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Kia Rio sizes and dimensions guide

The Kia Rio offers supermini buyers a stylish and well-built alternative to the Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo.

As well as being handsome and reasonably priced, the Kia is one of the highest rated superminis on sale in the UK. It often gains plaudits for its impressive cabin space – something which is generally at a premium in such small cars. Here, we’ve taken a look at the Rio’s dimensions in detail.

External dimensions

From the outside, there is little difference in size between all of the major superminis. Regardless of which brand’s model you choose, all are easy to park and capable of squeezing into smaller-than-average parking spaces. If you really park on a street where every millimeter counts, it’s worth noting that the Kia Rio is 81mm longer than a Fiesta. In every other dimension, the Rio measures up very similarly to the class leaders.

External dimensions
Length 3,950mm
Width 1,715mm
Height 1,458mm
Wheelbase 2,464mm

Interior dimensions

Despite being very similar in size to the Fiesta, the Kia is the better choice for taller drivers. Front seat passengers gain 22mm of headroom compared to the Ford, while those in the back have an extra 15mm. Legroom both front and rear are very similar to the Fiesta, although the Polo is more roomy in the back.

Interior dimensions
Headroom (front/rear) 1,015mm/960mm
Legroom (front/rear) 1,112mm/790mm
Elbow room

Boot space

There is little to separate the Rio’s boot space from the big sellers in the class. The Rio’s rear seats don’t fold completely flat, so the Fiesta offers about 50 litres of extra space when the rear seats are down. The Rio’s loading lip is quite high too, which means that heavy items are tricky to load.

Boot space
Seats up 288 litres
Seats down 923 litres

Turning circle and fuel tank capacity

The Rio’s turning circle is fairly standard for the class, and makes it among the easiest cars to park on the market. Equipped with the 1.1 CRDi diesel, it’s one of the most economical too – it’s claimed to get 85.6mpg. Achieve this figure and the Rio has the potential to cover as many as 813 miles on a single tank of fuel.

Turning circle and fuel tank
Turning circle 10.52 metres
Fuel tank 43 litres


City cars should be as light as possible because – generally speaking – the lighter a car is the more fun it feels to drive, plus it’ll be nippier in city traffic, and more fuel efficient too.

The weight difference between three and five-door Rio models is minimal, and as is the case with almost any car, the diesel models are heaviest.

Lightest Heaviest
1,113kg (1.25 3-door) 1,249kg (1.4 CRDi 5-door)

Save money on the Kia Rio

For more images, specs and opinions, read our full Kia Rio review. Looking for a bargain? Why not see how much you can save from the price of a new Rio by using our Kia configurator, then the UK’s best dealers will get in touch with their offers.

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