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2015 Kia Rio Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price

2015 Kia Rio Review Australia


Since November 1999, Kia has been producing the Kia Rio. It is a subcompact car that is now in its fourth generation. The body styles that the Kia Rio includes are a three and five-door hatchback and four-door sedan. These cars are equipped with inline-four gasoline and diesel engines with front-wheel drive. In this article, we are going to review the 2015  Kia Rio, which is a stylish, smart, and sculpted vehicle.


The 2015 Kia Rio has the versatility that most people expect from a distinctive hatchback. This hatchback brings updated details that improve drivability and comfort. The Kia Rio is somewhat similar to Kia Cerato and Picanto. It gives competition to some expensive rivals like Toyota Yaris and  Mazda 2. 


2015 Kia Rio engine: 

The base model of Kia Rio 2015 runs with the help of a 1.4-litre, fuel-injected, four-cylinder petrol engine. This engine produces 79kW of power and 135 Nm of torque. If you want an updated direct-injection engine, you can get the 1.6-litre car. The fuel claim of the 2015 Kia Rio is 5.7-litres/100km. 


2015 Kia Rio exterior:

The design director named Peter Schreyer joined the brand a few years ago. Since then, Kia has thrown away the bubbly, bland shapes and generic looks. Instead, now they are influenced by crispy and well-proportioned looks. The 2015 Rio also has a well-proportioned look and an apparent European influence. 


The 2015 Kia Rio has two body styles, and we are happy with both of them. We do believe that the five-door hatchback stands out. It has a more cohesive design. 


Both the body styles of the 2015 Rio have swept-back headlights, a neat contrasting grille and a rounded rear end. All these features give it a classic hot-hatch look that too without getting carried away. 


The sides of the Kia 2015 body has angled creases that give it a rakish visual stance. The five doors Kia Rio gets a sportier look, thanks to the split lower air intakes and tighter grille. 


The four-door body style of Kia Rio, like other sedans, is tall and not so proportional. Like the Ford Fiesta four-door, Kia Rio does a better job of making the shape work in such an abbreviated space. 


2015 Kia Rio interior:

On the inside, the 2015 Kia Rio has a bit tighter cabin than some of its rivals. Still, it is nicely trimmed and has got a premium and grown-up option for the materials used. It also has a 101.2-inch wheelbase, 160 inches of length, and cargo space of 15 cubic feet. 


The sloped roofline of Kia Rio puts it right behind the Hyundai Accent when it comes to the interior space.  If you are looking for versatile cargo space, the Rio is a competitive package compared to most other small cars. 


The seats of the Kia Rio are very comfortable, especially the front seats of the Rio are very good. They have long bottom cushions that provide class and are perfect for travelling. The sporty Model of Rio, like the SX, comes along with more seat bolstering. 


The rear seats of the 2015 Kia Rio is a bit too tight. When the front seats near the back of their travel, the passengers at the back seats would have enough knee or foot space. The space at the back and also the headroom of the Kia is on the right side. 


Coming to the cargo space, you would not get any better than other sodas. Still, Kia's truck can hold big-box boxes, and travel bags do fit nicely. Inside the cabin, most material used is soft, and there is more rigid plastic there where the passengers will not likely touch them.


2015 Kia Rio Safety:

Upon crash testing, the 2015 Kia Rio scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating out of five. The  2015 Kia Rio has a respectable safety score. It also has a rearview camera system.  


The safety features that come standard with the 2015 Kia Rio are on the less impressive side of the scale.


It incorporates the usual dual front, side, and curtain airbags and some other safety features include:

 Anti-lock brakes

 Stability control

 Hill-start assist

 Rearview camera


2015 Kia Rio price:

Kia Rio 2015 is one of the better vehicles in the segment that is priced from an affordable $15,990 range plus on roads increase the price to about $18 grand drive away. The prices may differ depending on the condition and mileage of the vehicle.



 It has a sharp, Euro-styled exterior

 The Rio has an on-point cabin

 It runs on a smooth drivetrain

 Provides good features for the money spent



 The cabin is a bit too tight

 It has small back seats

 It is adequate but not very quick


The final verdict!

The 2015 Kia Rio is not a bad option as Rio doesn't have any obvious flaws or omissions. This variant of Kia has the latest iteration that offers crips and stylish European design. The interior is cleanly styled and is packed with features. The engine is also agreeably fuel-efficient. If you decide upon buying a second hand 2015 Kia Rio, make sure that you get to know about all historical accounts of it. You can get the hidden past of any Australian car via the Quick Revs online portal. We provide a detailed report in a short period at an affordable price.

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