While the Rio is handsome and inoffensive, it unfortunately looks a bit dated next to Kia's other new vehicles, which have nearly all been redesigned over the past year or two. Compared to the Soul boxy wagon, the Sportage crossover, and Optima sedan—all of which have Kia's new standout design attributes and much sportier flavor—the Rio seems downright boring. Still, the proportions are pert and simple, with lipped wheel wells and an arched theme that plays out especially nicely in the roofline and rear pillars of the Rio5.
Inside, the look sure isn't daring in any way. It's basic but straightforward, and while it's not upscale, it's not chintzy either. The design is still sound, with the climate and audio controls and most other switchgear up high and within easy reach.