2009 Kia Rio5

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2009 Kia Rio5 Review

Equipped with a peppy attitude and a low price.

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The 2009 Kia Rio5 is the five-door hatchback version of the Kia Rio. There are three trim levels: the Base, LX and SX. With the launch of the 2009 Kia Rio5, little has changed since the second generation of the car was introduced in 2005. The only noticeable change includes upgrades to the audio system.

The Range

Body Styles: five-door hatchback
Engines: 1.6-liter, four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Rio5 LX, Rio5 SX

What's New

All 2009 Kia Rio5 trim levels receive additional features to their audio systems, including Sirius satellite radio with a complimentary three-month subscription, a USB port, and an auxiliary jack. The auxiliary jack provides a method of connecting those devices with an earphone jack to the audio system in place of a Bluetooth wireless connection.


The Kia Rio5 is based on the same redesigned platform used for the Hyundai Accent, but that is where the similarities end. The 2009 Kia Rio5 is more attractive and has improved performance and gas mileage.

The 2009 Kia Rio5 provides plenty of exterior options. The LX model comes standard with 14-inch steel wheels. The SX models sports 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, and a rear spoiler. The SX trim level also offers optional 16-inch alloy wheels.


The 2009 Kia Rio5 seats are comfortable, and the quality of materials is generally better quality than the competitions’. Considering the 2009 Kia Rio5 is a subcompact car, the interior feels roomy with plenty of headroom and legroom for most passengers. Those taller than six feet may find it uncomfortable for longer drives. Cargo space is good and can be significantly increased when the seats are folded down.

There is no center console between the front seats, but a fold-down armrest comes standard on the driver’s side. A four-speaker radio with CD/MP3 player and satellite radio is included in both trim levels. Additional features for the LX trim model include air-conditioning, power steering, and a 60/40 split for the back seat. The SX trim level also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and metallic interior trim. Both the LX and SX models offer an optional power package, which includes keyless entry and power accessories.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Kia Rio5 is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that provides 110 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual transmission, although a four-speed automatic is optional on both models. Because the 2009Kia Rio5 is a small car, the engine provides plenty of power and feels quick. It also handles well and is peppy. At higher speeds, the engine can get noisy and can be heard within the cabin.


Side airbags in the front seats, adjustable rear headrests, and full-length side curtain airbags are standard in both the LX and the SX. Anti-lock disc brakes are optional. The 2009 Kia Rio5 safety scores are not all that impressive. Side impact crash testing provided only three out of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety only gave the 2009 Kia Rio5 an ""acceptable"" rating in frontal-offset tests and a ""poor"" rating in the side-impact test.

EPA Fuel Economy

Rio5: 27/33 mph city/highway
Rio5 LX, SX: 27/35 mpg city/highway

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