The Kia Rio has entered 2022 unchanged apart from new badges, but it’s gotten pricier.

    All models bar the SX Limited Edition, which has carried over into 2022, have received a $600 price increase.

    Current drive-away pricing is also up by $1000 in the S and Sport and $2000 in the GT-Line, with prices ranging from $21,490 to $27,990 drive-away at the time of writing.

    Kia attributes the price increases to external factors such as exchange rates and business costs, and the Rio is among several Kia model lines so affected.

    Though a Rio sedan was available in the past and is sold in other markets, the current, fourth generation is sold only as a hatchback in Australia and battles rivals such as the Mazda 2, MG 3, Suzuki Swift and Toyota Yaris.

    With 5644 sales in 2021, it was the second best-selling light car in Australia, if well behind the MG 3 (13,744). It was also outsold by the recently introduced Stonic (7645), with which it shares its platform and engines and has a near-identical interior.


    • 2022 Kia Rio S manual: $19,690 (+$600)
    • 2022 Kia Rio SX manual: $20,090
    • 2022 Kia Rio Sport manual: $21,190 (+$600)
    • 2022 Kia Rio S auto: $21,990 (+$600)
    • 2022 Kia Rio SX auto: $22,390
    • 2022 Kia Rio Sport auto: $23,490 (+$600)
    • 2022 Kia Rio GT-Line auto: $25,590 (+$600)

    All prices exclude on-road costs.


    The 2022 Kia Rio range comes with a choice of two engines.

    The S, SX and Sport use a naturally-aspirated 1.4-litre four-cylinder with 74kW of power and 133Nm of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

    The range-topping Rio GT-Line has a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine with 74kW and 172Nm. It’s mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

    Fuel Economy

    The 2022 Kia Rio consumes 5.6L/100km on the combined cycle when equipped with the six manual transmission and 6.0L/100km with the automatic.

    The punchiest powertrain is also the thriftiest. The range-topping Rio GT-Line has a combined fuel economy rating of 5.3L/100km.

    All models have a 45L fuel tank and run on 91RON regular unleaded fuel.


    The 2022 Kia Rio measures 4065mm long (4070mm in the GT-Line), 1450mm tall and 1725mm wide on a 2580mm long wheelbase.

    Total luggage space is 325L, expanding to 980L with the rear seats folded.

    Servicing and Warranty

    All 2022 Kia Rio models with the 1.4-litre require servicing every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first. The Rio GT-Line requires servicing every 10,000km.

    Kia backs the Rio with a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and offers seven years of capped-price servicing.

    The first seven services are capped at $283, $484, $338, $704, $319, $602 and $569 in the GT-Line.

    In the S and Sport, they’re capped at $269, $455, $323, $608, $303, $586 and $322.


    When the Kia Rio was tested by ANCAP in 2017, it received a rating of five stars. That was based on a frontal offset crash rating of 14.52 out of 16 and a side impact score of 16 out of 16, while whiplash and pedestrian protection were rated Good and Acceptable, respectively.

    All 2022 Kia Rio models come standard with anti-lock brakes and front, front side, and curtain airbags.

    Sport and GT-Line models add autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as lane-keep assist and driver attention monitoring.

    Features such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert can be found on Rios in other markets but aren’t available here.

    Standard Equipment

    The base Rio S comes with the following standard features:

    • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • Reversing camera with rear parking sensors
    • Automatic headlights
    • Power windows
    • Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column
    • 15-inch steel wheels

    The Rio SX adds the following over the S:

    • Cruise control
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors
    • Premium shift knob and steering wheel
    • Leatherette upholstery
    • Sunroof
    • Privacy glass
    • Illuminated vanity mirrors

    The Rio Sport adds the following over the S:

    • Cruise control
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors
    • Premium shift knob and steering wheel
    • 4.2-inch instrument cluster display
    • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Lane-keeping assist

    The range-topping GT-Line replaces the 1.4-litre four with a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine and adds:

    • Single-zone climate control
    • Automatic stop/start
    • LED daytime running lights and front fog lights
    • GT-Line exterior package with body kit, rear diffuser and dual exhaust outlets
    • Alloy sports pedals
    • Flat-bottomed sports steering wheel
    • Rain-sensing wipers


    Clear White is standard, with all other finishes a $520 option. These comprise:

    • Mighty Yellow
    • Silky Silver (excludes GT-Line)
    • Signal Red
    • Aurora Black Pearl
    • Perennial Grey
    • Sporty Blue

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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