2019 Kia Rio vs Hyundai Accent

2019 Kia Rio in Quakertown PA

The 2019 Kia Rio has an advanced design and comes in hatchback or sedan models. Each has trim selections geared for the consumer interested in simplified packages offering the best options: base LX, midlevel S and top-level EX. The Rio is known as a subcompact car that is simple, stylish, and sophisticated. And like all Kia cars, the Rio is well-assembled, solid, and more spacious inside than it looks outside.

The Rio power-plant has an updated version of Kia's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Kia’s engineers designed the Rio for drivers interested in daily-driving advantages. So, the engine has more power and feels stronger at city driving speeds than at highway speeds. The design doesn’t change highway passing power, it caters to the typical stop-and-go experienced in city driving.

Along with the engine, the inside is also upgraded. Like many designers looking to save on vehicle weight, nothing surpasses the use of hard plastics. Cars in the past that used plastics never had the newer formulas of today, so they shook apart. Not the Rio, it’s vibration-free and tight. Also, Rio’s newly redesigned dash and gauge cluster may seem oversimplified, but it doesn’t feel cheap. It gives you the necessary information at a glance. For detailed information, Kia included the center touchscreen. Overall, the average consumer is impressed with Kia’s subcompact. In comparison, we chose the Hyundai Accent for its subcompact class and options.

2019 Kia Rio


Hyundai Accent

28 / 37 / 32

MPG (city/highway/combined) 28 / 37 / 31

130 hp @ 6,300 rpm

Maximum Horsepower 130 hp @ 6,300 rpm





Trim Options 3

42.1 / 33.5

Legroom: Front / Rear (in.)

38.9 / 37.3


Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)


2019 Rio advantages over the Hyundai Accent

Similar to all Kia vehicles, you can find value and more options in the 2019 Kia Rio than the 2018 Hyundai Accent. For example, Rio's color options exceed the Accent's. Our comparison also looks at the turning radius of the two cars. This is important when you're in a tight spot such as parking or needing to make a quick u-turn on a blocked street. Speaking of traffic, you may consider sound options important. Both have six-speaker options for their audio system, but the 2019 Rio is complemented by the crisp, clear highs of door-mounted tweeters.

The 2018 Accent is Hyundai’s least expensive car. It’s a subcompact built to compete with Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic. The Hyundai Accent was revamped for 2018. Designers fit a new upscale look, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and more safety features and slightly improved fuel economy. What we cannot compare is Accent’s lack of a hatchback model. Hyundai discontinued the hatchback only offers a sedan. As with many economy cars, including the Rio, the Accent is best suited for the city. So, it makes for a great comparison to Rio because more and more people are shortening their travels, like students and budget-wise consumers.

So, if you're in the market for a sedan or hatchback, the 2019 Kia Rio is unquestionably worth test driving. So, come over to Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA and compare for yourself. Stop in or schedule a test drive today!


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