New Kia is a worthy competitor with a roomy cabin, peppy powerplant, and with lots of available and optional features. All this makes the 2014 Kia Rio one of the best choices in the segment.
This model has a stylish cabin that is padded with good quality materials, especially nice in higher trims. The front seats are spacious, wide and comfortable, while there is appreciated amount of legroom. The back seats have decent amount of room and can easily accommodate two adults, which certainly is a compliment for a subcompact vehicle. Cargo room is an average for this model car, the sedan comes with 13.7 cubic-feet of cargo, when the hatchback has 14.9 cubic feet, and with impressive possibilities that the rear seats fold down to be fully flat in all models.
The 2014 Kia Rio is coming with fantastic list of technology features on all trim levels, which include CD/MP3 audio unit with Sirius XM Satellite Radio, USB input jacks for connecting MP3 players with full controllability via the audio head unit and steering wheel controls, a tilt and telescopic steering column, six speaker sound system, sun roof, keyless ignition, a voice control interface. Optional features include a 7 inch navigation system push button start, voice activated infotainment system, rearview camera and leather upholstered seats.
2014 Kia Rio Review
Kia has a neat chrome grille with slanted headlights, a large air dam and rounded rear end, its design is very similar with its brethren Optima and Sportage. The base model comes with 15-inch steel wheels or with option to choose alloy wheels, while the up-level SX model has more stylish 17-inch alloys. Rio is comfortable for driving, easily glides on the road, without the bobbing, and bouncy which usually means when riding small-cars.
The 2014 Kia Rio comes in three trims – LX, EX and SX. No matter which version you choose only one engine is available. This is the 1.6 L four cylinder power plant and uses, gasoline direct-injection technology, that makes 138 horsepower and 123 pound feet of torque, it’s paired with six speed manual transmission in base level, and automatic transmission is optional on higher trim level. Engine power is transferred to front wheel drive and there is no optional all-wheel drive system. Fuel economy is estimated at 31 mpg combined, 27/37 mpg, city/highway, and this is the average for the class.
At the test track, the 2014 Kia Rio went from 0-60 mph in 9.7 sec., while an SX model takes 9.4 sec to hit from zero to 60 mph. These are average results and we certainly hope that the future models will come with even more power and better performances.
The base Kia Rio sells for a $13.900 with manual transmission, LX Automatic has a price at $15.000 while the EX model sells at $16.800. For the SX trim we have the suggested price of $17.900 and the top of the line SX will cost around $17.900.
Specs Of 2014 Kia Rio
We need to add that there are already details and information’s about the 2015 Kia Rio model for which we are waiting to become available on the market. Until then we will bring info about this model.