2019 Kia Rio - Review and Features

2019 Kia Rio

South Trial Kia is excited to offer the 2019 Kia Rio in Calgary. From the start, the Kia Rio has stood for stylish driving fun at an ultra-affordable price. With every new generation of the Rio, Kia's subcompact offering has gained sophistication, power, and high-tech features, making it a better buy than ever. Available as a sedan or a five-door hatchback, the Rio offers something for every driver. For 2019, the Rio marches into the future with its best selection of standard features and optional equipment yet.

Top New Features

The Rio was completely redesigned last year on an all-new, sophisticated, thoroughly re-engineered platform. Along with the redesign came a wealth of new technology that made the Rio an even better buy for the money than ever before. For 2019, Kia has refined the Rio even further with new features like LED headlights for the top-level EX trim.

Design and Tech

The Kia Rio's redesign brought European-inspired styling reminiscent of larger and much more expensive models, with a well-proportioned sedan and a handsome hatchback with Continental flair. Breakthroughs in material design allowed Kia's engineers to make the Rio's body stronger than ever, giving it a solid, luxurious feel as well as increased safety. The standard 15-inch steel wheels have the look of alloy wheels, but you can upgrade to actual alloy wheels in both 15-inch and 17-inch sizes.

Sophisticated design carries over into the stylish interior. Slip into the standard heated front seats and you'll face a standard 5-inch LED display or an optional 7-inch LED display. This display includes a backup camera and also controls your audio, phone connectivity, and more. Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto let you take your playlists with you everywhere and access your favourite apps. Kia's optional UVO Intelligence offers even more connectivity, allowing you to control everything from the remote starter to the climate control system to the door locks, all using your smart phone.


Power comes from a 1.5 litre, 130 horsepower, gasoline direct injection engine--one of the most potent power plants in the entire subcompact segment. It channels this power through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Sportmatic transmission for gutsy performance in highway passing manoeuvres or on twisty mountain roads. Yet it still achieves fuel efficiency ratings of 8.3 L/100 km in the city and 6.4 L/100 km on the highway. With Electronic Stability Control, Hill Assist Control, and Vehicle Stability Management, you'll always feel in command.


The current generation of the Rio has racked up accolades. J.D. Power and Associates has bestowed two awards, including "Highest Rated Small Car in Initial Quality and Dependability" and "Highest Rated Small Car in Initial Quality." Plus, the 2019 Rio Sedan, when equipped with available Forward Collision Assist and LED headlights, won the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's "Top Safety Pick" award.


The IIHS's safety award reflects the Rio's commitment to protecting its occupants. Six airbags offer front and side protection while a high-strength body provides additional crash protection. To avoid crashes altogether, the Rio offers available Autonomous Emergency Braking.

The sharp-looking, fast-paced KIA Rio is a favorite. Come see one today at our KIA Dealership in Calgary!

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