2020 Kia Rio Interior and Cargo

Kia Rio Interior & Cargo Rating

2020 Rio Interior

The inside of the Rio Sedan is very basic, with the dash dominated by harsh gray plastics in an attempt to meet the affordable budget price needed to attract customers. But it's durable and hard-wearing, the panels feel solidly fitted, and the controls are laid out simply and visibly enough to make for easy learning - whether you're a new driver or a retiree. Manual seat adjustment is par for the segment, but the Rio provides drivers with a good view of the road ahead, a good driving position, and a supportive seat. While it's certainly built to a budget, cheap doesn't mean nasty here, although the Toyota Yaris still provides a vastly more upscale cabin in comparison.

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Seating and Interior Space

A maximum of five passengers can fit into the Kia Rio Sedan, but realistically, you're looking at only four adults, and those in the back will need to be on the more compact end of the spectrum. The front seats are spacious and supportive, with 38.9 inches of headroom and 42.1 inches of legroom proving more than enough for six-foot front occupants. The rear seats are a little less accommodating, with only 37.4 inches of headspace and a paltry 33.5 inches of legroom. Adults taller than 5'10" will find the knee space far too cramped, while just 53.3 inches of rear shoulder space means only teenagers will sit three abreast.

2020 Kia Rio Interior Dimensions:

Kia Rio TrimsLXS
Headroom Front Seat38.9 in.38.9 in.
Headroom Back Seat37.4 in.37.4 in.
Legroom Front Seat42.1 in.42.1 in.
Legroom Back Seat33.5 in.33.5 in.
Shoulder Room Front54.1 in.54.1 in.
Shoulder Room Rear53.3 in.53.3 in.
Hip Room, Front52.9 in.52.9 in.
Hip Room, Rear52.4 in.52.4 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

Keeping to the very simplistic design and style ethos of the Rio Sedan, Kia provides only two basic interior color and material schemes for both models. Black Tricot and woven cloth seating upholstery with white, patterned contrast stitching is standard in both models, with Gray Tricot paired to the same upholstery as an option. While most of the interior, including the dashboard and door panels, are predominantly made up of black hard-touch materials, the headliner is gray fabric, while the armrests are color-keyed to match the upholstery. A polyurethane steering wheel and gearshift knob are standard in both models.

2020 Rio Trunk and Cargo Space

The Rio Sedan's 13.7 cubic foot trunk is about average for the class, with the Hyundai Accent offering the same capacity, and the Yaris Sedan offering 0.2 cu-ft less. The 13.7 cubes is enough for about a week's worth of grocery shopping, but don't expect to be taking home all your Black Friday deals in such a limited space. Only the Rio S comes fitted with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, which is advantageous for improved cargo-hauling practicality and versatility.

Inside the cabin, the front occupants have access to reasonably sized door side pockets that will fit bottles, there's a small open tray ahead of the shifter for small-items, and two cupholders behind the shifter that will take large beverages. The passenger-side glove box compartment is sizable and the Rio S is fitted with a usable center armrest storage bin. For rear passengers, there are door side bottle slots and a single seatback map pocket on the front passenger's side.

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2020 Kia Rio Cargo Dimensions:

Kia Rio TrimsLXS
Trunk Volume13.7 cu. ft.13.7 cu. ft.

2020 Rio Infotainment and Features


With a focus on being affordable, it shouldn't be surprising that the Kia Rio isn't equipped with S-Class levels of technology. Basic features such as halogen projector-beam headlights and power-adjustable heated exterior mirrors are standard on both models. The Rio LX comes fitted with a polyurethane steering wheel with tilt-only adjustment, the front seats are both six-way manually-adjustable, there's manual air conditioning, an integrated rearview camera, and hill-start assist. The Rio S is equipped with more of the essentials including a sliding front center armrest and 60/40 split-folding rear seats, it also gets a few more features including remote keyless entry with easy trunk release, and cruise control. A Kia Drive Wise forward collision-avoidance system is available for the Rio S only as are LED headlights and position lights, and an upgraded driver instrumentation cluster with a 3.5-inch display.


Kia has always done right with the infotainment systems of their vehicles in terms of the latest and greatest technologies, and the same stands for the Rio Sedan. Both models come standard with a seven-inch touchscreen display that's tethered to an AM/FM/MP3-compatible stereo with a six-speaker sound system. The user interface is intuitive and responsive and the images crisp and clear, but the sound quality could do with some improvement. Full Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality is standard in both models as well, along with Bluetooth audio streaming and wireless smartphone connectivity. In the Rio LX, there are two USB ports, an auxiliary input jack, and a single 12-volt power outlet in the front center console; the Rio S gets an additional two USB ports located at the rear of the center console for access by rear passengers. Satellite radio is optionally available, but only on the S model as part of the S Technology Package, also incorporating Kia's UVO3 eServices.

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