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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
10 reader reviews for Kia Rio Hatchback.
  • 1.25 2 5dr

    James Blue , . Date: 25/01/2015
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    After a long search and test drives of many vehicles I decided to purchase KIA RIO 1.25L, 2015 facelift. The car performs brilliantly for such a small engine. Contrary to the reviews in WhatCar and in other websites I found many of the criticised attributes much better than the reviewers stated. May be the manufacturer has since then improved those criticised areas or it is just the reviewers opinion. In my opinion the engine performs smoothly and pulls brilliantly from rather low RPM. For example, if you are approaching a junction in 2nd gear with ~1100 rpm and you want to accelerate, the car will pull decently. If you approach in 3rd gear with 1300 rpm and you want to accelerate again the car pulls well enough. It is smooth at least up to 2500 RPM (brand new car, I did not want to race the engine). Apparently this CVVT technology does miracles. Gearing is excellent. 5th gear is almost as the 6th in other cars. Road handling, considering sensible driving, is brilliant (I am not driving around cones!).

    Few negative things: The factory-fitted tyres have 70db noise (noticeable). Rear seats when folded leave a step. The car was not offered in my market with map-reading lights. The red backlight of the sound system and display in the instrument cluster has poor viewing angle bleeding light when viewed at angle.

    Overall a very good car. Highly recommended. I hope it proves reliable too.

  • 1.4 CRDi 2 ISG 5dr

    I H Mackie , Lancashire . Date: 02/05/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      70.6

    My car

    We have just had delivery of a new Rio VR7 1.1 CRDi, this is a replacement for a new style three year old Kia Sportage 3, 1.7d. Young drivers will be using the vehicle and the Sportage was to my surprise overly high in the insurance groups with respect to a new driver. Our existing insurance company would not provide cover. The new Kia Rio, good looking, better ride quality than the Sportage and although only a VR7 version quite pleasant inside with good a good level of equipment and a quality feel. The 1.1 diesel seems to do the job, very low running cost and has a little bit of punch to make driving interesting. Never looked at the hand book as it is all very intuitive and the same as the Sportage. I will update on the fuel consumption when we have done more than 100 miles. We looked at other vehicles, VW UP, etc but they do not have as much room inside or a useful boot space. I wanted a car that could be used for more than just a city runabout. We live in the country and need practicality as well as the ability to deal with British roads. I am a bit of a stickler for a vehicle that has a very good result on the NCAP (crash test) with appropriate levels of safety kit. The Rio ticks this box, has disk brakes all round, stability control etc (unlike some other popular small cars) So first impression are very good, all family members are happy. The overall MPG figure has not been checked yet

  • 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.

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