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2016 Kia Rio Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Kia Rio was new.


Interior: 8.5

Critics agree that the 2016 Kia Rio's interior is attractive and features good-quality materials for its price. They praise the Rio for its remarkably spacious front and back seats, which they say have good room for tall riders. The Rio sedan has a typical amount of trunk space for the class, and the hatchback model has a good amount of cargo space compared to that of rival hatchbacks. 

  • "The 2016 Kia Rio has a restrained yet stylish interior design." -- 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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 Kia Rio has seats for five and comes with a tilt steering wheel. Optional features include a telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Test drivers praise the Kia Rio for its very roomy seats in both rows, noting that taller riders will still have plenty of head- and legroom. A few writers also note that the front seats are well-bolstered, providing long-haul comfort.

  • "The Rio scores well in the areas of space and comfort. Even tall drivers will be comfortable behind the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel of Rio EX and SX trims (though the same can't be said of the base LX's tilt-only wheel), while the backseat offers generous passenger space for the segment." -- 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 (2015)
  • "Rear legroom is tight. …" -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "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 2016 Kia Rio's standard features include a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, an auxiliary audio input jack and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Unlike most cars in the class, the Rio doesn't come standard with power windows and door locks, but does offer them as options. Other available features include keyless entry, push-button start, a sunroof, cruise control, navigation, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and Kia’s voice-activated UVO infotainment system with a touch-screen display.

According to reviewers, the Kia Rio has an uncomplicated dashboard with intuitive and easy-to-read controls. A few also note that the available UVO and navigation systems are simple to operate. Some critics also point out that while the base model has few standard features, upper trims offer a good amount of equipment.

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  • "Like most other Kia models, the 2016 Rio's long list of available features and competitive price make it one of the value leaders in its class. Although the base Rio LX is rather spartan, the higher-end EX and SX trims pack respectable rosters of technology features and creature comforts." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 2016 Kia Rio sedan has 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for the class. The Rio hatchback has 15 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 49.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That's a good amount of overall cargo space for a hatchback in 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 (2015)
  • "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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