Kia Rio Review from Venezuela

2003 Kia Rio RS 1.5

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40 kilometres
Most recent distance29000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort


The KIA Rio is good, basic transportation that gets you from point A to point B without a fuss


The battery was dead the day after delivery, and would not hold a charge. Had to really pester the dealer to give us a new battery.

After getting a flat tire, I discovered the dealer failed to supply a lug wrench. The Rio's lug nuts are a non-standard size.

Overall, I have been unsatisfied with the local KIA dealer here in Venezuela.

General Comments:

My wife loves "her" KIA. I like it too. It is a good car for the money.

We have taken several cross-country trips across Venezuela in this car. It has proven to be comfortable, reliable and economical (11 km/liter in the city).

The Latin American model is definitely different from the North American model. Style-wise and engine-wise, it would be a 2002 model in North America, but here was marketed and sold as a 2003. Also, the Latin American RS model is very basic with only a radio and air conditioning. There are no air bags. We did have the dealer install a stereo/CD player and after-market aluminum wheels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2005

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 1 review