KIA Rio 2015 3.G Owner's Manual
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Kia, THE COMPANY
Thank you for becoming the owner of a new Kia vehicle.
As a global car manufacturer focused on building high-quality, value
for money prices, Kia Motors is dedicated to providing you with a
customer service experience that exceeds your expectations.
All information contained in this Owner’s Manual is accurate at the
time of publication. However, Kia reserves the right to make changes
at any time so that our policy of continual product improvement can
be carried out.
This manual applies to all Kia models and includes descriptions and
explanations of optional as well as standard equipment. As a result,
you may encounter material in this manual that is not applicable to
your specific Kia vehicle.Drive safely and enjoy your Kia!
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Thank you for choosing a Kia vehicle.
When you require service, remember that your Kia Dealer
knows your vehicle best. Your dealer has factory-trained tech-
nicians, recommended special tools, genuine Kia replacement
parts and is dedicated to your complete satisfaction.
Because subsequent owners require this important information
as well, this publication should remain with the vehicle if it is
This manual will familiarize you with operational, mainte-
nance and safety information about your new vehicle. It is sup-
plemented by a Warranty and Consumer Information manual
that provides important information on all warranties regarding
We urge you to read these publications carefully and follow the
recommendations to help assure enjoyable and safe operation
of your new vehicle.
Kia offers a great variety of options, components and features
for its various models. Therefore, some of the equipment
described in this manual, along with the various illustrations,
may not be applicable to your particular vehicle.
The information and specifications provided in this manual
were accurate at the time of printing. Kia reserves the right to
discontinue or change specifications or design at any time
without notice and without incurring any obligation. If you
have questions, always check with your Kia dealer.
We assure you of our continuing interest in your motoring
pleasure and satisfaction in your Kia vehicle.
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mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any
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Printed in Korea
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Your vehicle at a glance
Safety features of your vehicle
Features of your vehicle
Driving your vehicle
What to do in an emergency
table of contents
Specifications & Consumer information
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How to use this manual / 1-2
Fuel requirements / 1-3
Vehicle break-in process / 1-4
Vehicle data collection and event data recorders / 1-5
Indicator symbols on the instrument cluster / 1-6
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We want to help you get the greatest
possible driving pleasure from your vehi-
cle. Your Owner’s Manual can assist you
in many ways. We strongly recommend
that you read the entire manual. In order
to minimize the chance of death or injury,
you must read the WARNING and CAU-
TION sections in the manual.
Illustrations complement the words in this
manual to best explain how to enjoy your
vehicle. By reading your manual, you will
learn about features, important safety
information, and driving tips under vari-
ous road conditions.The general layout of the manual is pro-
vided in the Table of Contents. Use the
index when looking for a specific area or
subject; it has an alphabetical listing of all
information in your manual.
Sections: This manual has eight sections
plus an index. Each section begins with a
brief list of contents so you can tell at a
glance if that section has the information
You will find various types of safety
instructions in this manual. These
instructions were prepared to enhance
your personal safety. Carefully read and
follow ALL procedures and recommen-
dations provided in these instructions.
A NOTICE indicates interesting or help-
ful information is being provided.
HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
A WARNING indicates a situation in
which harm, serious bodily injury or
death could result if the warning is
A CAUTION indicates a situation in
which damage to your vehicle couldresult if the caution is ignored.
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Your new Kia vehicle is designed to use
only unleaded fuel having a pump octane
number ((R+M)/2) of 87 (Research
Octane Number 91) or higher.
Your new vehicle is designed to obtain
maximum performance with UNLEADED
FUEL, as well as minimize exhaust emis-
sions and spark plug fouling.
Tighten the cap until it clicks one time,
otherwise the fuel cap open warning
indicator will illuminate.
Gasoline containing alcohol and
Gasohol, a mixture of gasoline and
ethanol (also known as grain alcohol),
and gasoline or gasohol containing
methanol (also known as wood alcohol)
are being marketed along with or instead
of leaded or unleaded gasoline.
Pursuant to EPA regulations, ethanol may
be used in your vehicle. Do not use gaso-
hol containing more than 10% ethanol,
and do not use gasoline or gasohol con-
taining any methanol. Ethanol provides
less energy than gasoline and it attracts
water, and it is thus likely to reduce your
fuel efficiency and could lower your MPG
results. Methanol may cause drivability
problems and damage to the fuel system.
Discontinue using gasohol of any kind if
drivability problems occur. Vehicle dam-
age or drivability problems may not be
covered by the manufacturer's warranty if
they result from the use of:
1. Gasoline or gasohol containing methanol.
2. Leaded fuel or leaded gasohol. "E85" fuel is an alternative fuel comprised
of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent
gasoline, and is manufactured exclusively
for use in Flexible Fuel Vehicles. “E85” is
not compatible with your vehicle. Use of
“E85” may result in poor engine perform-
ance and damage to your vehicle's
engine and fuel system. Kia recommends
that customers do not use fuel with an
ethanol content exceeding 10 percent.
Your New Vehicle Limited Warranty
does not cover damage to the fuel system
or any performance problems caused by
the use of “E85” fuel.
Gasoline containing MMT
Some gasoline contains harmful man-
ganese-based fuel additives such as MMT
Kia does not recommend the use of
gasoline containing MMT.
This type of fuel can reduce vehicle per-
formance and affect your emission con-
The malfunction indicator lamp on the
cluster may come on.
WARNING - Refueling
• Do not "top off" after the nozzle
automatically shuts off when
Always check that the fuel cap is installed securely to prevent fuel
spillage in the event of an accident.
Never add any fuel system cleaningagents to the fuel tank other thanwhat has been specified. (Consultan authorized Kia dealer for details.)
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Use of MTBE
Kia recommends avoiding fuels contain-
ing MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether)
over 15.0% vol. (Oxygen Content 2.7%
weight) in your vehicle.
Fuel containing MTBE over 15.0% vol.
(Oxygen Content 2.7% weight) may
reduce vehicle performance and produce
vapor lock or hard starting.
Your New Vehicle Limited Warranty
may not cover damage to the fuel system
and any performance problems that are
caused by the use of fuels containing
methanol or fuels containing MTBE
(Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) over
15.0% vol. (Oxygen Content 2.7%
Do not use methanol
Fuels containing methanol (wood alco-
hol) should not be used in your vehicle.
This type of fuel can reduce vehicle per-
formance and damage components of
the fuel system.
Kia recommends that you use good qual-
ity gasolines treated with detergent addi-
tives such as TOP TIER Detergent
Gasoline, which help prevent deposit for-
mation in the engine. These gasolines
will help the engine run cleaner and
enhance performance of the Emission
Control System. For more information on
TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline, please
go to the website (www
For customers who do not use TOP Tier
Detergent Gasoline regularly, and have
problems starting or the engine does not
run smoothly, additives that you can buy
separately may be added to the gasoline. If
TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline is not avail-
able, one bottle of additive added to the fuel
tank at every 12,000 km or every engine oil
change is recommended. Additives are
available from your authorized Kia dealer
along with information on how to use them.
Do not mix other additives.
Operation in foreign countries
If you are going to drive your vehicle in
another country, be sure to:
Observe all regulations regarding reg- istration and insurance.
Determine that acceptable fuel is avail- able. No special break-in period is needed. By
following a few simple precautions for the
first 1,000 km (600 miles) you may add to
the performance, economy and life of
Do not race the engine.
While driving, keep your engine speed
(rpm, or revolutions per minute)
between 2,000 rpm and 4,000 rpm.
Do not maintain a single speed for long periods of time, either fast or slow.
Varying engine speed is needed to
properly break-in the engine.
Avoid hard stops, except in emergen- cies, to allow the brakes to seat prop-
Don't tow a trailer during the first 2,000 km (1,200 miles) of operation.
VEHICLE BREAK-IN PROCESS
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This vehicle is equipped with an event
data recorder (EDR). The main purpose
of an EDR is to record, in certain crash
or near crash-like situations, such as
an air bag deployment or hitting a road
obstacle, data that will assist in under-
standing how a vehicle's systems per-
formed. The EDR is designed to record
data related to vehicle dynamics and
safety systems for a short period of
time, typically 30 seconds or less. The
EDR in this vehicle is designed to
record such data as:
* How various systems in your vehi-cle were operating;
* Whether or not the driver and pas- senger safety belts were buckled/
* How far (if at all) the driver was depressing the accelerator and/or
brake pedal; and,
* How fast the vehicle was traveling. These data can help provide a better
understanding of the circumstances in
which crashes and injuries occur.
NOTE: EDR data are recorded by your
vehicle only if a non-trivial crash situ-
ation occurs; no data are recorded by
the EDR under normal driving condi-
tions and no personal data (e.g., name,
gender, age, and crash location) are
recorded. However, other parties, such
as law enforcement, could combine
the EDR data with the type of person-
ally identifying data routinely acquired
during a crash investigation.
To read data recorded by an EDR, spe-
cial equipment is required, and access
to the vehicle or the EDR is needed. In
addition to the vehicle manufacturer,
other parties, such as law enforce-
ment, that have the special equipment,
can read the information if they have
access to the vehicle or the EDR.
VEHICLE DATA COLLECTION AND EVENT DATA RECORDERS
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INDICATOR SYMBOLS ON THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
Seat belt warning light
High beam indicator
Turn signal indicator
ABS warning light
Parking brake & Brake fluid
Engine oil pressure warning light
ESC OFF indicator
Malfunction indicator light
Air bag warning light
Low fuel level warning light* : if equipped
Charging system warning light
Tail light indicator
Trunk (tailgate) open ajar warn-
Front fog light indicator*
Electric power steering (EPS)
system warning light*Door ajar warning light
Shift pattern indicator*
Manual transaxle shift indicator* Key out warning light*
Auto stop for ISG system
❈ For more detailed explanations, refer to “Instrument cluster” in section 4. Low tire pressure telltale* /
TPMS malfunction indicator*
Cruise SET indicator*
Cruise control indicator*
Fuel cap open warning indicator
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Interior overview / 2-2
Instrument panel overview / 2-3
Engine compartment / 2-4
Your vehicle at a glance