Contents First generation (DC; 2000–2005) The first-generation Kia Rio (referred to as the «DC») was offered in both four-door sedan and five-door station wagon body styles. The engine was upgraded to a 110 hp 1.6-litre DOHC four-cylinder «Alpha II» engine now also shared with the Hyundai Accent. The silent at idle engine is ‘adequate’ and when you put the foot down you get more noise and a bit more acceleration. The headlamps get moved slightly inward imparting a more contemporary vibe, and new fog-light surrounds with satin bezels encircle projector lenses. They both have a five speed manual gearbox. The LX trim adds air conditioning, auxiliary audio input jack and USB port, power steering, full wheel covers, tilt steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seat and rear-seat adjustable headrests. SX models include 15-inch alloy wheels, sport seats with red trim, fog lights and a rear spoiler.
Superminis are usually more expressive. A Clio or 208 or Corsa is instantly recognisable. However, in the US market only the 1.6L gasoline engine is offered, in two body styles: a four-door-sedan and a five-door hatch. The hatchback was renamed to Rio5 in the USA and Canada. Acceleration, never the Rio’s forte, gets no help in the refresh.
Rear head- and foot-room are adequate, but the rear seat is hard and reclines excessively, and the center occupant straddles a tunnel. Under the Hood The 2009 Kia Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which drives either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The highlight is a one-litre three-cylinder petrol unit, which already does good service in the Cee-apostrophe-d. For the Rio it’s served up in two outputs, 99 and 118bhp. The Rio was refreshed for 2016? And it’s here?” Well, it was, and we’ve got the particulars on all the changes. Two new color options, Urban Blue and Digital Yellow, also make the scene for 2016. Inside, some trim bits have been slightly altered, and Kia has increased the use of high-density foam in the A- and B-pillars to reduce NVH levels. The treatment continues at the rear, where the newly designed taillamps have been moved to the far corners of the vehicle, and—in some cases—new lower horizontal lines echo those found on the front.