When it comes to technology in cars, it can vary from fully decked out to somewhere in the middle with just the essentials to barely anything at all.

I got to test out the 2018 Kia Rio 5-Door EX, which isn’t packed with a ton of technology like the BMW 6 Series GT but it has features that you would want like navigation, satellite radio, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay and more.

Design

2018 Rio 5-Door EX

The Kia Rio 5 has been completely redesigned for the 2018 model year. The car is a hatchback style. The Rio 5 has some sporty styling but still has a decent amount of cargo space with even more when you put down the rear seats.

Even though the Kia Rio 5 can seat 5, it is slightly cramped, especially in the back row. The model I tested was the EX Tech Navi, so it comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display.

The touch display is running Kia’s UVO Intelligence system which has navigation with a map interface that is crisp and easy to read. You can also use voice commands to search for destinations or call your contacts.

The Kia Rio 5 also came with a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, air conditioning, sunroof, leather seats and a Smart Key that allows for keyless entry and push-button start. It also comes with a rearview camera with parking guidelines to make it easier to park.

The car is very fun to drive and just zips around each curve. There’s also a sport mode for better acceleration. The car is on the lower end, so some of the interior materials feel cheap but nothing too concerning.

The Kia Rio 5 starts at $14,995 CAD but the model I tested goes for $23,745 CAD (or $25,605 CAD after taxes and fees). The Rio 5 I tested was in the Radiant Red colour, some other colour options include Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black, Hyper Blue, Ultra Silver and Ice Blue.

Software & Connectivity

As mentioned earlier, the Kia Rio 5’s navigation system is powered by their own UVO Intelligence. UVO has a very simple interface that’s easy to use. The 7-inch touch display is crisp and easy to read.

UVO on the Kia Rio 5 comes with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. To get started, all you need to do is plug your compatible smartphone into the USB port with its cable.

Android Auto gives you access to Google Maps, make phone calls, a whole host of media apps like Spotify, Pocket Casts, Google Play Music and more. You can also talk to the Google Assistant to send and read out messages or ask what the weather is.

UVO also allows you to remotely control certain function of your Kia Rio 5 using the UVO app. To get started, you’ll need to link your vehicle with a UVO account you create. Once you do that, you can unlock/lock the car, start the engine and even start the AC or heat a few minutes for you get in.

You’ll also be able to see the vehicle health status, find your car and call roadside assistance. If you have multiple Kia vehicle with UVO, you can link those to your account and control those via the app.

Final Thoughts

2018 Rio 5-Door

Overall, the Kia Rio 5 is a good vehicle that has the technology features that you want, like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, navigation and satellite radio.

Pros

  • UVO is easy to use
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Fun to drive
  • The display is crisp and easy to read
  • Good amount of cargo space
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Can be controlled via the UVO app

Cons

  • The back seat is slightly cramped
  • Cheap interior materials
  • UVO smartphone apps are good but can take a while to load functions

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