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For Refined and economical, the 1.4-litre petrol makes the best of the car’s impressive refinement. The top-tier Kia Rio 1.4 3 comes with all the boxes ticked.

Against High gearing means that you’ll need to hang on to revs to get up to cruising speeds quickly. That said, the smaller 1.25-litre petrol engine might be the best bet if you rarely leave towns. 2 trim is better value.

Kia Rio Hatchback

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

The Kia Rio 1.4 3 is a good car with with a decent engine, but we'd recommend the 1.25 version due to its lower price.

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Key facts

11.1 secs
Top speed
114 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
506 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Rio is worthy of comparison with the best cars in the supermini class. True, it’s not as fun to drive as a Fiesta, and it’s not as plush as a VW Polo, but it does impressively well on both fronts.

The Rio range has four engines to choose from, but our favourite of the ones we’ve driven so far is the 1.4-litre petrol. On the trim front, we’d recommend either 1 Air trim, which provides the basics plus air-conditioning, or 2 trim, which adds lots more luxury goodies at a reasonable price.

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