Kia Rio Pride First generation
|Assembly||Gwangmyeong, South Korea (Sohari Plant) Quito, Ecuador (AYMESA) Tehran, Iran (Saipa)|
|Body style||4-door sedan 5-door hatchback|
|Engine||1.3 L B3 I4 (petrol) 1.5 L B5-DE I4 (petrol) 1.6 L B6 I4 (petrol)|
|Transmission||5-speed manual 4-speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||2,410 mm (94.9 in)|
|Length||4,215 mm (165.9 in) (2000–02) 4,240 mm (166.9 in) (2002–05)|
|Width||1,675 mm (65.9 in) (2000–02) 1,680 mm (66.1 in) (2002–05)|
|Height||1,440 mm (56.7 in)|
The first-generation Kia Rio (referred to as the "DC") was offered in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles. When released, it was the least-expensive mass-produced car to be sold in the United States.While the Rio's styling and affordability were well-received, it was derided for its poor build quality and driving experience.
The hatchback was marketed as the "Rio Cinco" in the United States, "Rio RX-V" in Canada, and "Rio Look" in Chile. The sedan version was not sold in the United Kingdom, and the hatchback/wagon was known as the "Rio" there. In Greece, both versions were sold as the "Rio".
The first-generation Rio offered only one engine for each model year in the USA: a 96 hp (72 kW) 1.5-litre DOHC I4 gasoline engine from 2001 through 2002. Then a larger version appeared, a 1.6-litre DOHC four-cylinder rated at 105 hp (78 kW) used for model years 2003 through 2005. All years offered a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. An alternative of a 1.3-litre (1,343 cc) SOHC four-cylinder/eight-valve petrol, producing 75 hp (56 kW) was offered in some other countries, including the United Kingdom and most of continental Europe. The USA-version five-door featured power steering and a tachometer, optional on the sedan. The European version was marketed under several trim levels; standard equipment for all trims included a driver airbag. Additional features were available for promotion in Greece, including leather seats and car alarm. In Europe, the various national markets received different selections of the three engines.
The domestic Korean market versions did not include the 1.6-liter version, as the South Korean taxation system heavily penalizes cars of more than 1,500 cc. Claimed outputs for the domestic versions (JIS) were higher, at 84 PS (62 kW) for the little 1.3 and 108 PS (79 kW) for the DOHC 1.5. For the SOHC 1.5 95 PS (70 kW) was claimed. The first generation hatchback was marketed as the Rio RX-V in South Korea.
Safety features included seat belts and an airbag for the driver. ABS was available as an option for entry-line cars but fitted by default for top of the range models (i.e., Rio LX, in the UK, and Rio LS, in Greece).
Also called: Kia Rio Cinco (United States, hatchback) Kia Rio RX-V (Canada, South Korea; hatchback) Kia Rio SF (South Korea, facelift) Kia Rio Stylus (Colombia, facelift)
In 2002 the Rio received a mild redesign (for the 2003 model year in the US) including upgrades in engine, suspension, brakes and new exterior and interior styling. After this 2002 facelift the entire range received the "Rio SF" moniker in the domestic South Korean market, with "SF" standing for both "Science Fiction" and "Safety First".
In Europe, the facelifted Rio received minor changes in external look and engine improvement of the 1.3 from 75 hp (56 kW) to 80 hp (60 kW) at 5,500 rpm, and 86 lb·ft (117 N·m) at 3,000 rpm.
Iranian production of the facelifted Rio by SAIPA began in 2005. The cars were not equipped with ABS or airbags until 2011, powered by a version of the 1.5 litre engine which produces 96 hp (72 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 135 N·m (100 ft·lbf) torque at 4,500 rpm. In early 2012, the production ended.