They used to be a subcompacts for the most stripped down stripped down from pint A to point B pieces of transportation, the Kia Rio along with many others in the past five years have proven that subcompacts now premium features, good style while still having good fuel efficiency and budget minded price. The 2018 Kia Rio has been slightly refreshed with a few updates, so it is a good choice in a subcompact category? keep with us and you will find out.

2018 Kia Rio

2018 Kia Rio

Exterior

Essentially not much has changed for the Rio for the 2018 model year it pretty much carries over with the same power-trains, interior as well as the new model has visibly smoother surfaces and sharper details. However it does have updated front and rear fascias, the front have a new pretty stylish grille it also have a good looking 15-inch alloy wheels. The rear end is fairly stylish it have rear reflectors, old taillights and rear window defroster.

2018 Kia Rio

2018 Kia Rio

Interior

The overall interior in terms of build quality and materials have a pretty high quality feel and look. The steering wheel is leather wrapped and fairly stylish equipped with all basic controls. The infotainment system extends up and off the dashboard, a bit like the screen on the Honda Civic. Premium features are: leather heated front seats, navigation and a rear view camera. The seats in the Rio are descent comfortable with a not much side support. The back is giving a little cramp feeling but it is a subcompact so we don’t expect too much here.

2018 Kia Rio

2018 Kia Rio

Engine

Under the hood of the 2018 Kia Rio is a carryover 1.6-Liter inline four-cylinder engine which is able to produce 138 horses at 6.300 rpm and 123 pound feet of torque at 4.850 rpm. This engine is coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while it offer a optional six-speed automatic transmission, while both are driving the front wheels. EPA estimates are 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the hwy, while in runs on a regular unleaded fuel.

2018 Kia Rio Price

Now the price of the new Kia Rio for 2018 model year is starting at pretty affordable $15,015 while you can boost it up to $21,755. It is ranked 9th in the subcompact segment. Major competitors are: Scion iA, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Spark, Fiat 500, Hyundai Accent and Smart Fortwo.