2018 Kia Rio 5-Door vs 2018 Ford Fiesta Hatchback

2018 Kia Rio 5-Door vs 2018 Ford Fiesta Hatchback

Are you looking for a fun, sporty, and efficient hatchback with plenty of room for passengers and cargo? Then we can help. We are going to compare two heavy hitters to find out who makes the best compact hatchback once and for all. See what we mean with our 2018 Kia Rio 5-Door vs 2018 Ford Fiesta Hatchback comparison. We will cover power, efficiency, capability, price and more in our comprehensive comparison, but spoiler alert: the Rio 5-Door wins easily in all categories.

If you already want to cut this comparison short and see a Rio 5-Door inventory in Fort Worth, then click the link that we have below and see the entire new Rio 5-Door inventory that we have here at Moritz Kia Dealerships. Otherwise, you can keep reading and learn how the Rio 5-Door simply leaves the Fiesta Hatchback in the dust.

2018 Kia Rio 5-Door


2018 Ford Fiesta Hatchback

$14,200 Base MSRP $14,505
29-City 37-Highway Efficiency (MPG) 27-City 37-Highway
130 Standard Horsepower 120
90 Cubic-Feet Passenger Room 85 Cubic-Feet

Who makes the better compact hatchback: Kia or Ford?

When comparing vehicles, price is really where the conversation should start, and the Ford Fiesta Hatchback is simply more expensive than the Rio 5-Door. It may only be $300, but remember that the Rio 5-Door also comes with a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty which far exceeds the 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty of the Fiesta Hatchback.

Buying the car is not the only cost you should consider. Remember that you have to fill this car up with gas, and when it comes to buying a compact, fuel efficiency should be a priority concern. Lucky for you, the Rio 5-Door wins there again with more city efficiency.

Historically, more efficiency means less power, but that is just not the case with the impressive Rio 5-Door. With 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque, it leaves the Ford Fiesta Hatchback with its 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque in the dust. That’s just the result of better engine technology.

So what about usability? You want interior room in your efficient and fun hatchback. Don’t worry, the Rio 5-Door has you covered with 90 cubic-feet of passenger room which is much more than the Fiesta Hatchback’s 85 cubic-feet. When it comes to cargo volume, the Rio 5-Door once again impresses with 17.4 cubic-feet. That’s 2.5 cubic-feet more than the Fiesta Hatchback.