- Comes as a sedan or a hatchback
- Sportier SX trim available for the hatchback
- Hatchback has 49.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo room
The 2017 Kia Rio is a subcompact car that comes as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback. It competes with the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa Note, and Ford Fiesta. This year, it remains largely unchanged.
Two trim levels are available for the Rio Sedan: the LX and EX. The Rio hatchback has three available trims: the LX, EX, and SX trims.
The Rio sedan and hatchback share some similarities such as the honeycomb grille flanked by large, bug-eyed headlights. The sedan has a singular wide-mouth fascia, while the hatchback’s fascia is more segmented. At the rear, the sedan utilizes a flattened, squared-off trunk-lid with rectangular taillights. The hatchback appears rounder and softer with its pillow-shaped taillights and short, sloping liftback. Power/heated side mirrors and 15-inch wheels come standard. Available features include projector headlights, front fog lights, LED taillights, chrome accents, turn signal indicators at the side mirrors, and larger 17-inch alloy wheels.
Under the hood the Rio keeps the same engine, a 138-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 123-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed manual on LX models, with a six-speed automatic available on the LX but standard on the EX and SX (all hatchback models come with the automatic, regardless of trim level). SX models get a sportier suspension and paddle shifters for a more spirited driving experience.
There is not much difference in terms of cargo room between the two body styles, surprisingly. The sedan offers 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, while the hatchback increases that only 1.3 cubic feet to 15.0. Where the hatchback really offers more space is when you fold the 60/40-split second row forward, opening up 49.8 cubic feet of room.
Standard features include cloth upholstery, satellite radio, air conditioning, USB port, and two 12v charging outlets. The optional UVO2 infotainment system includes updates to UVO eServices; eServices connects the Rio to your smartphone via an app and offers services like a parking minder that remembers where you parked, roadside assistance, and vehicle diagnostics. Also available on the 2016 Rio are Bluetooth connectivity, push button start, navigation, leather upholstery, and heated front seats.
Standard safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control, and antilock brakes. A rearview camera is available.