2005 Kia Rio User Reviews

2005 Kia Rio Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 6 reviews

  • Performance:2.2 out of 5 stars2.2 out of 5 stars2.2 out of 5 stars2.2 out of 5 stars2.2 out of 5 stars 2.2 / 5
  • Appearance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars 2.5 / 5
  • Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5

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"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"cheap car" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews

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NRichardson34 writes:
2005 Kia Rio Base Review
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3

Pros

Peppy engine, fun to drive, good on gas, low maintenance, smooth steering.

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Cheap interior quality, not much room, not very safe.

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2005 Kia Rio Base — The 2005 KIA Rio isn't the best car, but there's a few good things to say about it. It's cute, fun to drive, peppy, has in-control handling, and it's good on gas, but that's about it. It's pretty small on the inside, but if you buy a Rio you know what you're getting into. The KIA Rio is an entry-level car, so all you'll have is A/C, Power Locks, and a Radio. Going up hill is a hassle, and the interior noise is very loud. Love it or hate it though, the 2005 KIA Rio has a cute and quirky nature, and i'd still recommend it if you just need a cheap get-around car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tony writes:
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gas economy

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power

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Good Daily Driver — great on gas , and comfy , has a pretty good sound system for stock very gutless, poor take off. sounds like it has hamsters under the hood lol hasnt needed much work knock on wood, and i like the colour of it

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Kari writes:
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It has excellent gas mileage, great handling and is rather roomy for its size.

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The little four cylinder engine is a bit sluggish on the bottom end.

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Mia The Wonder Kia — This Rio is our first introduction to the Kia brand and we're very pleased! This little car has made us a solid Kia customers. It is one of our daily commute cars and our dedicated long trip vehicle. Very happy!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Katie writes:
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Gas mileage is great

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60k get the timing belt looked at and also mine idles really loud and vibrates!

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Too Basic — I like that it is standard, but a little too standard! A 4 cylinder engine so if you blow one cylinder you are pretty much S.O.L. So far the only repairs we needed is tires and the 60k mile check up! Also the timing belt is an issue in Rios around 60k miles so make sure you get it replaced! It is okay of a car if you want something cheap. Gas mileage I get roughly 25 city and 28 hwy. The gas tank is small so it is a good and bad thing...Good when you don't have to spend a fortune to fill it, but bad that the gas goes too fast! Also my car idles really loud and vibrates!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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CJ_M writes:
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fairly good gas mileage about 31 mpg

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no power and expensive to maintain

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It Was The Worst Vehicle I've Ever Owned — I would not recommend this vehicle. The acceleration is horrible and loses power on hills. The bumper is thin plastic over foam. Scratches very easily. I had a lot of problems with the radio and it has a lot of wind noise from the windows which the dealership was never able to fix. Also, maintenance is a major issue. You have to do a lot of expensive maintenance to these vehicles to keep them running. I was saving up to get the 60k servicing done when my timing belt stripped out. I no longer have an engine! Found out afterwards that it's a known issue and Kia will not do anything about it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cath writes:
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cheap to run

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not a sports car

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Love My Car — love my little rio it is cheap to run very comfortable to ride in for a little car. If I could afford it I would have a sports car but for price and reliablity this is great and it sits 4 quite comfortabley have done 46000 klms and no problems

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Reviews From Other Years

2012 Kia Rio Reviews

Average To Almost Good By Porsche931

I loved the look of the car, this is what drew mw to it, I did test drive one, but a short drive around the street is not like living with it day to day, the engine is harsh, unusual sounds from under... Read More

A Modern Subcompact That Needs No Excuses. By Sandro

Would trade some handling sharpness for a softer ride, steering feel is close to nil and very sensative to cross winds on freeways. Kia should head hunt some Ford chassis engineers like it did with Au... Read More

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2011 Kia Rio Reviews

Great Little Car Will Enjoy It For Years By Chris_Kia1

Great little gas saver so who could complain, but I think it needs a 6th gear. Engine seems to whine above 50, I haven't gone over 70 but for gas savings I shouldn't any way. Read More

It's A Lovely Car To Drive And It's White. By Tommy

Performance very good, acceleration,there when you want it,braking very sharp,handling,goes where you want it to go,built, very solid,No repairs needed,No squeaks or rattles, appearance, looks very st... Read More

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2009 Kia Rio Reviews

Very Likeable By esther178

excellent gas mileage and handles like a dream best car i have driven in a long time my new car has the look and feel of a more expensive vehicle Read More

Great Car By Courtney

gets graet gas mileage. It handles good. It is alittle bumpy but not to bad. So far I believe it was built good, but I have only had it fo four months. I think it is a fun car to drive. Read More

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2008 Kia Rio Reviews

An Excellent Vehicle For Getting Around Town Or Going On A Trip Is Even Better. By bobbyd154

I have saved over a zillion dollars on gasoline using this vehicle. I average 36 miles per gallon around town and recently, as well as when I first purchased it, I get an average of 42 mile per gallo... Read More

Great For Small Family By mrshenry

Fun, cute little car. Good for small family. Good gas mileage, handles well, even in snow. Has been reliable and hasn't had any problems. AUX port makes it easy to plug in my ipod and listen to some g... Read More

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2007 Kia Rio Reviews

Buy One Or Two Now By Courtney

very economical , massive boot , cold as air con , arm rest drivers seat , no squeaks or rattles after 60000 klms of driving has not broken down or let us down at all ,regular servicing and tires only... Read More

About My Kia Rio By Jude

Just that it never comes with alloy rims, leather interiors , loader cd player, etc....more like a corporate car...but has got every other simplicity of a car..With a little modifications on it, like ... Read More

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