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Segment: Small

The Kia’s smallest car was also their cheapest released by 2009.

While the Rio was not designed to turn heads, it wasn’t a an ugly car either. It was a good choice for people with a low budget and in need of a small city car for daily use. The Rio had a great fuel consumption and offered a stellar warranty.

The Rio was available in a sedan or a 4-door hatchback. The sedan came with 3 trim levels, the base, the LX and the SX.

The base sedan offered nothing more than 14-inch steel wheels and a 4-speaker stereo with CD and MP3 player.

The LX trim added air-conditioning, power steering, foldable rear seats and an AUX jack.

The top of the range, the SX added 15-inch alloy wheels, a leather wrapped steering wheels and new fabric upholstery.

While it’s true that it was a bit unusual to have a base model without air conditioning for 2009, we must remember that it was one of the cheapest cars available on the market.

Stand-alone features included keyless entry, tweeter speakers and the 16-inch alloys exclusively available for the SX trim level.

The Rio was equipped with the only engine available, a 1.6-liter developing 110 hp. It could be mated with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission - excluding the base trim level that only came with the manual gearbox.

Safety wise, front and side airbags along with side curtain airbags were standard. Antilock disc brakes were available for the higher trims.

While the Rio scored 4 stars out of 5 for the driver and the passenger protection, the side-impact test gave the small sedan a poor score.

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press release
KIA Rio Sedan 2009 - 2011
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.4L 5MT (97 HP)
  • 1.6L DOHC 4AT (112 HP)
  • 1.6L DOHC 5MT (112 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.5L CRDi 5MT (110 HP)
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KIA Rio Sedan Brochure

KIA Rio Sedan 1.4L 5MT (97 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (97 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1339 cm3
Power
71.4 KW @ 6000 RPM
97 HP @ 6000 RPM
96 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
92 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
125 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109 mph (175 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
P175/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.4 in (1,471/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.9 cuFT (337 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2304 lbs (1045 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3230 lbs (1465 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
Highway
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
Combined
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)

KIA Rio Sedan 1.6L DOHC 4AT (112 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L DOHC 4AT (112 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1599 cm3
Power
82.4 KW @ 6000 RPM
112 HP @ 6000 RPM
111 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
108 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
146 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P175/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.4 in (1,471/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.9 cuFT (337 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2388 lbs (1083 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3285 lbs (1490 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.8 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
Highway
42.8 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)

KIA Rio Sedan 1.6L DOHC 5MT (112 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L DOHC 5MT (112 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1599 cm3
Power
82.4 KW @ 6000 RPM
112 HP @ 6000 RPM
111 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
108 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
146 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
118 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
P175/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.4 in (1,471/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.9 cuFT (337 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2365 lbs (1073 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3263 lbs (1480 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Highway
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
Combined
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)

KIA Rio Sedan 1.5L CRDi 5MT (110 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L CRDi 5MT (110 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1493 cm3
Power
80.9 KW @ 4000 RPM
110 HP @ 4000 RPM
108 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
173 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
235 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
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
P175/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.4 in (1,471/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.9 cuFT (337 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2425 lbs (1100 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3439 lbs (1560 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
49 mpg US (4.8 L/100Km)
Highway
67.2 mpg US (3.5 L/100Km)
Combined
58.8 mpg US (4 L/100Km)
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