The domestic Korean market versions did not include the 1.6-liter version, as the South Korean taxation system heavily penalizes cars of more than 1,500 cc. The process works a treat with the Rio ahead of most rivals in this area even with a fairly rudimentary strut front/torsion beam rear suspension. Under the Hood The 2009 Kia Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which drives either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
What helped the Sportage get noticed and gather sales momentum? Favorite Features Six Standard Airbags If Kia can put side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags into every Rio, one wonders why all automakers have not followed. The Rio in Europe also receives a 3-door model. It is mechanically identical to the 5 door, though its longer doors give it a more sporting appearance that appeals to younger audiences. You’ll spot the characteristic Kia ‘grille’ between the headlights, even though it’s not a grille at all but a blank gloss-black shape. The Kia Rio ranked 5th in the «20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure» list by .
Their UK operation is pitching it against the Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Skoda Fabia. It comes only as a five-door. Well, Kia’s compact is just a teeny bit larger this time around. Three-door supermini sales are falling away, so Kia didn’t reckon one of those was worth the bother. Kia claims that this, along with revised spring and damper tuning, simultaneously improves both ride quality and handling. Retrieved 2016-09-04. ^ Meiners, Jens (2017-02-13). «2018 Kia Rio Hatchback Euro-Spec». Car & Driver. Automatic Transmission Unlike some small cars with automatics, the Rio goes through the gears promptly and easily, with no awkwardness or lurching.