2020 Kia Rio Hatchback

MSRP range: $16,790
Edmunds suggests you pay$16,506

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2020 Kia Rio Review

  • Sporty handling makes it entertaining to drive
  • Solid build quality for such a price-conscious car
  • Long warranty coverage for peace of mind
  • Standard equipment is a bit bare-bones
  • No telescoping steering wheel available
  • Sedan has subpar cargo space
  • New 1.6-liter engine is more efficient but less powerful
  • A continuously variable automatic transmission replaces last year's automatic
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 7-inch touchscreen are now standard on both trims
  • Part of the fourth Rio generation introduced for 2018

Value reigns supreme in the subcompact class, but that doesn't mean you need to settle for a car with bland character. The 2020 Kia Rio is priced reasonably but also comes with a load of features and a sporty character.

The Rio was redesigned two years ago, upgraded with a more sophisticated suspension, better ride quality and classier styling. But its strengths remained. The small cabin feels roomier than it appears (at least for front passengers), thanks to the thoughtful interior design and intuitive control layout. The infotainment software and touchscreen interface rate as some of the best in class, and the Rio's crisp handling and steering make it one of the livelier subcompacts around.

For 2020, there's a new four-cylinder engine and new transmission to go with it. The engine lost 10 horsepower, which gives us some pause. The Rio wasn't that quick with its last engine. But Kia says it's more efficient, capable of 41 mpg highway and 36 mpg combined, gains of roughly 10%.

The Rio's previous engine felt zippy enough around town but ran out of breath at higher speeds. We'll have to wait and see how the new engine and transmission combination performs. In theory, the new continuously variable automatic transmission should do a better job keeping the engine in the sweet spot of power delivery.

Other upgrades for this year include standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and a larger 7-inch touchscreen display.

As its strengths remain, so, too, do the Rio's weaknesses, namely a lack of space. There's not a whole lot of rear-seat room, and trunk space is average at best. And while front and side airbags come standard, other safety features, such as automatic emergency braking, are only available as options. But if these shortcomings aren't deal-breakers, the 2020 Kia Rio still impresses with its excellent warranty, generous set of features and nice price, even when fully loaded.

Which Rio does Edmunds recommend?

Unless you're on a strict budget, we suggest springing for the top-trim S. It's about $600 more than the base model and comes with desirable features such as a 60/40-split folding rear seat, cruise control and keyless entry. The S can also be upgraded with the optional Technology package, which comes with LED headlights, forward collision warning and assist, and Kia's Uvo telematics system.

Kia Rio models

The 2020 Kia Rio is a subcompact car available either as a sedan or a hatchback (Kia calls it the 5-Door). The sedan comes in two trim levels, LX and S, while the hatchback is only sold in S trim.

The LX is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (120 horsepower, 112 lb-ft of torque) and a continuously variable automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. Standard features include heated side mirrors, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system.

The S adds remote keyless entry with a trunk opener, a 60/40-split folding rear seat with adjustable headrests, a center console with a sliding armrest, cruise control, and an additional USB port for rear passengers.

An optional Technology package that's only available for the S trim adds LED headlights, forward collision warning and emergency braking, Kia's Uvo eServices communications, an upgraded driver information display, and satellite radio.

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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Kia Rio.

Average user rating: 4.1 stars
15 total reviews
5 star reviews: 46%
4 star reviews: 27%
3 star reviews: 20%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 7%

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    Most helpful consumer reviews

    5/5 stars, Sweet ride, wife loves to drive it.
    Jeff Grabill ,
    S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
    This little gem has plenty of power. Fun to drive. Well built, great driver access to everything. Wife wishes seat on drivers side would have more vertical rise.
    5/5 stars, Loving it
    S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
    For the accessible price point this beauty has a lot of features and is really nice to drive. In a nutshell I would describe it as Incredibly fuel efficient but surprisingly nimble. I've upgraded from my 2007 Toyota Yaris to the 2020 Kia Rio5 and its incredible to see what's become standard in 13 years of car improvements. Tons of gadgets from rear view camera to automatic headlights and wipers and during the Canadian winters who couldn't mention the heated seats and steering wheel. It even has a sport mode button which makes acceleration surprisingly quick. I was prepared to dish out more money for a new car, initially looking at vehicles like the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Venue but found that I preferred this over them even when disregarding the price comparison. I decided maybe more money doesn't mean better car, so I tried the Nissan Micra and Mitsubishi Mirage next and realized that it turns out the Rio is just an outstanding car in it range. Take one for a test drive and you'll see the difference yourself.
    4/5 stars, excellent commuter
    S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
    I bought the car to drive back and forth to work and keep from being ate alive by gas prices in my pickup. I drive approx. 36 miles round trip every day and in the summer months when not allowing the car to idle and warm up I avg. 44mpg. Winter time when I let it warm up for 5 or 10 minutes, I avg. 39mpg. Now the car is cheaply made and has its space issues, but what do you expect out of a brand new car under 17 grand? If you want a good gas getter for commuting this is the car for you.

    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    MPG & Fuel
    33 City / 41 Hwy / 36 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 11.9 gal. capacity
    5 seats
    Type: front wheel drive
    Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
    Inline 4 cylinder
    Horsepower: 120 hp @ 6300 rpm
    Torque: 112 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    5 yr./ 60000 mi.
    Length: 160.0 in. / Height: 57.1 in. / Width: 67.9 in.
    Curb Weight: 2762 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 17.4 cu.ft.

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    Our experts’ favorite Rio safety features:

    Forward Collision Warning
    Warns you if a front collision is imminent. Available only on the S trim level.
    Rearview Camera
    Helps the driver navigate into tight parking spots and avoid collisions when backing out of spots in crowded parking lots.
    Automatic Emergency Braking
    When the system is paired with forward collision warning, it can automatically engage the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Roof Strength Test
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

    Kia Rio vs. the competition

    2020 Kia Rio

    2020 Kia Rio

    2020 Hyundai Accent

    2020 Hyundai Accent

    Kia Rio vs. Hyundai Accent

    The Rio and the Accent are related and, besides sharing powertrains, they have many technology and mechanical similarities. Styling could very well be the deciding factor. The Rio's ride and handling is a bit sportier, but the Accent is more relaxed. For seat comfort, we prefer the Rio.

    Compare Kia Rio & Hyundai Accent features 

    Kia Rio vs. Nissan Versa

    The Nissan Versa is a small car with a remarkably low base price, a relatively huge back seat, a similarly giant trunk, and a plush ride quality. It also comes with safety features beyond the Rio's standard airbags, such as automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. What you don't get is an engine with much refinement or power, an engaging driving experience or an interior with any upmarket aspirations. The Rio is a better bet unless you frequently need to carry tall passengers and their cargo.

    Compare Kia Rio & Nissan Versa features 

    Kia Rio vs. Honda Civic

    Although it's larger, the Honda Civic gets about the same fuel economy as the Rio. Of course, you'll appreciate its larger cargo space and roomier interior, but it comes at a price. Most important, even in its lowest trim, the Civic is more expensive and not as fully featured as the Rio.

    Compare Kia Rio & Honda Civic features 


    Is the Kia Rio a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Rio both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Kia Rio fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Rio gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Rio has 17.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Rio. Learn more

    What's new in the 2020 Kia Rio?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Kia Rio:

    • New 1.6-liter engine is more efficient but less powerful
    • A continuously variable automatic transmission replaces last year's automatic
    • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 7-inch touchscreen are now standard on both trims
    • Part of the fourth Rio generation introduced for 2018
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    Is the Kia Rio reliable?

    To determine whether the Kia Rio is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Rio. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Rio's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2020 Kia Rio a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Kia Rio is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Rio is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 Kia Rio?

    The least-expensive 2020 Kia Rio is the 2020 Kia Rio S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $16,790.

    Other versions include:

    • S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $16,790
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    What are the different models of Kia Rio?

    If you're interested in the Kia Rio, the next question is, which Rio model is right for you? Rio variants include S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Rio models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Kia Rio

    2020 Kia Rio Hatchback Overview

    The 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback is offered in the following styles: S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT). The 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Rio Hatchback 4.1 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 2020 Rio Hatchback.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Rio Hatchback featuring deep dives into trim levels including S, 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 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    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 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback?

    2020 Kia Rio Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,245. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,739 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,739 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,506.

    The average savings for the 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is 9.5% below the MSRP.

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    Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback and all available trim types: S. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

    What is the MPG of a 2020 Kia Rio Hatchback?

    2020 Kia Rio Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
    36 compined MPG,
    33 city MPG/41 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG36
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Drive Trainfront wheel drive
    Displacement1.6 L
    Passenger Volume107.9 cu.ft.
    Wheelbase101.6 in.
    Length160.0 in.
    Width67.9 in.
    Height57.1 in.
    Curb Weight2762 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Kia Rio?

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