2003 Kia Rio Review from Australia and New Zealand

2003 Kia Rio LS 1.5 petrol

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance32000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore


A good small car for general transportation


The car has been excellent, since new I have encountered no mechanical problems, however about 10,000 kms after purchase the factory cd player died and was replaced under warranty. The interior seems to be wearing a little quicker then I would like, but that's about it really.

General Comments:

I bought this car to replace my ageing and very thirsty commodore, to be used as a daily commuter, and it has fulfilled my wishes and done so much more. Buying from a relatively new car manufacturer in Australia I was a little weary at first however the rio has proved to be great around town, has yet to skip a beat and will happily lug myself and three other passengers across the northern territory. The car also performs well on the freeway for one of modest capacity although I do find that road noise can be intrusive and at speed the car crashes over potholes. The air-con works well and the car is generally comfortable however the rather firm seats can become uncomfortable after an hour or two of driving. Overall a pretty good job from Kia and if the car reliably carries me to 100,000 kms I will be happy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2006

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review