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Segment: Small

Kia grew in the U.S. market with the introduction of the first generation Kia Rio in 2000. While it was a low-cost car, it managed to offer great reliability for an attractive price.

In 2006, Kia raised the bar with the Kia Rio sedan and even got the “Most Improved New Vehicle for 2006” awarded by Autobytel.

Why? Because the new Kia Rio offered class-leading power and interior room, as well as enhanced safety with six standard airbags, including full-length side-curtain airbags.

The improved interior volume was achieved with the longer wheelbase and the width and height increase.

Aesthetically, the small Rio had an European exterior design that inspired sportiness with a bold appearance.

Inside, the new Rio was fitted with improved quality materials. Besides the cloth upholstery that incorporated a sporty-looking mesh fabric, the cabin was fitted with an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat and a central armrest to enhance comfort.

The numerous storage space available inside the cabin added to the practicality of the Rio, as well as the dual 12V power outlets and a shopping bag hook placed on the back of the front passenger seat.

The new Kia Rio sedan offered more standard power than any vehicles in its class, with the new 1.6-liter DOHC engine that produced 110 hp and 107 lb.-ft of torque. Fuel consumption was also improved by 20%.

For 2006, the sedan in its base trim level offered, 14-inch tires with full wheel covers and power steering with tilt, while the rio LX added air conditioning, larger 14-inch tired and a 60/40 split folding rear seat.

Other stand-alone options were also available at an extra cost, such as power windows, power door locks, BAS, a 4-speed automatic transmission and others.
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KIA Rio Sedan 2005 - 2008
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.4 16V 5MT (97 HP)
  • 1.6 16V 5MT (110 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.5 CRDi 5MT (110 HP)

KIA Rio Sedan 1.4 16V 5MT (97 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4 16V 5MT (97 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1399 cm3
Power
71 KW @ 6000 RPM
97 HP @ 6000 RPM
95 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
93 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
126 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
110 mph (177 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.5 in (1,471/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2346.1 lbs (1064 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.9 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
Highway
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
Combined
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
150 g/km

KIA Rio Sedan 1.6 16V 5MT (110 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6 16V 5MT (110 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1599 cm3
Power
81 KW @ 6000 RPM
110 HP @ 6000 RPM
109 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
108 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
146 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
118.1 mph (190 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.5 in (1,471/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2346.1 lbs (1064 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.9 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Highway
43.6 mpg US (5.4 L/100Km)
Combined
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
155 g/km

KIA Rio Sedan 1.5 CRDi 5MT (110 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5 CRDi 5MT (110 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1493 cm3
Power
81 KW @ 4000 RPM
110 HP @ 4000 RPM
109 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
173 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
235 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.5 in (1,471/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2493.9 lbs (1131 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3638.2 lbs (1650 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
41.3 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Highway
57.4 mpg US (4.1 L/100Km)
Combined
50 mpg US (4.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
121 g/km
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