2014 Kia Rio Hatchback Review

by | Oct 7, 2016 | Automobile

Long gone are those days when sub-compact vehicles such as the 2014 Kia Rio represented cheap, basic transportation and not much more. These hatchbacks and small sedans, on the contrary, now can satisfy an array of wants and needs. They are fantastic in large cities in which garages are compact (or even nonexistent) and parking space is restricted, and just as helpful on long trips in which their modest fuel intake leaves a bit more cash in your pocketbook. Inside this class, the Kia Rio stands out due to its impressive equipment list, handsome styling, and energetic acceleration.

Maybe you never expected a sub-compact vehicle to win you over with its spirited performance or upscale ambience; however, this entry level Kia will deliver in more ways than one. The Rio, inside, sold at our Used Kia Rio in NJ dealers, is well trimmed, and has nice quality surfaces as well as livable standard equipment level, even within its base model. As you begin to add on options such as keyless ignition, voice control interface, and leather upholstery, the Rio actually starts taking on a premium vibe. It also is a spacious car, particularly if you get the hatchback. The Rio, on the move, feels fast for a sub-compact, and it is fully able to keep up in expressway traffic.

The Kia Rio for 2014 is a strong pick for a hatchback or small sedan. It does not handle or ride as well as other class-leading competitors; however, it ought to win you over with its welcoming cabin, excellent value, and strong engine performance.

If there is a reason not to place your money into the Kia Rio for 2014, it is the vehicle’s lack of handling and ride sophistication. Its ride is busy and may be somewhat uncomfortable over any broken pavement, and this, along with excess wind and tire noise, may be irritating on long drives.


Stylish both inside and out; generous optional and standard features; quality interior materials on SX and EX; strong acceleration; long warranty; feels larger than it is.


Noisy cabin; lacks the handling/ride sophistication of competition.

What is New for 2014?

Apart from some small changes to improve aerodynamics underneath the car and revisions to its key fob and leather wrapped steering wheel, the Kia Rio for 2014 is unchanged.

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