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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Kia Rio Hatchback review.

Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The Rio received a very respectable four stars out of five in Euro NCAP crash tests and all cars get ABS (with electronic brakeforce distribution) plus twin airbags as standard, while the LX (later Rio 3) has six airbags. Every car has an immobiliser and remote central locking.

The Rio has a 270-litre boot, which is about the same as most small hatchbacks. The tailgate is quite wide so getting larger objects in is possible, but there's quite a high boot lip in the way. However, the rear seats fold (although not totally flat) to give a usefully long load floor. Cabin storage includes a box in the dashboard, cupholders and a tray in front of the gear lever.

There's also a card slot in the dash - useful for pay-as-you-exit car park tickets.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Rio (05-11).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

1 equipment

1 standard equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
1 optional equipment
None available

2 equipment

2 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
2 optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Central locking
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

2 IPD equipment

2 IPD standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
2 IPD optional equipment
None available

3 equipment

3 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
3 optional equipment
  • Steel wheels

Black equipment

Black standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Central locking
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
Black optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels

Chill equipment

Chill standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Central locking
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
Chill optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels

Domino equipment

Domino standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
Domino optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Graphite equipment

Graphite standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
Graphite optional equipment
None available

GS equipment

GS standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Central locking
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
GS optional equipment
None available

Ice equipment

Ice standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Central locking
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
Ice optional equipment
None available

LS equipment

LS standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
LS optional equipment
None available

LS Red equipment

LS Red standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
LS Red optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel

LX equipment

LX standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
LX optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
Sport optional equipment
None available

Strike equipment

Strike standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
Strike optional equipment
None available

Zapp equipment

Zapp standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Central locking
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Steel wheels
Zapp optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating

The Kia Rio (05-11) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 3 stars
  • Pedestrian - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.