What You Need to Know About the 2018 Kia Rio Sedan and Hatchback

2018 Kia Rio hatchback and sedan

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand

Just like that river twisting through a dusty land

And when she shines she really shows you all she can

Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande

“Rio” by Duran Duran

Duran Duran’s classic hit “Rio” came out nearly two decades before Kia’s subcompact car, but many elements of the song could be about the car as well. You can see the Rio on the beach and on TV, and it’s popular from the mountains in the north down to the Rio Grande.

Learn more about how this fun to drive car can make you feel alive.

The Kia Rio: What You Need to Understand


The all new 2018 Kia Rio will be available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, both available in a variety of trims. The Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Both models owe their popularity in part to their excellent fuel efficiency, getting 27 MPG in the city and 36 on the highway.


The Rio may be an “entry level” vehicle, but it is no way “basic transportation.” Beginning with its distinctive front grill and flowing back over sculpted lines, the Rio paints a sleek, aerodynamic picture.

On the ground, the Rio sedan arrives with available 15” alloy wheels, while the hatchback goes a bit larger with 17” wheels.


The spacious and comfortable interior features two-tone seats and plenty of headroom and legroom for both front and rear passengers.

You can fit more into this subcompact than you might expect. The trunk of the sedan holds 13.7 cubic feet of cargo. The Rio hatchback starts with 15 cubic feet, with 60/40 split rear seats that fold for a total of 49.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

There’s more places to store thing in the Rio than the truck, with additional room in the front and rear doors, an illuminated glove box, and an available center console with armrest.

Test Drive a New Kia Rio Near Charlotte, NC

Start your adventure when the new Kia Rio Sedan or 5-door Rio Hatchback become available at Union County Kia in Monroe, North Carolina. Get in touch with us if you want to be one of the first to know when these models arrive.

Our dealership is just outside of Charlotte and close to Indian Trail. We look forward to meeting you.

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