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2018 Kia Rio Information Page


Break all the rules.

We started with an idea. To reinvent practical without compromising on style. The result is the convention-breaking 2018 Rio. Sleeker and longer, with a wider stance and geometric surfaces, the next-generation Rio is more than your everyday car. It's sophisticated style in subcompact form.

Turn a few heads.

A dashing aerodynamic profile. A sculpted silhouette. Delivering modern details and just-right proportions, the reinvented Rio makes functional look good.


Head on, the 2018 Rio is both approachable and athletic. Featuring multi-reflector halogen headlights, available fog lights, and Kia's iconic tiger-nose grille.


Bold strokes and strong lines give the Rio its aerodynamic silhouette. And available 15" split-spoke alloy wheels show off its sporty side.


Eye-catching tail lights and a unique bumper graphic emphasize the all-new Rio's wide and stable stance.


The scenic route, every time.

Enjoy the view no matter the destination. The 2018 Rio features a clean, modern cabin with driver-focused innovations and a streamlined layout, plus flexible seating and storage for optimized versatility. It's the sleek interior designed to fit, and enhance, your lifestyle.

One part fun. One part function.

The Rio's redesigned center console has everything you need conveniently within reach. The innovative two-tier tray is useful for storing your cell phone or other small items, and the modern floating display allows for a bigger screen while staying true to the interior's clean, uncluttered look.

Your feel-good cabin.

Take a seat in the Rio's stylishly comfortable cabin, packaged with plush seating, an available leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 6-way adjustable driver's seat for personalized comfort. We've even lengthened the sliding center armrest to give you more support while you drive.

Versatile style.

Be road-trip ready at a moment's notice. The 2018 Rio features a wider trunk opening for faster, more convenient packing. And the 60/40 split-folding rear seat offers plenty of ways to comfortably fit your cargoeven the extra-long items.


Cleverly equipped.

Some advanced tech is made to be seen, like the available Apple Carplay™ and Android Auto™ for easy smartphone connectivity. Others are made to take action, like available Kia Drive Wise innovations that work automatically to help you stay alert. Find them both on the high-tech 2018 Rio.

Always looking ahead.

Stay alert with Kia Drive Wise, Kia's suite of driver-assistive technologies designed to take action when you need it. The available Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) offers audible and visual alerts if it detects a potential hazard in your path. And the available Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system can automatically apply the brakes if the system anticipates a frontal collision.

Connect to your world.

Meet your co-pilot for staying connected. UVO, Kia's exclusive connectivity system, comes with intuitive smartphone in-car connection, Bluetooth® hands-free wireless technology, and convenient tools for maintaining your Rio. Discover more at

Apple CarPlay™

Apple CarPlay™ makes it easy to stay connected. Send texts verbally, receive calls, and access your favorite apps all while keeping your focus on the road-without touching your phone. Learn more about Apple CarPlay™ and download the guide.

Android Auto™

Take all your favorite Android features on the road. With Android Auto™, you can make calls, dictate texts, and access voice-guided navigation directly from your Rio. Learn more about Android Auto™ and download the guide.

My Car Zone™

Keep track of your Rio even when you're not in it. My Car Zone™ lets you set speed limits, curfews, and boundaries of where you want it to go, and alerts you when they've been broken.


UVO's intelligent system helps you stay on top of maintenance with regular diagnostic checks and checkup notifications.

Automatic manual.

The Rio was designed to be smart and intuitive, and our interactive Augmented Reality (AR) Owner's Manual is no different. Just scan the dash or under the hood with your mobile device, and you'll see features of your new Rio pop up on your screen. Or simply sit back and take a tour from the comfort of your couch. It's how Kia puts innovation into the palm of your hand. Download the AR Owner's Manual App for your compatible Apple® or Android™ device.


Engineered for fun.

With a drive performance this big, the 2018 Rio goes beyond what's expected. From the responsive handling to the powerfully-efficient engine, the all-new Rio proves great things do come in small packages.

Power play.

An enhanced engine and a re-engineered 6-speed automatic transmission are just two of the many refinements that make the all-new Rio fun to drive. Add the updated braking system and Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS), and you've got increased control and responsiveness behind the wheel.

On the move.

Manufactured with high-quality, insulating materials and 30% more Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS), the 2018 Rio delivers its smoothest and quietest ride yet.


Prized protection.

Every vehicle in Kia's lineup is engineered with your safety in mind. And the 2018 Rio, with its suite of passive and active safety systems, is no different. Reinforced with 30% more Advanced High-Strength Steel for increased rigidity, the next-generation Rio is built to be strong-and to help protect you and your passengers when it matters most.

Smart control.

Active and adaptive, just like you. The 2018 Rio is equipped with active safety systems designed to sense and react to your driving conditions. Like the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), which helps you maintain control when braking, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which helps you stay on course with improved stability. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) helps keep your Rio in place as you move off an incline.

Advanced airbags.

Heightened protection comes standard with the Rio's advanced airbag system. It features dual front, side, and side curtain airbags, as well as sensors that can detect the level of an impact and the presence of a front-seat passenger.

Anywhere With You Is Home

Small can do big.

You can fit a lot of big adventure into the compact 2018 Rio. With all its technology, connectivity, and creature comforts, it inspires fun for any road trip. It even inspired YouTube celebrity Kurt Hugo Schneider to direct a new music video featuring Sam Tsui and Alyson Stoner. Listen to the love and imagine all the roads to adventure you can explore with you, your friends, and your Rio. Where will the wind blow you #inriolife?

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Small reinvented.

The 2018 Rio may be small, but it's packed with high-tech features and driver-focused comforts so that you can go big. Musician Julian Smith did just that in the next-gen Rio 5-Door. Recording rhythmic sounds using the hood, pedals, and everything in between, Smith and his crew pack in and out of the Kia with ease. Now that's music to our ears.

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