2003 Kia Rio RX-V 1.6 from North America
Low end junk
The master power window lock does not work as promised and as listed in the manual. When the driver presses the power window lock, only the driver is supposed to be able to control all 4 power windows. Instead, nobody can control the power windows, not even the driver. The dealer I leased the car from simply said sorry, they are all like that and refused to do anything for me.
Noticed very early on that the fuel economy was below where it was supposed to be. Was only getting between 400 and KM on a full 45 liter tank of gas, and this was a mixture of city and highway. I only reached close to 500KM on a tank of gas if I did 100% highway driving. I complained to the dealer constantly after 1 1/2 months and having over 3500KM already on the vehicle. I was told that it was normal until the engine was partially broken in, which should be around 3000KM. I already had over 3000 so they backtracked and said wait till 5000 km.
When I complained after 5000KM, they said wait till 6000Km when I did my first oil change. This of course was in the late summer and the weather was beautiful so I wasn't overheating or freezing the engine. I now have almost 12,000KM on this car, it is winter and I am getting between 200 and 275KM on a full tank of gas. This works out to approx 17 miles / imperial gallon at best.
My Rio wagon has been in numerous times to the dealer I purchased it at and they cannot seem to find a problem. They simply keep telling me to wait till I have more KM on the vehicle so that it is broken in. I have now taken it to the only other KIA dealership in the city, who found numerous problems with the electronics and sensors, but have now waited over 2 weeks for KIA Canada to send them the parts.
The car is comfortable, looks nice and for the most part drives well. Unfortunately I received a lemon and even though it has a 5 year warranty, it doesn't seem to do any good since the service I have received is sub-par.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th March, 2004