Our 2012 KIA Rio5 is our second car. For around town use it is terrific - we get an overall 35 mpg. The five door is very usefu and the comfort is just fine. The styling is fine and the car really is fun to drive. We have a family car that is for trips but the Rio 5 is for everyday use. We could not find another vehicle for less money with a better warantry. The build quality is nice and the red paint is beautiful - the cloth interior is nice - this is just the perfect second car for us.
Having owned mostly German Cars in the past, trading in my 2000 ML for the 2012 Rio SX was initally met with trepidation. I was tired of spending over $500 per month on gas just for communting so I thought I would buy a car with the best fuel economy in its class. I am happy to report that the 2012 Rio SX has far exceeded my expectations. Not only, did this hatchback come with good looks, but the list of standard features should give Mercedes-Benz some cause for concern and to check out what Kia is doing these days. I can honestly say that there is NOTHING that I miss from my ML, except constantly being at the pump, and there is in fact more features here than my Wife's 2005 E500!
Excellent good-looking car that is value for money
written on 02-10-2012
For a customer profile like mine (already own a minivan, looking for commuter car) this is a great option to have. The car itself would probably satisfy a lot of other profiles, but it is smack in the middle of my demo. Cargo space is not that great, but that is not why I bought this car. I bought this with the convenience package which included UVO (a cool addition) and the rearview camera. No need for nav if you already have a smartphone. Car handles beautifully and very little of the harsh rides associated with sub-compacts. Really like the looks and the interior. A lot of reviews have commented on how the interior does not look as cheap as other cars in the class.
I drive a total of 60 miles a day to work and back home. I travel both on highway and city. I use the ECO feature when dealing with traffic and have on the average (depending on where I buy my gas) get 34mpg. I have noticed with lower grade stations, the perfomance is less. The pickup while using ECO is a bit regulated but with a quick click, you can turn it off and get the punch you need to pull quickly ahead. I replaced this car with a 2007 PT Cruiser which had horrible gas milage. I find the instrument panel great with the RIO SX model and love the rear screen view due to the limited viewing of the rear window. I would definitely recommend the Rio to other buyers. It is fun to drive!
I purchased my '12 Rio 5 LX one year ago last month...almost 27,000 miles...and I could not be happier. A month after I bought it (at 2,000 miles), I drove from the Hill Country to Joshua Tree NP in southrn California, about 2,400 miles round trip. At 80mph, I averaged 35mph. Not what the sticker said for highway mileage, but they didn't test at those speeds, either. Sine then, I' driven to Caprock Canyons, Angel Peak (NM), and Myrtle Beach, SC (averaged 40mpg at 70mph). I just love driving this thing. If you're not getting decent mileage, you must be doing something wrong. Seriously wrong.
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
138 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
123 @ 4,850
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.40; II = 2.73; III = 1.83: IV = 1.39: V = 1.00; VI = 0.77; Reverse = 3.44; Final drive = 3.27
Exceptionally slow off the starting line. At least there's a bit of sauce near the rpm redline. Engine is rather noisy, and not in a good way. Very slow upshifts. A trace of wheelspin when brake-torquing at starting line. Quickest run came with manual-shift mode, although it still automatically shifts before redline. Console lever pulls back for downshifts in performance style although doesn't blip throttle for quick downshifts.
Lots of body dive under braking and a bit of wiggling back and forth, but pretty stable overall. Lots of ABS commotion. Pedal effort is moderately firm. First stop was shortest at 119 feet but gradually inceased to 123 feet after seventh stop.
Skid pad: The skid pad shows that the Rio's good handling came through suspension tuning, not its tires, as there isn't much grip. The chassis is not overly responsive to throttle corrections, so it is basically a matter of riding out the understeer. Stability control is not overly intrusive, only cutting the throttle a little bit. Slalom: Pretty darn quick, and several mph faster than previous Rio 5. Car is very composed and never gets out of shape. Excellent suspension tuning and car corners with minimal body roll. Steering very responsive as car turns into corner, though effort level is light and insubstantial. Gearing is such that transmission would usually try to shift into 4th at the last gate, which isn't ideal for quick time. Stability control would occasional apply brakes.