2012 Kia Rio First Drive Specs | Edmunds

2012 Kia Rio - Road Test Specs

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback

(1.6L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2012 Kia Rio EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 5-passenger 4dr Hatchback
Estimated MSRP$16,500
Assembly locationSohari, South Korea


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected, gasoline inline-4; optional auto-stop/start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,591/97
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves/cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)138 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)123 @ 4,850
Fuel type87-octane recommended
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.400, II = 2.726, III = 1.834, IV = 1.392, V = 1.000, VI = 0.774, R = 3.440
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.270


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, monotube dampers, integrated stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.5
Tire make and modelKumho Solus KH25
Tire typeAll-season, low-rolling resistance (32 psi cold front; 32 psi cold rear)
Tire sizeP185/65R15 86T (LX, EX), 205/45R17 (SX)
Wheel size15-by-5.5 inches (LX, EX), 17-by-6.5 inches (SX)
Wheel materialSteel (LX, EX), Cast aluminum alloy (optional on EX, standard on SX)
Brakes, front10.1-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper (11-inch disc on SX)
Brakes, rear10.3-inch solid disc with single-piston sliding caliper

Fuel Consumption

Fuel economy, mfr. est. (mpg)30 city/39 highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)11.4

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM/CD stereo
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard auxiliary and USB inputs
Satellite radioAvailable Sirius (3-month subscription)
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard on EX and SX
Navigation systemOptional on SX (not available with UVO telematics), 7-inch screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Microsoft-based UVO telematics (optional on EX, standard on SX); no subscription fee for 2012 model year
Smart entry/StartOptional on SX
Parking aidsOptional back-up camera (included with UVO and navigation options)
Driver coaching displayStandard with automatic transmission

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,483
Length (in.)159.3
Width (in.)67.7
Height (in.)57.3
Wheelbase (in.)101.2
Track, front (in.)59.9
Track, rear (in.)60
Turning circle (ft.)34.1
Legroom, front (in.)43.8
Legroom, rear (in.)31.1
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.1
Seating capacity5
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)Not published
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)15.0


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles

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