The 2007 Kia Rio continues with the 2006 redesign, making up for what first-generation Kia lacked. With an improvement in driving dynamics, performance, cabin refinement, and overall comfort, the new Rio pleases almost every type of driver. Kia engineers produce a well-built, small car filled with features that actually delivers a pleasant drive.
The Kia Rio family gains an addition for the 2007 year with the introduction of a sedan Rio model, the SX. It runs along the same lines as the Rio5 SX hatchback wagon. The Rio comes in three trim levels: base, LX, and SX, and the Rio5 only offers the SX trim level.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Kia Rio Base, Kia Rio LX, Kia Rio SX
Since everything starts new for 2006, minimal changes occur for the 2007 Kia Rio. An ignition switch with illumination, newly designed wheels, and an SX version for the sedan debut this year. Sixteen-inch wheels provide a new optional feature for SX models.
The 2007 Kia Rio’s exterior enhances with the choice of vibrant colors of exterior paint to suit any taste. The available trims include the base, the LX, and the SX. Beginning with the base model, the standard features seem sparing. The base model sits on 175/70R14 skinny tires and 14-inch steel wheels. The LX has 185/65R14 tires and the same steel 14-inch wheels. Lastly, the new, sportier SX version adds fog lights to enhance the exterior presence, as well as a rear spoiler and 15-inch alloy wheels. Optionally, the 16-inch alloys add to the SX.
The subcompact 2007 Kia Rio sedan has four doors and seats adults comfortably with its newly redesigned seats. The base model includes a slight amount of features, such as manual steering, front airbags, a tachometer, and attractive cabin materials. The LX model adds quite a few features that include air-conditioning, power steering, a CD player, a tilt steering wheel, and a split-folding rear seat. The upper-level SX adds metallic interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic cabin accents, a red and black cabin theme, and metal pedals. Many Kia Rio shoppers prefer the LX sedan, which represents the middle trim level, because of the sufficient equipment included with the smaller price tag. An optional Power package contains most of the power accessories that a driver needs.
Performance & Handling
Power for the 2007 Kia Rio comes from the 1.6-liter inline-four that generates 110 horsepower with 107 lb-ft torque. All models come with the standard manual five-speed transmission, but the automatic four-speed provides an option for all except the base model. The Rio has more power than its rivals even though the automatic transmission doesn’t give as hefty acceleration as others. Driving through traffic seems great with the well-timed shifts. Getting up to higher freeway speeds, the Rio gets a bit noisy while under full throttle and then cruises very quietly once up to speed. The fuel economy ratings reach above average for the subcompact sedan, getting around 38 mpg during highway driving. This may mark another reason for the model’s popularity and extended consumer base.
Standard features for the Kia Rio include side airbags, complete curtain airbags, and a three-point seat belt for each seating position. The SX and LX trim levels have standard adjustable headrests. Anti-lock brakes provide an option on upper-level models as well. In the NHTSA front crash tests, the Kia Rio earns four stars for driver and five stars for occupant protection. In side crash tests the Kia receives four stars for occupants in the front and three stars for rear occupants.
EPA Fuel Economy
Kia Rio Base: 27/32 mpg city/highway
Kia Rio LX: 27/35 mpg city/highway
Kia Rio SX: 27/35 mpg city/highway
Kia Rio Rio5 SX: 27/35 mpg city/highway
- Stable handling
- Smooth ride
- Standard curtain airbags
- Liberal warranty
- Good-looking interior
You Won't Like
- No cruise control available
- Uncomfortable front seats
- Inexpensive plastic trim
- Automatic slower than competition
A pleasant, comfortable automobile that marks the smallest auto Kia has on the market, but also the biggest bargain.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Honda Civic
- Acura TSX
- Audi A7
- Honda Accord
- Hyundai Accent