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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Kia Rio (11-) Hatchback
8 reader reviews for Kia Rio Hatchback.
  • 1.4 CRDi 2 ISG 5dr

    Jill Savage , . Date: 22/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Bought this to replace an Aygo which I loved and had few issues in 5 years. Since getting the Rio in october 2012 it's been back to the dealer 3 times with problems with the ignition coils, the fuel efficiency isnt as good as advertised by quite a way, my brakes are squeaking intermittently (another trip to the garage!) and to cap it all my front numberplate has just fallen off! Now there's a chance it got pulled off but even so it was just stuck on with double sided tape, doesn't exactly fill me with confidence in the car!

  • 1.4 CRDi 3 ISG 5dr

    Mark Haworth , . Date: 23/12/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      65

    My car

    I have been driving 3 Ford Fiestas over the last 5 years ranging from a 1.25 81bhp Zetec, a 1.4 95 bhp Zetec and a 1.6 Diesel 89 bhp Titanium and for good measure an Audi A3 1.4TFSI Sportback Sport. All excellent cars and all have their talents. I have purchased a Kia Rio 1.4 Diesel 3 5 Door and whilst it won't set the world on fire I have to say it drives very well in fact it is much more involving than the Audi I had which had a very poor ride and the engine lacked the torque of the Kia and the steering was so light and you couldn't feel anything. Refinement is another point, on the What Car review it mentions the Kia is unrefined and noisy, not sure why this is, at 70mph the Kia is so quiet I struggled to hear the diesel engine, handling is very involving, the steering is well weighted and to be open this feels better than the Fiesta Diesel I had which had heavy steering and no feel. Ride quality is very good to. Would recommend this car to anyone. Just a point though, the top model is very well specified with more upmarket dash panel, 17 inch wheels so feels more secure on the road and the 1.4 diesel engine is better than the 1.4 Petrol.

  • 1.25 1 3dr

    steven mackay , . Date: 15/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44.3

    My car

    This is not going to be a long detailed review, whatcar sum it up pretty well. I'm just going to mention my bad bits. Worse bit for any potential buyer is the fact that when you buy this car you'll love it... UNTIL you pull up along side the first time car buying teenage couple in the same model. It had to go and has in fact now gone, part ex'd after 6 months. It was a bit drastic I know but that event was not the only factor but merely the straw that broke the middle aged drivers back! On the plus side I only lost £2395 due to depreciation, not bad really. The main reason I bought the car was for running costs, previous car was a large engine Alfa and our family car is a Jeep so we needed something practical to pop t'shops in. I was happy with the interior which was less noisy than a Punto and very modern and quality looking for a budget model. The biggest problem was the fuel economy, its figures are a complete lie, they may be achievable only if you're prepared to be overtaken by lorries on the motorway. I was lucky to get 39mpg combined from this car, I live rural and have a number of rural roads to drive before arriving in town, driving some 16 miles to get there. Other regular driving is village to next village with 6 miles of clear motorway between them. Finally a regular trip to family 385 miles away mainly on the M6 was to prove fatal for the Rio's economy by costing exactly the same as our previous Mini Cooper S Clubman cost. Basically if you're under 21 its fine.

  • 1.25 2 3dr

    MICHAEL HEATHCOTE , Cheshire . Date: 22/07/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    Just had to 'right' the injustices written in the Whatcar review, which adopts a downbeat tone for this car (whereas the Whatcar write-ups for the Fiesta/Audi A3/ Polo adopt an upbeat tone, for some reason.) My Rio has got to be the most well rounded car I've ever owned. Everything, with few exceptions is 'just right'.

    Contrary to what Whatcar says, the suspension is actually very good, absorbing bumps and potholes well. The 1.25 petrol engine is not 'boomy' but actually very quiet. The cabin is well insulated from road noise and is big enough not to treat rear passengers as second-class citizens.

    'Safety and Security' are exemplary and yet Whatcar drops a star. 'Equipment' is very good and yet Whatcar drops two stars. Notchy gearshift?-pure fiction. The worst thing about the car is the lightness of the steering, gearshift and accelerator pedal, all of which detract from the driving pleasure. And rear visibility is poor. Other niggles are the weak horn, which sounds just plain embarassing, and the decimal point on the dash display read-out is too small! I get 46mpg for frequent short trips, which I find acceptable. But look at the depreciation figures people! I reckon depreciation is very low. After all the practical considerations, however, the best thing about the Rio is the way it looks. Park it next to a Mini and see how hackneyed the Mini looks.

    I should add that my car is too new to me to comment on reliability.

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