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For The Kia Rio feels impressively grown up for a supermini, thanks to its spacious, stylish interior. It’s good value, too.

Against Long gearing hampers flexibility and the car is nowhere near as comfortable or as agile as a Ford Fiesta.

Kia Rio Hatchback
33 5stars

The Kia Rio is a decent supermini that has value on its side. Anyone looking for a car of this type should give it a look.

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There are 21 Kia Rio versions available

Hatchback 1.25 1 3dr £9,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 1 5dr £10,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 1 Air 5dr £11,395
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 VR7 3dr £11,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.1 CRDi 1 ISG 5dr £11,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 2 3dr £11,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 VR7 5dr £12,095
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 2 5dr £12,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.1 CRDi 1 Air ISG 5dr £12,695
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 2 ISG 3dr £12,695
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 2 ISG 5dr £13,295
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.1 CRDi VR7 ISG 5dr £13,395
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 3 ISG 3dr £13,595
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.1 CRDi 2 ISG 5dr £13,795
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 2 auto 5dr £14,195
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 3 ISG 5dr £14,195
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 CRDi 2 ISG 5dr £14,395
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 CRDi 3 ISG 3dr £14,695
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 CRDi 3 ISG 5dr £15,295
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 4 ISG 5dr £15,495
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 CRDi 4 ISG 5dr £16,595
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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.

Reader test team says:

Kia Rio Hatchback 1.4 CRDi 2 ISG 5dr

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…

Jill Savage

3 out of 5 stars

Kia Rio Hatchback 1.4 CRDi 3 ISG 5dr

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…

Mark Haworth

5 out of 5 stars

Kia Rio Hatchback 1.25 1 3dr

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…

steven mackay

3 out of 5 stars

Kia Rio Hatchback 1.25 2 3dr

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…

MICHAEL HEATHCOTE

4 out of 5 stars
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