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Average User Score
4.4 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 9 reviews
2008 Kia Rio Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 9 reviews
Virtually unchanged from 2007, the 2008 Kia Rio features the shortest name and one of the shortest pricetags in the subcompact car segment. Available as either a sedan or Rio5 hatchback, the front-wheel-drive 2008 Rio comes as a Base, LX, or SX. For 2008, the Rio5 adds an LX trim, and a new audio input jack is included in all but the Base trims.
Great for city driving, but a little noisy and bumpy on the highway, the 2008 Kia Rio comes with Kia's 10-year/100,000-mile warranty and a 110-hp, 1.6-liter inline four that gets 27/32 mpg. A five-speed manual is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. More a personal than family car, it is surprisingly roomy and comfortable inside. Base models start with very little other than a tachometer and tire monitor â?? no air conditioning, CD player, or radio. The rear seats don't fold down in the Base. LX and SX trims add all of these, but power features are still optional, as are ABS brakes (not offered in the Base trim). Dual front-side and side curtain airbags are standard across the lineup, earning four-star crash ratings.
The SX upgrades from the LX by adding larger 15-inch wheels, a leather steering wheel, and foglights. In the Rio5 hatchbacks, the rear seats fold up and nearly flat, increasing cargo area to almost 50 cubic feet, offering more space than in the sedan, where the seats do not fold flat. If you're looking for a good and reliable commuter car that's easy to park and easy on the wallet, the 2008 Kia Rio might be a good buy. High praise goes to its handling, interior comfort and layout, and extended warranty. A somewhat inadequate engine for highway driving and wind noise are the most noticeable drawbacks.
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Kia Rio Questions
Have A 2008 Rio 5 And The Ignition Switch Won't Turn. The Steering Wheel Is...
My Rio 5's ignition switch won't turn. We've tried moving the steering wheel in case it locked. Won't turn. does anyone have any ideas?
How Do I Install New Air Conditioner Condenser
no leaks detected in piping. compresser works when Freon full.
I Have A 2008 Kia Rio And My Key Works The Door And Trunk Locks But Won't T...
2008 kia rio key will not turn the ignition shift wont move out of park
Seems Like My 2008 Kia Rio Wont Go From Low Gear To Drive
Once in a while the low gear does not slip into drive. If I let it set for say 2 hours. It slides right into drive and lasts for about a day, on the way home if I got tied up in traffic, it would do t...
Sound Like A Fog Horn / Car Cuts Out
My kia was traveling down a road on a long trip. There was a sound like something dropped out of the engine. But the car ran fine. As I was driving down the road today, it made a fog horn sound from...