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2015 Kia Rio5

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/1/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Kia Rio 5-Door, also known as the Kia Rio5, is no longer available in the Silverstone Beige exterior color in the EX trim.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Kia Rio four-door hatchback variant of the subcompact Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 with 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque that's paired to six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Fuel economy varies depending on the trim level with cars equipped with the Eco Package achieving 28/37 mpg city/highway while all other variants are rated at 27/37 mpg.

Overview

The 2015 Kia Rio in four-door hatchback form delivers adequate acceleration. Handling limits are low and ride quality gets jarring and choppy over rough surfaces. Interior quality is also a weak point with cheap materials used throughout the cabin. Value remains a a Rio strength since the car comes with plenty of available features including keyless entry, a rearview camera, and power-folding mirrors. Options such as navigation, push-button start, leather seats, and LED daytime running lights are offered on higher trim levels. The car's hatchback body style gives it plenty of interior space with up to 49.8 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded down and 15 cubic feet when they're in place.

The 2015 Kia Rio5 has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the car received a Good score in three categories, Acceptable in side impact, and Marginal in the front small overlap category. (Good is the highest possible score.)

What We Think

While it remains a decent choice among subcompact cars, the 2015 Kia Rio's lack of refinement and poor driving dynamics are a letdown. In a comparison test between seven subcompact cars, the Rio hatchback placed last because of its rough ride, "thrashy drivetrain" and noisy cabin. However, its price tag is its "biggest asset" since it starts at $14,815 including destination and is available with many convenience features, as we noted in a 2012 First Test review.

You'll Like

  • Relatively fuel efficient
  • Good value
  • Spacious interior

You Won't Like

  • Doesn't drive as good as it looks
  • Cheap-feeling cabin
  • Unrefined

Key Competitors

  • Honda Fit
  • Nissan Versa Note
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Mazda2

Rating

2 star

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