Here in the land of lots, where pickups, SUVs, and crossovers generally see the most sales action (Ford’s F-series sold 576, 334 units in the first eight months of 2017 alone), it’s easy to forget that the subcompact-car segment is still essential. From a global perspective, it continues to make sense for automakers to field a competitive small runabout. Take those 2018 Kia Rio. The current model was Kia’s best-selling car globally in 2017 (almost 450, 000 units, per Kia), and the new 2018 Rio was remodeled to keep its international popularity strong. A positive is that we profligate Americans get all the great things about a well-rounded subcompact and never have to make the complete cost of development.
The four-door 2018 Rio de janeiro is offered as a sedan or a compact, and it comes as no wonder that Kia figures 70 percent of buyers in the United States will opt for the sedan, despite the hatchback’s undeniably more attractive proportions. In addition to three regular trim levels–LX, S, and EX–the new 2018 Kia Rio can also be had as a filled Launch Edition that is to be available through the 2018 model year.
Navigation is off the table. Full stop. After years of pushing the tech-for-the-price envelope, Of has concluded that eliminating factory navigation is a highly effective way to keep the price attainable of the Rio’s ostensibly youthful demographic. The rub is that only the top-tier EX LOVER and Launch Edition get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility. The rest of us will be left to our cell devices, although at this point they’re so included with the human condition that we suspect few purchasers in this segment will mind.
2018 Kia Rj Engine Specs
The minimalist theme continues under the Rio’s hood. Precisely the same direct-injected 1. 6-liter inline-four used in the previous Rio de janeiro and the current foundation Soul is the only available engine. (The Europe-market 2018 Rios we went earlier featured three completely different engines. ) Graded at 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque, output drops by almost eight hp and 4 lb-ft, but what’s there occurs at lower rpm (a vague power graph the company produced shows a slight increase of revolt at 1500 rpm in comparison with the engine’s previous tune). Although both six-speed manual and 6 spedd computerized transmissions are available, Of believes only around 5 percent of buyers will need the row-your-own gearbox and limits its availability to the base LX.
Intended for our first exposure to the U. S. -spec 2018 Kia Rio, Kia had only top-drawer EX models on hand. The upside is the overwhelming majority of test vehicles were terme conseillé, which is our preferred version of the Rj for both aesthetic and practical reasons, despite America’s unusual preference for the sedan.
Acceleration provided by the 1. 6-liter four-pot, as you might guess, is leisurely. What power there is comes on in linear fashion–unsurprisingly, for a naturally aspirated engine–and adjustments are tuned for comfort. Even under full accelerator in Sport mode (which alters throttle response and changes shift mapping), the gear swaps are clandestine, with the priority on a smooth handoff. If it weren’t for the engine sound you might think the transmission was a CVT. The foot brake pedal provides measured response and better modulation than it probably must. Hard braking from 75 with in the rain exposed a short and drama-free stop, thanks to early intervention of the anti-lock brakes.
2018 Kia Rio Exterior
Kia claims the new platform reflects a 30 % increase in tensile durability over the previous Rio de janeiro; while we can’t validate that claim, we can say it feels restricted and solid. The postponement, interruption is via struts up front with a décalage beam at the rear–inexpensive small-car design 101. We all managed to bottom out the suspension only once, hammering the “2018 Kia Rio” over the rough, brick-paved streets of Baltimore’s Fells Stage neighborhood, and the only indicator of the misuse was a minor shake from the hatch.
Highway travel was similarly silent, the 15-inch Continental ProContact TX 165/65R-15 all-season wheels rolling over concrete and asphalt without much music drama. While far from sporting, the steering is linear and the Rio doesn’t protest when aimed down a twisty again road; Kia PR never missed an possibility to remind us that the Rj was developed for the European market. Although their limits are low, the complete package is reasonably nicely balanced, and you may have somewhat of fun if you sign up for the drive-a-slow-car-fast school of thought.
2018 Kia Rio Interior
Interior materials comprise of mid-grade plastics typical of the segment, and the three-knob HVAC controls are simple enough. People will find interior space a mixed bag. The ample front seats and airy cabin offer enough space for folks sized just on the little side of NFL linemen, but what Kia giveth in front it taketh in the trunk: The reasonably comfortable rear seat bottoms and seatbacks are essentially pointless given the dearth of legroom. The sedan’s cargo hold offers only 14 cubic feet of space against the hatchback’s 17 cubes, which is increased to 33 with the back seats collapsed. In contrast, the Honda Match has 17 cubes behind the trunk seats and the Fiesta from ford has 15.
2018 Kia Rio Prices
Given the current modest cost of fuel in the U. S., pricing is the critical factor for subcompact cars. The entry-level Rio LX sedan starts at $14, 885 with the manual transmission; add a grand for the automatic. The desirable 2018 Kia Rio hatch carries $300 premium. Kia basically prepared to reveal pricing for the S, EX, and Launch Edition models yet, but we expect the Rio to top out around $20K. At that price, Kia’s own Soul and Forte, two cost-effective models with more interior space, become attractive alternatives. Even with its minimal equipment, the lower-spec Rio attacks us as highly likely to appeal, drawing buyers looking for an inexpensive small car with a long warranty.