That sense of sophistication is carried through into the cabin. Admittedly, we were driving what will become top-spec models, but the quality of fit, finish and materials now feel a league or two over the Ford Fiesta and on a par with a Polo. Even the lower, out-of-sight plastics feel of a pretty high standard. Especially convincing is the soft-touch dash top and the precision and solid feeling of the principal controls.
It’s comfortable, too. Up front it’s easy to get an optimal driving position and there’s plenty of shoulder and head space. In the back the new Rio’s longer wheelbase has gone into proving more leg clearance for adults. At 288 litres the boot is on a par with anything else in the class, and the 60/40 split seat back allows you to extend luggage into the cabin.
Should I buy one?
It's a bit too early to say exactly what prices and equipment levels will be like, but it will be priced to compete with major rivals and probably offer slightly higher equipment levels. We expect the price range will be between roughly £10,500 to £15,000. Of course, the Rio will come with a persuasive argument in the form of a standard seven-year warranty.
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Even if it didn't offer such cover we'd still think that the Kia Rio has gone from being a supermini chump to a supermini champ. It doesn't thrill like a Fiesta, but we wouldn't be surprised if it pulled quite a few of you away from Polos, and every other supermini for that matter. Impressive indeed.
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