Kia Rio Reviews from Singapore

2007 Kia Rio 1.4M Sedan 1.4 petrol

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance25000 kilometres
Previous carKia Picanto

Summary:

Beats all the car in the same segment

Faults:

Absolutely Nothing technically but paint works not very lasting.

General Comments:

It takes on very well in high speed, sharp turning and acceleration for such a car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2008

2001 Kia Rio LX 1.5 DOHC

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired50 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres

Summary:

Reliable with good performance

Faults:

Dash Board reflects badly.

Wheel bearings need to be changed twice within 3 years of purchase.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable with proper servicing and use.

Fuel consumption is average at 12km/l.

Cabin is quite small and ride comfort is average, but what do you expect from a car that cheap??

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2004

2002 Kia Rio LS 1.5 DOHC

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired52 kilometres
Most recent distance1067 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Swift

Summary:

Budget car

Faults:

So far so good consider it is a budget car in the first place. It beats dealing with shabby second car dealers.

General Comments:

Some oil stains found on engine, will have to check for suspected gasket slippage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2002

2001 Kia Rio LS 1.5

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired25 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous carDaewoo Cielo

Summary:

No major problem so far, only irritation. OK

Faults:

The dash reflex badly during the day and worst at night especially if it rains.

At 5000km, the interior plastic handle broke from its place. At close inspection, the hole that was screwed together to the door is too thin. All other door have the same design. Installed a plastic washer at the screws myself.

At 40000km major servicing, the front suspension was changed on warranty. It creaks when going over road humps and during hard breaking. The catalytic converter was also changed after noises came up during acceleration and cruising.

At 42500km the gears acted-up. Sometime its held onto the 3rd gear without any change-up. Early morning drive, the gear simply do not want to change up. Another particular behaviour is when I applied hard braking and the engine nearly stalled. This issue was solved when it was discovered that the the auto-gear oil is not top-up to the required level from the previous services.

General Comments:

All this while averages about 400km per fill-up in mixed driving. Highway driving could returned up to 450-480km per fill-up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2002

24th Sep 2004, 19:52

Despite the problems faced which were rectified, do you still feel it's a good car to have? Thank you.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews