2020 Kia Rio

MSRP $16,490

Ranked #1 in Subcompact Sedan

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2020 Kia Rio Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With a complete overhaul back in 2018 and several subsequent updates, Kia has managed to keep the Rio fresh and appealing with its signature design and modern features. While it may not look it, the Rio is arguably a lot more appealing than the Hyundai Accent sedan it is based on. It also manages to undercut its rivals with a very competitive starting price and a long feature list. Available in both Sedan and Hatchback body styles, the Rio stands out with its excellent design and class-leading Interiors. A lot more standard features have also been added for 2020 with the new model including an updated infotainment system.

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Pros

Handsome design inside and out

Good ride and handling balance

Affordable pricing

The new powertrain offers class-leading efficiency

Cons

Interior space is at a premium especially at the rear

Limited cargo space

Some feature misses on the base model

CVT transmission feels like a downgrade

What's New?

Engine returned to be more efficient 

New CVT transmission

The newly updated infotainment unit

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16490

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

120 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

112 lbs.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11/8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

101.6 in.

length

172.6 in.

width

67.9 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

2767 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/37 mpg

highway range

440.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$16,490 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Kia Rio in Aurora Black color
Aurora Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.4

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


Being a Kia, it also gets a long standard feature list, offering a lot of value. More advanced features are also available on the higher trims. The Kia Rio gets a new 1.6 L Inline-4 engine under the hood which has been tuned to be more efficient while losing 10hp of power 7lb-ft of torque and now comes mated to a new CVT transmission. Prices start at around $15,580 and the Rio sedan is offered in two trims. The Rio continues to compete with affordable subcompacts like the Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, and Chevrolet Sonic. 

2020 Kia Rio Front View
2020 Kia Rio Rear View

9.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.4/10
Final Verdict


2020 Kia Rio Features

9.0/10

The sedan model is available in two trim levels unlike the hatchback, which is only available in the higher-end S trim. The range starts with the LX model that includes features like automatic headlights, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors, cloth seats, and 15-inch steel rims. Upgrading to the S trim also includes a 60/40 split rear bench seat, adjustable rear headrests, front row center armrest, rear USB charge ports, cruise control, and remote keyless entry. The S model is offered with the Tech Package that further adds Forward Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, LED headlights, LED Positioning Lights, UVO eServices, SiriusXM, and a Supervision meter cluster with a 3.5" LCD display. The following table shows the detailed features of each trim of the 2020 Kia Rio sedan-

Trim

LX

S

MSRP (FWD)

$15,580

$16,490

Key Features

15" steel wheels

LED headlights and positioning lights

 

Auto-On/Off Headlights

UVO eServices

 

7-inch touch screen infotainment unit

SiriusXM

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Supervision meter cluster

 

6 speakers

Forward Collision Warning

 

Steering wheel–mounted 

audio controls

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist

 

Cloth-trimmed seats

Remote keyless entry

 

Air conditioning

Cruise control

 

Rear View Monitor with Parking Guidance

 

Which Trim should you buy?

Because of extra convenience features like cruise control, foldable rear seats, keyless entry, and more, the S model is worth the difference over the base trim. You can also opt for the technology package to add a lot more features including some important active driver assistance features, and LED headlights for a reasonable price bump of $800. And if you need even more features, you could always opt for the Tech Package that is exclusively available with the S trim. 

2020 Kia Rio Engine and Performance

7.0/10

For 2020, Kia has updated the sole powertrain available on the Rio with a new engine and new transmission. Although displacement remains the same at 1.6L, it now produces just 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque, a drop from 130 hp and 119 lb-ft of the previous model. The modern direct injection technology has also given way to an older multi-point fuel injection system in the quest for efficiency.

2020 Kia Rio Engine

The 6-speed automatic transmission of the 2019 model is now replaced with a smoother CVT unit. 

With the new powertrain, the new Rio is a lot slower than the outgoing model with a 0 - 60 MPH time of 10 seconds, trailing the older model by more than a second. Quarter-mile time also takes a hit, taking 17.8 seconds. Performance is adequate at best, and the Rio will struggle with quick maneuvers and overtakes because of the new CVT transmission. But, it is a lot smoother now, which will be appreciated by most owners looking for a sensible city car.

Models

2020 Kia Rio LX

2020 Nissan Versa S

2020 Toyota Yaris L

2020 Chevrolet Sonic LS

MSRP

$15,850

$16,500

$16,750

$16,720

Engine

1.6-liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.6-liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.5-liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.4-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT 

CVT 

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

120 @ 6,300

122 @ 6,300

106 @ 6,000

138 @ 4,900

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

112 @ 4,500

114 @ 4,000

103 @ 4,000

148 @ 1,850

0-60 MPH (seconds)

10.0

9.7

9.6

8.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

17.8

17.4

17.4

16

Top-Speed (MPH)

117

115

115

115

While all four sedans get small and efficient powertrains, there are some notable differences between them. Both the Kia Rio and Nissan Versa get a simple and efficient setup with a smooth CVT powertrain, while the Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Sonic use a more exciting 6-speed automatic option that gives better performance. The Sonic is also the fastest of the lot thanks to its more capable turbocharged engine. 

How well does the Kia Rio handle?

Despite its sporty looks, the Rio is focused on being a comfortable commuter, and it gets the ride and handling to match it. In fact, the Rio feels a lot better than the Hyundai Accent it's based on. The steering feels precise with a lot of feedback, but the overall dynamics are let down by the thin 15-inch wheels and tires. The thicker sidewall does improve comfort, absorbing a lot more imperfections. 

The Rio sedan, however, strikes a great balance between comfort and handling and it is easy to maneuver in the city with impressive agility for a cheap, compact sedan. The suspension setup is well-tuned and body roll around corners is minimal. The steering is well-weighted and feels precise but it is not properly communicative between the car and the driver. Overall the Rio is a pretty good car in terms of handling. 

2020 Kia Rio Braking Performance

For a compact sedan focusing on efficiency and comfort, the Kia Rio gets the biggest brakes in its class with 11-inch rotors at the front and 8-inch rotors at the rear.

2020 Kia Rio Wheel

Braking performance is good enough for a subcompact and there's plenty of feedback. The Rio stops from 60 mph at an impressive distance of 122 ft. which is the best-in-class in the segment. 

Models

2020 Kia Rio LX

2020 Nissan Versa S

2020 Toyota Yaris L

2020 Chevrolet Sonic LS

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.0

10.0

10.2

10.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

8.0

8.0

9.0

9.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,767

2,650

2,432

2,857

60-0 (feet)

122

124

124

125

Surprisingly, the Kia Rio offers the biggest brakes in its segment, with a slightly shorter stopping distance compared to rivals. Both the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris take the second spot, while the Chevrolet Sonic comes in last because of the heavier curb weight and average size brakes. The fact that the Kia Rio being heavier than the Toyota and Nissan still manages to stop at a shorter distance than them makes it a super choice considering the impressive braking capabilities. 

2020 Kia Rio Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Combining the efficient petrol engine with a smooth CVT has done wonders for the Kia Rio in terms of efficiency, returning 33 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway, which are the highest in its class. The combined range is also impressive with around 430 miles, thanks to a bigger than average 11.9-gallon fuel tank. Kia absolutely nailed it by introducing the new power-efficient engine and CVT transmission, boosting the MPG figures to the best-in-class numbers. 

Models

2020 Kia Rio LX

2020 Nissan Versa S

2020 Toyota Yaris L

2020 Chevrolet Sonic LS

MPG (City)

33

32

32

26

MPG (Highway)

41

40

40

34

MPG (Combined)

36

35

35

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

11.9

10.8

11.6

12.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, Miles)

392/488/428

345/432/378

371/464/406

317/415/354

With the most efficient setup, the Kia Rio manages to return slightly better figures than all of its rivals and also gets the largest fuel tank, followed by the Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa. But, the Chevrolet Sonic with its turbocharged engine is a lot less efficient, especially in the city. Overall the Rio is the best in the segment followed by the Yaris which is the only other one here that provides a combined range above 400 miles. 

2020 Kia Rio Interior

9.0/10

Step inside the cabin and the Rio looks and feels like a segment above. Kia has provided good quality materials on all the main touchpoints, giving the cabin an upmarket and high-quality feel, unlike its competitors. The dashboard layout is also simple and straightforward with well-placed controls and some practical storage spaces. The infotainment system is well integrated into the dashboard with physical controls surrounding it, and climate controls are placed below it.

2020 Kia Rio Seating

The chunky steering wheel feels premium and gets plenty of controls for easy access. As with all subcompact sedans, rear-seat space is at a premium and is only fit for shorter journeys. Cloth upholstery comes as standard, and the front seats offer plenty of support with good bolstering. Trunk space is average at 13.7 cubic feet, which can be expanded on the S model which gets 60/40 split rear seats.

Models

2020 Kia Rio LX

2020 Nissan Versa S

2020 Toyota Yaris L

2020 Chevrolet Sonic LS

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.9/54.1/42.1

39.5/53.1/44.5

38.2/53.1/41.9

38.7/53.4/41.8

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.4/53.3/33.5

36.3/53.6/31.0

36.8/50.0/34.4

37.8/53.0/34.6

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

13.7

14.7

13.5

14.9

Although Kia has managed to balance space well between both rows, it does fall short compared to rivals like the Nissan Versa and Chevrolet Sonic, both of which offer better interior and trunk space. The Toyota Yaris comes with the best quality interior while the Chevy has some low-quality interior bits whereas the Kia Rio also has some subpar interior materials. Overall the Yaris has the best interior in this segment while the Chevy is the most spacious. Some notable interior features include:

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Sliding front-row center armrest
  • Rear USB charge ports 
  • Power windows with auto up/down

What’s there to keep you entertained?

One of the major updates for 2020 is the new and updated infotainment system available as standard on all models. The 7-inch touchscreen display is placed neatly in the middle, and all the modern features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity are included as standard.

2020 Kia Rio Infotainment Display

All models also get a 6 speaker audio system right from the base LX model. Upgrading to the S model also includes USB ports at the rear. Opting for the Tech Package also adds a more advanced system with voice controls, telematics, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Some notable infotainment features include:

  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • SiriusXM satellite radio (S)
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • 6-speaker audio system

2020 Kia Rio Exterior

8.0/10

In a sea of bland-looking subcompacts, Kia has made some effort to make the Rio stand out. With sharp lines and the signature Kia grille flanked by aggressive headlights. The overall design is very basic, but it does look a lot different than the Hyundai Accent sedan it's based on. The flared wheel arches and subtle rear diffuser add a splash of sportiness to the otherwise boring design. 

2020 Kia Rio Side View

The Rio is offered in six color choices but unfortunately, even the range-topping S trim only gets 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers. Opting for the Tech Package would get you LED headlamps and positioning lights which add a nice touch while making the exterior look updated and advanced. The Rio has a curb weight of 2,767 lbs that could be considered as the segment standard. 

Models

2020 Kia Rio LX

2020 Nissan Versa S

2020 Toyota Yaris L

2020 Chevrolet Sonic LS

Curb Weight (lb)

2,767

2,650

2,432

2,857

Length (inches)

172.6

177.0

171.2

173.9

Width (inches)

67.9

68.5

66.7

68.3

Height (inches)

57.1

57.3

58.5

59.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.5

6.8

5.5

4.8

Wheelbase (inches)

101.6

103.1

101.2

99.4

In terms of dimensions, the Kia Rio slots in neatly between the bigger Nissan Versa and the compact Toyota Yaris. The wheelbase is also average compared to rivals, but it is longer than both the Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota Yaris. The Chevrolet Sonic is the heaviest while the Yaris is the lightest whereas the Nissan Versa offers the most ground clearance making it the most practical one. Based on exterior beauty, all of these machines look good in their own ways. Some notable exterior features of the 2020 Kia Rio sedan include:

  • Automatic headlights
  • LED headlights and positioning lights 
  • Power heated outside mirrors
  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Body-colored exterior door handles

2020 Kia Rio Safety

9.0/10

Despite its affordable pricing, the Kia Rio doesn't compromise on passenger safety, securing the "Top Safety Pick '' award from the IIHS for the 2019 model year. But, it hasn't gone through NHTSA's safety tests yet. A lot of active safety features like automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, are available as options on the higher S trim. Unfortunately, the base LX model is limited to basic features like anti-lock brakes, airbags, traction control, and more. But still, the Rio is a very safe vehicle considering the standard safety features as the safety scores it received. Some notable safety features include:

  • Rearview monitor with parking guidance
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Automatic emergency braking 
  • UVO eServices 
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Advanced tire pressure monitoring 
  • Brake Assist System

 

2020 Kia Rio Competition

8.0/10

Kia Rio vs Toyota Yaris

With a starting price of under $16,000, the Kia Rio brings a lot more value to the table. The Rio is also arguably the better-looking option with a more modern and sporty design. Regarding performance, both options get a small capacity engine, but the Kia Rio offers slightly better performance and also gets a smoother but boring CVT transmission. On the other hand, the Toyota Yaris can be bought with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, both of which are a lot more exciting than the Kia and the Toyota Yaris makes up for the extra price with a lot more standard features like cruise control, adjustable steering wheel, and more. 

Kia Rio vs Chevrolet Sonic

If you’re shopping for a smooth and affordable daily driver, efficiency is almost always one of the highest priorities. This is where the Kia Rio excels over the Sonic, returning over 7 MPG more combined. But, the turbocharged engine in the Sonic does offer a lot more performance and a more exciting 6-speed automatic transmission. The Sonic also edges out the Kia Rio in terms of interior and cargo space. Overall, if you’re looking for a fun compact sedan for an affordable price, the Chevrolet Sonic is a better option. 

2020 Chevrolet Sonic

Kia Rio vs Nissan Versa

Although Kia has managed to offer a lot of features and value for the money, it still misses out on some important features compared to the Nissan Versa like standard cruise control and lane departure warning. The Versa is also more practical with a more spacious trunk, letting you squeeze in an extra bag or two. Performance-wise, there’s little to choose between the two, and both get identical powertrain setup, and also return similar efficiency figures. Overall, it really does come down to design and feature preferences. 

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Kia Rio Final Verdict

8.4/10

With a lot of updates and an all-new powertrain, the 2020 Kia Rio has improved in all ways that count. It continues to offer plenty of value with a well-equipped base model that now features a capable infotainment system. The Rio also comes with the best-in-class mpg figures and range making it the most value for money choice in this segment. For a basic subcompact car, the Kia Rio is an excellent choice, especially with the new efficient powertrain and updated standard feature list. 

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