2020 Kia Rio Vs. 2020 Nissan Versa

Sadly, the subcompact segment has become one known for its omissions rather than its benefits. This is a huge shame since the nimble and easily-parked class has the opportunity to be an endearing entry level for drivers rather than a pariah relegated to fleet sales and those shopping strictly on price. Kia seems to have the same idea as the Kia Rio has been a standout model in the increasingly-niche segment for nearly a decade.

Now, two model years into its second generation, the Kia Rio is better than ever with a long list of standard advantages over segment competitors like the Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Accent and Honda Fit. Today, we’re comparing it to one such class contender, the 2020 Nissan Versa. All-new for 2020, does the Nissan Versa have what it takes to match the Rio’s incredible value? Let’s see.

2020 Kia Rio


2020 Nissan Versa

Yes – Kia Rio 5-Door Hatchback variant No
1.6-liter 4-cylinder (120 horsepower) Base engine (horsepower) 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (122 horsepower)
36 combined MPG Base model combined MPG 30 combined MPG
Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Available
33.5 inches Second-row legroom 31.0 inches
6 speakers Standard audio system 4 speakers
Top Safety Pick (2019 model) IIHS Safety designation Not recommended by IIHS
Yes – IVT Standard automatic transmission? No – Manual transmission standard
10 years/100,000 miles Engine/powertrain warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
5 years/60,000 miles Limited warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
$15,750 Starts at $14,730

Kia's Newest Rio Breezes Past Competition by Focusing on Occupant Experience

The above chart illustrates, in full, Kia’s commitment to driver- and passenger-friendly experiences. For the Kia Rio, this means giving drivers and passengers a small, but still very comfortable ride.

While the base Kia Rio costs about $1000 more than the base Nissan Versa, a difference erased by the incredible pricing at Friendly Kia, drivers who choose the Kia Rio get a standard IVT instead of the 5-speed manual Versa drivers are saddled with. This transmission not only gives you a smoother driving experience but also provides 20% more fuel efficiency over the base Versa.

Inside, the two models have a ton of differences. For Kia, comfort and convenience are the names of the game. The 2020 Kia Rio features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard inclusions. Additionally, the 6-speaker setup that is standard on the Rio is rich and immersive compared to the 4-speaker setup in the all-new Versa.

Rear-seat passengers will love the extra legroom that lets them really stretch out and enjoy the comfortable space.

Finally, confidence is a huge part of the Rio’s value proposition. With the 2020 Kia Rio enjoying an engine/powertrain warranty twice as long as that of the Versa, you can count on your Kia Rio for twice as long or nearly twice as many miles as you can the 2020 Nissan Versa.

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