Last post on Jan 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM
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Kia Rio, Car Buying, Hatchback
#28 of 47 Re: No Interior Hatch Release Button in US RIO 5 DR [cbmorton]
Jan 17, 2012 (5:43 am)
Well, there IS a reason... for example, so you can unlock the hatch for someone you are dropping off someplace so they can get their stuff out of the back w/o grabbing the handle, which might be covered with who-knows-what. But they'll have to touch the lid someplace anyway to lift it.
Then there's the question of, what happens if the electric latch switch fails on the hatch? Some of these hatches don't have a keyhole anymore--not sure if the Rio5 has one.
My old Elantra GT doesn't have an interior hatch release, but the latch in back is mechanical plus there's a keyhole.
#29 of 47 Interior Hatch Release - cbmorton
Jan 17, 2012 (6:08 am)
I agree with cbmorton reference a passenger exiting the vehicle and wanting to quickly grab something out of the rear storage area. First, it's quicker/easier for them, and second, they are not familiar with the location of that electronic button.
Is this a major issue? Of course not. However, with all of the high tech gadgets, such as a rear view camera, one would think an interior hatch release button would be standard. I had one on my Ford Focus and it was sooooooooo convenient.
#30 of 47 Re: Interior Hatch Release - cbmorton [btatr]
Jan 17, 2012 (6:43 am)
If they can't figure out where the rear hatch handle is located then they have serious problems (it's not exactly a hidden button)
does this look difficult to spot?
#31 of 47 Re: No Interior Hatch Release Button in US RIO 5 DR [backy]
Jan 17, 2012 (6:55 am)
The best place to lift the rear hatch is with the handle.
Rio 5's without remotes have a keyhole. All a release will do is pop the hatch it won't fully open so you still have to grab it and lift, so its not as if you was an auto version where it fully opened. A sedan is different as it will pop more open due to its size and weight.
As for if the electric latch switch fails - which would be extremely rare, then there is an emergency tailgate safety release which is mentioned in your manual.
My previous Rondo and now my new Soul doesn't have an inside mechanical hatch release. Not sure if the Rio has it but when I stop and put my Soul into park all the doors unlock automatically, so a passenger wanted to get something out of back just goes around and grabs the handle-latch and lifts the door to get the item out, I can't see a mechanical release would make it go any quicker. Never been an issue to me.
I had an older station wagon that had the mechanical release, but all it did was unlock it, the door barely moved.
#32 of 47 Why buy this over the Accent?
Jan 17, 2012 (5:01 pm)
The Accent is cheaper, more available, has more drivetrain options and looks just as good as the Rio.
#33 of 47 Re: Why buy this over the Accent? [conanrules]
Jan 17, 2012 (7:24 pm)
What additional drivetrain options does the Accent have that the Rio doesn't?
#34 of 47 Re: Why buy this over the Accent? [conanrules]
Jan 17, 2012 (8:52 pm)
both the Accent and Rio use the same transmissions and engine. There is no difference in that respect.
Only the base model is cheaper and it depends whether you are talking about a sedan or a hatchback
Accent sedan manual - $12,545, Rio - $13,400
Accent sedan auto - $15,295; Rio - $14,500
Accent hatch manual - $14,695, Rio 5 - $13,600
Accent hatch auto - $15,895; Rio 5 - $14,700
#35 of 47 Re: Why buy this over the Accent? [conwelpic]
Jan 18, 2012 (5:56 am)
My guess is he was referring to how a manual transmission is standard across the board in the Accent lineup, but only available on the base Rio in the USA.
#36 of 47 Interior Hatch Release - cbmorton [conwelpic]
Jan 18, 2012 (6:45 am)
Obviously they will eventually figure it out but I don't think you get it. Having an interior hatch release isn't necessary, but it is a nice little extra. Why not throw it in? I had a hatch release in my Ford Focus and it would open the hatch so all you had to do was lift. It was one of those things you think you never need until you have it and then miss it.
Admittedly this sounds like a spoiled American but why not? As I mentioned earlier, this is a trivial flaw in an otherwise fabulous vehicle.
#37 of 47 RIO Over Accent
Jan 18, 2012 (6:47 am)
Even though the Accent uses the same engine and transmission, the RIO wins out on looks and more high tech features such as a rear view camera, LED Running and Brake Lights, plus outside mirrors that fold with the press of a button. In addition, the outside mirrors are heated on the RIO which is a major plus in a cold climate.
If that isn't enough, the KIA has UVO so you can control Sirius Satellite Radio and your phone with voice commands.