2009 Kia Rio LX 1.6L from North America




Cylinder 4 oil ring failure at 5,000kms.

Used 1.0L of oil every 900 kms.

Cylinder rebuilt under warranty at 13,000kms.

Cylinder 4 & 1 oil ring failures at 17,000kms.

Block damaged and unrepairable.

Used 1.0L of oil every 900 kms.

Block, pistons, crankshaft replaced under warranty.

Cylinder head and valve train original.

Immediately after engine replacement, major coolant leak. Source unknown.

Dealership used Bardahl Stop Leak to attempt to stop the leak (on a new engine!).

Coolant leak continues albeit reduced in spill rate.

CD in radio started to chatter and freeze. 18,000 kms.

Car currently has 19,000kms and is 6 months old. I hate to think what's coming. This car is a lemon.

General Comments:

Fuel consumption is very good (~40mpg (imperial)).

Handles very well (go-cart like).

Suspension is stiff.

Nice looking car.

Seats are not too comfortable.

Interior space is large for this class of car.

Engine burns oil and leaks coolant.

Dealership seems unable to fix the problems. They smile, and are useless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th October, 2009

5th Aug 2010, 10:49

I don't have the final problem, but I have fuel spill out when I fill up the car. I took it to the dealer 3 times and I have to go back. Last time the wrong part came in. No compensation for my troubles. This is all under warranty.

2009 Kia Rio SX 1.6L gasoline from North America


A fun, inexpensive, stylish fuel sipping car


At some gas stations, not all, when I fill up the tank, the fuel will sometimes spray out of the hole when full.

General Comments:

When I first went to look at a Kia, I was not expecting much. I have always heard they are a piece of junk. Not any more, Kia has seriously improved their quality.

I need a car with great gas mileage that was actually affordable to me. The Kia Rio is that car. The automatic transmission actually gets better fuel efficiency than the manual transmission. The 4 speed with overdrive provides acceptable acceleration with good cruising gear for highway driving. At 75 MPH it turns 3000 RPM. Not bad for a 1.6L engine.

I do about 50% city and 50% highway driving, and have never got less than 32 MPG. My best observed MPG was 37 MPG on a road trip. The engine is equipped with CVVT (continuously variable valve timing) and 4 valves per cylinder making a decent 110 HP. You will not win any races, but for the weight of this car it's enough.

So far the auto transmission is super smooth during shifts. It does seem to shift to a higher gear sometimes too soon. When it does it just has to downshift again. It handles well in corners for its size. I had to make an hard right emergency lane change at 50 MPH and it held the road just fine.

The Rio does not have an option for cruise control. This almost made me not get the Rio. However I searched the Internet and found an aftermarket cruise control for the Rio that works great.

The interior also impressed me. Kia has worked on the detail of the stereo and gauges. The interior is still made with seemingly cheap plastic, but hey, it's an affordable sub-compact car, if you want a leather luxury interior go with a BMW.

For the small price difference I would recommend getting the SX trim package. It comes with the rear spoiler, aluminum gas pedals, silver lined trim, floor mats, 15 inch alloy wheels with wider tires, fog lights, and red stitched "sport" seats.

Finding a car for this price with Kia's 10 Year / 100,000 Mile warranty, and 6 standard airbags is almost impossible. So far I am 100% satisfied with my car and see, with regular maintenance, many worry free miles ahead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2009

22nd Sep 2009, 02:00

Perfect review! I have a 2009 Kia Rio LX, and LOVE it! It's a second car for us, but I love everything about it. A car is to get one from point A to B -- that's exactly what it does. I feel it's worth what I paid for it. It gets great gas mileage, zooms around like a charm, and I think it's classy looking.

I haven't had one single problem with it. The warranty and road side assistance are amazing perks, as is the Sirius radio. I expect to see this little charmer on the road for many years to come. For what I want in a car, this does the job -- and more!