2017 Kia Rio vs. 2017 Chevy Spark

2017 Kia Rio vs. 2017 Chevy Spark

Subcompact hatchbacks are great vehicle options for people looking for efficient and affordable transportation. Modern members of this special class are vastly ahead of their predecessors. Comparing the 2017 Kia Rio vs. 2017 Chevy Spark illustrates this point rather convincingly. The 2017 Rio hatchback available at Serra Gardendale Kia has several important advantages over its Chevy rival. Not only does the current model year of the Rio have more power and more cargo space, customers can also choose to take home a sedan version of the vehicle; an option unavailable with the Chevy Spark. Anyone who would like to see what either version of the 2017 Kia Rio has to offer should schedule a test drive with a Serra Gardendale Kia sales professional.

Among the most glaring differences between the 2017 Kia Rio and the 2017 Chevy Spark comes when comparing the two hatchbacks' allotment of cargo space. When the rear seats of the 2017 Rio hatchback are up and ready for passengers, about 15 cubic-feet of space is available. This about average for smaller sedans. When those seats are folded down, that space rapidly expands to almost 50 cubic-feet. By comparison, the 2017 Chevy Spark only has 11 cubic-feet behind the rear seats with a maximum of about 27 cubic-feet when they are properly stowed. Available technology has always been a strength of the Spark. For the 2017 Rio, Kia has upped its game by adding smartphone compatibility for iPhone and Android users.

2017 Kia Rio 2017 Chevy Spark
1.6-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 1.4-L, 4-Cyl.
138/123 Horsepower/Torque 98/94
Six-speed manual Transmission Five-speed manual
49.8 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Space 27.2 cu.-ft.

2017 Rio hatchback vs. 2017 Spark: Performance specs and fuel economy

A strong argument could be made for the 2017 Kia Rio striking a better balance between performance and fuel-efficiency than its 2017 Chevy Spark competitor. Each of the 2017 Rio trim grades available at Serra Gardendale Kia use the same engine, a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine. The type of transmission that is equipped depends on a few factors, but the hatchback comes with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard. Independent testing had the 2017 Rio hatchback making 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the 2017 Chevy Spark tops out at 98 horsepower.

Additionally, considering the disparity in performance, the fuel economy scores between the two vehicles are very close. Owners of the 2017 Kia Rio hatchback can expect to achieve about 27 miles per gallon in the city and about 36 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2017 Spark is just a few points higher on both sides.

The 2017 Kia Rio offers more cargo space than the Chevy Spark
Smooth lines make the 2017 Rio hatchback an impressive option

The wide hatchback of the 2017 Rio makes loading cargo easier
Despite its small size, there is plenty of room for passengers in the 2017 Rio

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