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A Closer Look at the 2016 Kia Rio Hatchback

The 2016 Kia Rio Hatchback is an ideal choice for someone who needs a vehicle in the hatchback or subcompact sedan department. While the vehicle isn’t as refined as some of the competitors in the same class, it does offer a powerful engine and a cozy cabin. You can even rest easy knowing you are getting your money’s worth as this automobile is known to have excellent value.

2016 Rio HatchbackWhat’s New on the 2016 Rio Hatchback?

For the 2016 model, the manufacturer restyled both the taillights and the grille. They improved the materials used in the interior and they added more sound insulation. There is a new designer package available on the EX model that has two-tone upholstery with gorgeous gray accent stitches. The Rio Hatchbacks also come with a standard six-speed automatic transmission which is something that had not been offered in previous models.

Did you know the last time Kia remodeled this particular member of their product line was back in 2012? While it was already one of the more visually appealing vehicles within this class, it now features a subtler front and rear. It doesn’t have awkward proportions the way that some of the other subcompact vehicles in its class do. What really takes the cake on this automobile is the interior space. Like just about every other vehicle this manufacturer has created, there is a long list of available features for you to enjoy.

While The Vehicle Has Been Restyled, The Differences are Hard to Notice

Regardless of what trim you end up liking, the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is what powers every single 2016 Rio. It comes equipped with 138-horsepower which makes it one of the quicker subcompact vehicles on the road. Unfortunately, the fuel economy on this automobile is not as impressive. According to the EPA, it gets 31 MPG when you do a mixed driving of in the city and on the highway. This number, however, is high enough to still keep in line with competitors in the same class. The biggest complete people have when driving this vehicle is the suspension refinement that it lacks when compared to some rivals.

The brand new Kia Rio HatchbackSome of the competitors of this automobile including the Ford Fiesta and the Chevrolet Sonic offer smoother rides. This is true even when they are driving on rough terrain. The rougher ride and awkward handling makes the Kia Rio Hatcback significantly less appealing to some drivers.

This vehicle, just like every other subcompact car, has a limited amount of cargo space. It is a toss-up whether or not this is something you can really consider to be a downside as most people expect their subcompact vehicle to have little cargo space. It does, however, offer the comfortable and roomy interior you come to expect when shopping for this type of vehicle.

The Pros

The 2016 Kia Rio Hatchback is packed to the brim with style from the inside to the outside. It has a nice selection of standard and optional features. The EX and SX models are equipped with high quality material in the interior. Kia always offers a long warranty. This particular model has a nice, strong acceleration and a roomy interior.

The Cons

Obviously, no vehicle is perfect. Fortunately, the manufacturer did a pretty good job of limiting the downside. This automobile doesn’t have the same handling and riding sophistication as some of the other automobiles it rivals with. The LX model also lacks a telescoping steering wheel.

Body Styles and Options

You can get the 2016 Kia Rio as a hatchback or as a sedan. The hatchback is also known as the Kia Rio 5-Door. Both of these are available in SX, EX, and LX trim.

Standard features on the base LX trim include the 15-inch wheels, the air conditioning, the heated power mirrors, the height-adjustable driver seat, the tilt-only steering wheel, and so much more.

With the EX model, you get 15-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, fog lights, and a telescope steering wheel. If you are a larger driver (both in weight or height) you are going to want to stick to the options with telescoping steering wheels as they give you more ways to adjust to give yourself room to get comfortably behind the wheel. Steering wheels that only tilt may not be able to adjust enough for a driver who has a larger girth.

The EX and SX models are both known for their room and luxurious interiors. They are both considered to be pretty upscale options when it comes to subcompact vehicles.

Safety Ratings

It is normal to want to look at the safety of an automobile in great detail before making a decision. This vehicle comes with the standard four-wheel antilock brakes, hill-start assist, stability control, and plenty of airbags. You can even pay extra for the rear view cameras which is a great way to provide yourself with an extra set of eyes when you need to change lanes or drive in reverse.

The Kia Rio Hatchback (5-Door) is an affordable option and a great vehicle for a young driver to consider for his or her first vehicle. It is also an ideal choice for someone who is looking for a fun and sporty ride!