Kia Rio Reviews 2013

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Motorscore: 74.4/100

(average score, based on 25 reviews by professional car critics)

This car is ranked #146 out of 242 cars listed here. (What Is This?)

MSRP: $13,600 - $17,900
Efficiency (City): 30
Seats: 5
Efficiency (HWY): 40
  • Great fuel economy
  • Excellent value for money
  • Very long warranty
  • Less comfortable than rivals
  • Poor steering feel
  • Engine noise at high speeds

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The Critics' Kia Rio Reviews

View Reviews for years 2012
80 / 100
As far as small, cheap cars go, the Rio is really impressive: Low price, high value, lovely interior, great gas mileage, and remarkable refinement.
Aaron Gold
59 / 100
The 2012 Kia Rio represents itself well in a class that's quickly filling up with great choices.
70 / 100
Kia has matured at a rapid rate in recent years and the Rio continues the trend.
Richard Blackburn
81 / 100
Unlike the 2011 Kia Rio, the 2012 model is attractive, has good performance, great EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings and a lot more interior features.
80 / 100
The all-new Rio was engineered to offer unparalleled blend of world-class design, safety, quality and technology in a fuel and practical package.
Lacey Elliott
82 / 100
The 2012 Kia Rio five-door hit the market late in 2011, and now it’s the sedan’s turn to get some attention. And that attention is well-deserved.
Michel Deslauriers
70 / 100
The modern Kia is moderately attractive to look at, moderately attractive to sit in and moderately attractive to drive.
Steve Cropley
80 / 100
It certainly gets off to a strong start, as it’s undeniably a more attractive car than the model it replaces.
Graham Hope AutoExpress
80 / 100
It offers a big-car feel while reducing running costs, and easily matches rivals such as the Renault Clio and Fiat Punto for quality.
70 / 100
The 2012 Kia Rio is the clearest indication to date that good looking, well built, well engineered and well equipped cars can also be very affordable.
Alborz Fallah Car
70 / 100
It was one of the most surprising cars of 2011 – and a likely award winner if a Most Improved Car of the Year trophy were to exist – and now the Kia Rio has increased its appeal with new variants and a cheaper starting point.
Tim Beissmann Car
94 / 100
The Rio comes with a seven-year warranty and Kia even offer a £259 service package for the first three services. It all adds up, making the Rio one of the cheapest cars to run in the UK.
80 / 100
The light-car market is fast becoming a feast of fashion, with feisty and attractive models on offer from French, Italian and German marques - the little Kia can sit comfortably among the choices and make it even more difficult for them to make a choice.
Stuart Martin CarsGuide
80 / 100
It’s no fluke Kia Rio has scooped lots of awards – this is a world-class compact car.
Brad Leach CarShowroom
80 / 100
Hard to fault the Kia Rio – whichever way you cut it, Kia’s small car is one of the best.
Brad Leach CarShowroom
70 / 100
The fourth-generation Kia Rio is definitely a step up from the previous gens’ styling.
67 / 100
The 2012 Kia Rio is an inexpensive sub-compact that delivers a great value and superb fuel economy backed by an outstanding warranty.
Joseph Santos Kelley Blue Book
60 / 100
Completely redesigned for 2012, the new Rio features a much bolder and more appealing exterior style and a dramatically updated powertrain.
80 / 100
Kia’s latest Rio is no longer the wallflower of old, with a new look and the potential to unsettle European rivals.
Simon McBride Parkers
76 / 100
The yardsticks have moved--but the 2012 Kia Rio has kicked itself into contention in a class filled with very good economy cars.
Marty Padgett
80 / 100
The SLi flagship packs a lot of equipment for its $21,990 asking price, and tackles established European and Japanese machinery for value while equalling them for build quality and driving dynamics.
Tony O'Kane TheMotorReport
70 / 100
Its styling, driving dynamics, build-quality and equipment-list puts this 2012 Kia Rio on par with its Japanese competitors and just a short step away from the class-leading Europeans.
Kez Casey TheMotorReport
60 / 100
This new Rio looks better, drives better and should now be taken more seriously . Might be a sensible choice, but no longer as dull as it was.
Top Gear UK
60 / 100
The Kia Rio is one of the better superminis on the market. Anyone looking for a car of this type should give it a close look.
80 / 100
It’s affordable, comfortable and fuel-efficient, attributes that have made previous versions of Kia’s premier commuter-mobile the darling of urban dwellers in their mid-20s to late-30s.
Danielle Venton Wired