North Georgia Ford Compares 2018 Ford Fiesta VS 2018 Kia Rio Near Chatsworth, GA

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2018 Ford Fiesta

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2018 Kia Rio

Safety Comparison

The Fiesta’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Rio doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rio doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fiesta and the Rio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

The Fiesta’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Rio runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rio doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Rio:

 

Fiesta

Rio

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

127 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fiesta’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rio (195/50R16 vs. 185/65R15).

The Fiesta’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rio’s standard 65 series tires. The Fiesta’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Rio’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fiesta offers optional 16-inch wheels. The Rio’s largest wheels are only 15-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Rio doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fiesta’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.4% to 40.6%) than the Rio’s (61.9% to 38.1%). This gives the Fiesta more stable handling and braking.

The Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback handles at .81 G’s, while the Rio EX 5-Door pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback is quieter than the Rio EX 5-Door (75 vs. 82 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Rio 5-Door is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Fiesta Sedan has .2 inches more front headroom and 1.5 inches more front legroom than the Rio Sedan.

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback has .2 inches more front headroom and 1.5 inches more front legroom than the Rio 5-Door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Rio doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Rio S/EX’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Rio doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Intelligent Access Key standard on the Fiesta Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Kia Rio doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Fiesta has standard power remote mirrors. The Rio LX doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Fiesta Titanium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rio doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Rio.

The Fiesta (except S)’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Rio doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Fiesta SE/Titanium. The Fiesta’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Rio doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Fiesta, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Kia doesn’t offer wireless connectivity on the Rio LX.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fiesta outsold the Kia Rio by almost three to one during 2017.

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