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2015 Kia Rio Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Kia Rio was new.


Interior: 8.3

The base 2015 Kia Rio’s interior quality isn’t particularly impressive, critics say, but EX and SX trims have upgraded materials that make the Rio’s cabin one of the nicest in the class. The 2015 Rio also earns praise for its straightforward controls and user-friendly infotainment system. Additionally, the Rio hatchback offers more overall cargo space than many competing subcompact cars.

  • "The materials quality is nothing special in the base LX, but the added soft-touch surfaces, armrest cushioning and tasteful metallic accents found in the upper trims make the Rio's cabin one of the finest in the subcompact segment." -- Edmunds
  • "Not surprising for an entry-level sedan and hatchback whose price ranges from under $15,000 to over $20,000, the Rio's 5-passenger cabin varies from rather plain to rather impressive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside, the airy cabin features switchgear and materials that wouldn't be out of place in a car priced on the other side of $20,000." -- Left Lane News
  • "Interior is an attractive combination of hard plastics and strategically placed soft-touch surfaces. Overall, the cabin presents well for the class with simple, tasteful detailing." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The 2015 Kia Rio seats five and comes standard with a tilt steering wheel. Available features include a telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Automotive journalists say the front seats are supportive and comfortable, even for taller people. Some write that the back seat lacks legroom, but others note that it offers plentiful headroom and seems class-competitive overall.

  • "Even tall drivers should be comfortable behind the tilt-and-telescoping wheel (EX and SX models), while the backseat offers a competitive amount of space." -- Edmunds
  • Headroom is generous, even for six footers. Legroom is more of a challenge, but a taller male should be able to fit behind another of like size for at least a short journey with some cooperation on front-seat placement." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Rear legroom is tight. …" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Nicely bolstered front seats upholstered with cloth nicer than the econocar norm provided daylong comfort for this jetlagged driver." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

Interior Features

The 2015 Kia Rio comes standard with a four-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port, an auxiliary audio input and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Available features include power windows and door locks, keyless entry, push-button start, a sunroof, automatic headlights, cruise control, navigation, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and Kia’s voice-activated UVO infotainment system with a touch-screen display.

Test drivers agree that the Rio’s audio and climate controls are user-friendly, as is the UVO infotainment system. Some also write that the navigation system is one of the best on the market.

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  • "Good luck finding a base-model, factory-installed navigation unit as good as this one, if you can find one at all. The Rio's nav system is just another positive aspect of Kia's impressive UVO infotainment system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Simple, straight forward controls are well marked and easy to use." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Interior materials are nice for the segment and the center stack with the touchscreen and large buttons are very easy to use." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "The climate and audio controls are easy to use, while the available Uvo voice-activated electronics interface is another nice bonus." -- Edmunds (2013)  


The 2015 Kia Rio sedan has 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the class. The hatchback has 15 cubic feet behind the back seats, and 49.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is large for the class. Reviewers like that the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats fold flat, which makes for a larger, more useful cargo area.

  • "Notably, the rear seats in all Rios are split 60/40 and fold completely flat." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seats … fold almost completely flat on our hatchback (we have yet to sample a sedan), creating one of the larger rear holds in the segment." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "There's a nice open bin in front of the shifter, and it's placed under two 12V sockets and the auxiliary and USB ports. A large glovebox, console bin, and small open cubby next to the radio provide additional storage." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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