2018 Kia Rio Hatchback
- Sporty handling makes it entertaining to drive
- Solid build quality for such a price-conscious car
- Long warranty coverage for peace of mind
- Hatchback model has class-leading cargo space
- Sedan has subpar cargo space
- Base LX and S have a non-telescoping steering wheel
- Standard equipment is a bit bare-bones
2018 Kia Rio Hatchback pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Rio does Edmunds recommend
Edmunds' Expert Review
overall rating4 / 5
Available as a hatchback or sedan and in three, easy-to-understand trim levels, the redesigned 2018 Kia Rio is a subcompact car that is simple yet sophisticated. On the outside, it has an all-new look that is grown-up and stylish. On the inside, the Rio is well-assembled and is relatively spacious considering its size.
Under the hood, the Rio gets a reworked version of Kia's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It has slightly less power compared to last year (130 horsepower versus last year's 138), but Kia says it decided to trade peak power for more usable power, meaning that the Rio feels stronger at the lower engine speeds drivers encounter most often.
The inside also has been upgraded, and while hard plastics still abound, it feels very solidly built. The redesigned dash and gauge cluster manage to look upscale as well, so even though the Rio is a budget-priced car, it doesn't feel cheap. We think the interior presents itself better than those of cars costing thousands more.
Overall, we're impressed with this little Kia. If you're in the market for a subcompact sedan or hatchback, the 2018 Kia Rio is absolutely worth checking out.
trim levels & features
The subcompact 2018 Kia Rio is available as either a sedan or a four-door hatchback. Both the hatchback and sedan are sold in three different trim levels: base LX, midlevel S and top-level EX.
For the base LX, standard features include a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (130 horsepower, 119 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed manual transmission (a six-speed automatic is an available option), 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, a trip computer, a rearview camera, and a four-speaker sound system with a 5-inch display, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio input jack.
The midlevel Rio S adds to the standard equipment with keyless entry, heated power mirrors, power windows, cruise control, map lights, a sliding center console armrest and storage area, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, an extra USB port (charging only), a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system.
The top-of-the-line EX includes the Rio S' standard equipment and adds 15-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille surround, foglights, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a forward collision warning system with automatic braking, upgraded cloth upholstery, dual illuminated vanity mirrors and an upgraded 7-inch center display with Kia's Uvo infotainment system (which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). The EX's Launch Edition package adds red interior trim and partial leather accents.
noise & vibration4
ease of use5
getting in/getting out2.5
child safety seat accomodation2.5
audio & navigation3
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Rio safety features:
- Forward Collision Warning
- Warns you if a front collision is imminent. Available only on the top-trim EX model.
- Rearview Camera
- Helps navigate into tight parking spots and avoid collisions when backing out of spots in crowded parking lots.
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Helps mitigate an accident by engaging the brakes when a front collision is sensed — standard only on the EX trim level.
2018 Kia Rio Hatchback for Sale
2018 Kia Rio Hatchback Overview
The 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback is offered in the following styles: S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A), LX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A), and LX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M).
What do people think of the 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Rio Hatchback 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Rio Hatchback.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Rio Hatchback featuring deep dives into trim levels including S, LX, EX, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback here.
Our Review Process
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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback?
2018 Kia Rio Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,275. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A) is trending $4,017 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,017 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,258.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A) is19.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 2 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Kia Rio Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,500. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,094 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3,094 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$14,406.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A) is17.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 5 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Kia Rio Hatchback LX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)
The 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback LX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $15,225. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback LX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) is trending $3,425 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3,425 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$11,800.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback LX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) is22.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback LX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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