Make / Model Search

Car reviews - Kia - Rio - 5-dr hatch


Kia advances in every area with its new Rio, but does it match its light car rivals?

6 Jan 2006

THE difference between cheapness and value is well illustrated by the old Kia Rio. On paper it always looked better than it actually was. In all departments bar affordability most rival light cars have had it beaten. So consequently what you saved new you lost at resale time. And that’s not taking into account the substandard levels of dynamics, quality and comfort you’ve had to put up with in the meantime. But now Kia has issued a new-generation Rio that shows progress in every department. It’s even cheaper than ever, but does it actually represent better value?
Model release date: 1 August 2005 to 1 August 2011

Previous model

Kia Rio hatch/sedan

Released: July 2000
Ended: August 2005
Family Tree: Rio

The first-generation Rio was based on the old Ford Festiva, which was a twice-rebodied Mazda 121 from 1986. Even by 2000 standards then the Rio was no party, feeling light and flimsy. Power was supplied via a 1.5-litre twin-cam 16-valve four-cylinder engine married to either a five-speed manual or – more often – a four-speed auto. But even with 74kW and 135Nm, the Rio was a drag to drive. A new nose and tail from early ’03 brought a surprising amount of freshness to the design, but only a completely new set of components could save the original Rio from wooden-spoon status.

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

GoAuto can help you buy a new Rio

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires


This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Rio pricing

Motor industry news

GoAutoNews is Australia’s number one automotive industry journal covering the latest news, future and new model releases, market trends, industry personnel movements, and international events.

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here