2004 Kia Rio LS 1.3
Needs to be very patient
The driver's power window jammed after 3 months (??!!!) and central locking mechanism (tailgate) gave way after 6 months.
Generally, Rio is a very handsome car. I have the 5-door version (Cinco in US) with the 1.3 auto transmission. The car felt quite well screwed, but the lack of low-end pull is REALLY disappointing. Rear legroom is also very compromised if the driver were to push his seat any further to get a comfy driving position. Lastly, the brake system is one of the scariest I've tried in years! Other than the "dead" feeling (or rather the "no-feel") is seriously hampering some spirited driving.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th October, 2005
3rd Nov 2005, 04:12
Lower the height of the drivers seat. It gives a bit more leg room.
It is irritating that the Rio is built such that you can't see stop lights when you park close up.
21st Nov 2005, 00:20
I wish to know more on fuel consumption for Kia Rio 1.3A base on RM/km.
2nd Sep 2006, 12:37
After installing an after-market extractor, the car feels much better and livelier. Highway sprints can made with much ease and the fuel consumption had also improved. The brakes still leave much to be desired.
4th Apr 2007, 14:48
Could you please explain what an aftermarket "extractor" is? I was considering a Rio with the 1.6 until I drove one today and was extremely disappointed with the lack of takeoff power. It's not a sports issue, it's a safety issue for pulling out into traffic. When I left the dealer lot, I had to cross 3 lanes of oncoming 45m/h (US) traffic (about 60 feet) in good time to be safe, and that's not unusual in the US. I'd have been very afraid to try that in the Rio I had just driven, but if there's a performance enhancement I could add, that might change my mind.
Thanks for any help!
27th Jun 2007, 08:26
An after-market extractor is actually the exhaust manifold (likely to be called the "header" in some parts of the world). This is the first portion of the exhaust pipe which connects to the engine block. Trust me when I say that by simply changing to a tuned length extractor, mid-range pull will increase dramatically. As for low-end torque, I'm still working on that... Maybe an A'PEXI SAFC will do the job, haha... I believe you can easily get a tuned-length extractor in US, especially for the 1.6 MI-Tech engine... by the way, I'm driving a 1.3 SOHC 8-valve here in Malaysia : (