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2008 Kia Rio Review


Easy on the Pocket

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2008 Kia Rio

In short: A small, value-packed sedan.

Ranking among the most budget-friendly cars on the market with a base price of $10,890, the Kia Rio also comes with a solid range of warranties, which further sweeten the deal. This Korean-built sedan may be inexpensive, but it doesn’t skimp on protecting its passengers — the safety-conscious design includes six airbags, an impact-absorbing steering column and side-impact door beams. Agile maneuverability, not to mention a fuel-economy of 27 mpg during city driving conditions, helps compensate for its engine’s adequate 110 hp capabilities. For a starter vehicle in urban settings, this vehicle is a bargain.

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Warranty/Service: Ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty; five-year/60,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance.

Base Price: $10,890

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 1.6-liter DOHC with CVVT
110 hp @ 6,000 rpm
107 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual, overdrive

Curb weight: 2,365 lbs
Wheelbase: 98.4 in
166.9/66.7/57.9 in
Turning circle: 32.7 ft

Brakes: vented discs in front, drums in rear
Suspension: independent, MacPherson struts with coil springs and stabilizer bar in front; torsion beam, coil springs in rear

0-60 mph: n/a
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 27 mpg
EPA Highway:
32 mpg

Safety: dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, side-impact door beams

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Photography: Kia Media

(Updated: 02/06/12 NW)