For the past week, we’ve had the opportunity to test drive a Kia Rio. When the car was dropped off, I was a little hesitant because it appeared to be such a smaller car than we were used to. I didn’t know if it would be comfortable for the four of us. After driving it the first day, I was pleased to see how much room there is in this compact car and with all of its incredible features, I will be sad to see it go.
The keyless entry and push button start are definitely two of my favorite features. I also like the touch screen for the audio and navigation controls. It makes it easy to see, read, and tap. And the screen is really big which is so helpful when the reverse camera comes on. You can clearly see anything directly behind you.
Syncing the Bluetooth to my phone is also now a must have in my next car as is the seat warmers which would come in handy in our cold Cleveland winters. I also like the QR codes scattered throughout the start up guide. The videos are very helpful and the information really sticks. Sometimes when I read car instructional manuals I forget what I read just minutes later. The video are well done and have a great staying power helping me learn more about the car in a fun way.
I also like being able to connect my iPod or iPhone right to a cord included with the car. I was able to listen to my music playlists, or conference podcasts as you see in the video above, through the Rio’s speakers.
The backseat is a good size and comfortable for Kora and Logan. At 6- and 5-years-old they don’t take up a lot of space yet, but they are getting there. They fit well into the Rio and there were no complaints of feeling too cramped.
Another plus is Kora & Logan love the Rio too. They like being able to easily see the navigation map and watching our car as we drive along. When it first arrived Logan was so excited to ride it in. I’m not really sure what he was most looking forward to, but once he got in the car he immediately started looking around and was excited to see the map, the backseat pockets, and all the places he could put a cup if he had one.
Speaking of the backseat, I do wish that the parts you buckle the seatbelt into would stick up a bit further. Sometimes it’s difficult for the kids to buckle themselves and sometimes it’s even tough for me to do it for them. I also think the car is just a bit noisy on the highway. Nothing major and it’s to be expected in a compact car. I just turned the radio up a bit and wasn’t bothered.
We all love the Kia Rio and have found so many good things about the car, its size, storage, and features, that we have added it to our list of possibilities for the car shopping days that lay not too far ahead. With the keyless entry, push button start, large touch screen, navigation system, Bluetooth ability, and huge trunk space, the Rio is remarkable and we recommend it to anyone looking for compact car full of fantastic features.