- Not the most fuel efficient
Gallery Kia Rio 5-Door
Kia Motors America’s 2014 Rio and Rio 5-door hatchback continue to offer spirited road manners, tremendous value and new features for the award-winning sub-compacts. Both body configurations offer an abundance of standard amenities, safety features and outstanding interior space. A combination of world-class styling and advanced technologies make the Rio line-up an exceptional value.
Enhancements to the 2014 Rio line include body, engine and rear bumper under covers, providing improved aerodynamics. Revised smart key styling offers a remote folding key design for convenience. The interior of the car features a new water temperature gauge and an enhanced leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Matching Rio’s compact size is its minimal impact on the environment. The Rio is 85 percent recyclable at the end of its lifespan, and the Rio features seat foam material that uses 100-percent biodegradable and non-toxic castor oil, which benefits the environment in several ways, including reduced use of petroleum-based products. And because castor oil comes from plants, this material is generated from a completely sustainable source.
Available in three trims – LX, EX and SX – the 2014 Rio is offered with a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine with the option of either a six-speed manual transmission (LX only) or efficient six-speed automatic. The 2014 Rio produces 138 horsepower with a fuel economy rating of 27/37 mpg (city/highway)1 for the sedan and hatchback. Meanwhile, Rios equipped with the available ECO Package provide enhanced fuel efficiency of 28/37 mpg (city/highway)1.
A sport-tuned suspension, front ventilated disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels and paddle shifters, give the 2014 Rio SX a sporty feel. Meanwhile, Rio EX and SX models offer a chrome front grille surround, power windows with driver’s one-touch auto-up/down, power door locks with two-turn entry system, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, remote keyless entry, and a tilt and telescopic steering column.
Impressive technology features also come standard on all trims, including an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio unit with SiriusXM Satellite Radio capabilities2, and auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting MP3 players with full iPod®3 and MP3 controllability via the audio head unit and steering wheel-mounted controls.
Available packaging upgrades for the Rio LX include the Power Package (automatic transmission only), which adds power windows with automatic up/down functionality on the driver’s window, and remote keyless entry. For the EX trim, the available Convenience Package includes 15-inch alloy wheels, the UVO powered by Microsoft®4 voice-activated infotainment system, Rear Camera Display, automatic headlamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators, front fog lights, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, and dual map lights. An available ECO Package can be added to the EX trim when the Convenience Package has been selected, which add ISG technology for enhanced fuel efficiency. The luxurious Premium Package available on the SX trim offers a navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic, push-button start with Smart Key, leather seat trim, heated front seats and a power tilt/slide sunroof, giving it an open, airy feel.