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2017 Kia Rio Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Kia Rio was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

The 2017 Kia Rio has a surprisingly upscale interior for its price point. Its materials are of impressive quality, including its plastics. The Kia Rio has a good amount of standard tech features that are easy to use, but it's lacking in active safety features that many competitors offer. There's plenty of headroom for front and rear passengers alike, but taller riders may wish for more back-seat legroom. In the sedan, trunk space is average for the class. The Rio hatchback, however, offers more cargo space than competing hatchbacks.

  • Comfortable, attractive and assembled with a feeling of quality, the interior of the 5-passenger Rio never feels cheap or too plastic. However, in entry-level models that start under $15,000, you'll be cranking your own windows and forgoing a telescoping steering wheel. Higher-end trim levels, however, look and feel premium thanks to a slick 7-inch touch-screen command system, leather trim and a power sunroof." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2016 Kia Rio has a restrained yet stylish interior design." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

The Kia Rio has seating for five, and a tilt steering wheel is standard. Leather-trimmed seats are available in the upper trim. The driver has plenty of space, and the available telescoping steering wheel can help them easily find a comfortable position. There's plenty of headroom in both rows, but back-seat passengers with long legs may find legroom to be inadequate.

The Kia Rio's LATCH car-seat system includes upper tethers and lower anchors in the rear outboard seats, and an upper tether in the rear middle seat.

  • Rear legroom can be tight, but every new Rio has a 60/40-split-folding rear seat for extra cargo." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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)

Interior Features

Many cars in the class don’t come standard with power windows and power door locks, and neither does the Rio. You'll need to step up to the second trim level to get both features. However, you still get a good amount of standard features in the 2017 Rio, including a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Upper trims come standard with remote keyless entry, power windows, power door locks, a six-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Features available in the EX include Kia's UVO infotainment system with a 4.3-inch color touch-screen audio display, a rearview camera, an engine stop-start system, and leather-trimmed upholstery.

The Rio isn't available with any active safety features aside from a rearview camera. Meanwhile, some other cars in the class come standard with a rearview camera, while also offering additional safety features like blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

The 2017 Rio's dashboard has large, legible buttons that make it easy to adjust climate and audio settings. With its straightforward menus, the available infotainment system is easy to operate and one of the best in the class. The available eServices package includes emergency assistance and traffic information for added convenience.

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  • "We've tested plenty of base-model navigation setups but the 7-inch touch-screen navigation unit offered in the 2017 Kia Rio sedan and hatchback is among the best. When coupled with the UVO infotainment and eServices package it's almost as useful as a smartphone plus it includes traffic information and rearview camera display." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 Kia Rio sedan's trunk has 13.7 cubic feet of space, which is average for the class. The Rio hatchback has 15 cubic feet behind its back seats and 49.8 cubic feet with the back seats folded. That's one of the highest overall hatchback cargo capacities in the class. The back seats are 60/40 split-folding, and since they fold flat, you get maximum storage space.

  • "… every new Rio has a 60/40-split-folding rear seat for extra cargo. This really helps in the 5-door hatchback, which boasts nearly 50 cubic feet of space with seats folded." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Notably, the rear seats in all Rios are split 60/40 and fold completely flat." -- Edmunds (2015)

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