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Overall reader 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
    3 out of 5 stars

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10 reader reviews for Kia Rio Hatchback.
  • 1.3 LX 5dr

    dale edginton , Wiltshire . Date: 15/03/2011
    • 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

    My car

    Bought this car 1 month after i passed my test as insurance was extremely low for such a big car mostly due to the small engine. The 1.3 performs best mid range and offers quite good acceleration, however when accelerating from the lights it's quite slow. Gearbox is ok however it is quite hard to get into 5th sometimes, handling is probably the worst part of the driving experience as the Rio rolls when going any speed above 25mph.

    The interior is very spacious although rear leg room has been sacrificed for more boot space, car can fit a mountain bike in it with the seats folded down! Equipment is decent enough and the boot 12v socket is handy. One problem i found with the Rio is that no after market part fits it without a fight, want new wheel trims? be prepared to take all the wheels off to take the old wheel trims off then, want mud flaps? Don't bother. Styling of the Rio is to an acquired taste but i think it looks pretty sleek although nice alloys would make a big difference.

    Overall for an 18 year old like me i think this is a great car, cheap to insure, good on petrol, quick enough not to bore you, plenty of room for camping and rather impressive speakers for a budget car, there isn't any other car that can match the cost to run and space of the Rio for under 1.5k !

  • 1.5 SE 5dr

    Jamal Thornton , Hampshire . Date: 27/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car on first impression is hideous!

    Its retro toyota looks and poor styling is what to be expected from Kia, but my impression was forcebly changed by the way this car just keeps going and going!

    The Kia's Engine sounds farmiliar to past Japanese rivals and boasted reasonable fuel economy whilst keeping services costs at main dealer low too!

    This car took us from The South East Coast to Bristol, Wales and The South West again & again clocking up 20,000 miles in a short time on only one service and keeping running costs low too!

    Admitidly, the Kia does struggle on hills a bit a few extra BHP & better gearbox would make it a much better car!

    There was a small problem with the idle control on the car which was rectified with a 99p can of carb cleaner, Runs smoothly again!!!

    With the equipment for the money better than most vauxhalls the interior styling & quality was left to be desired with a dash taken from the 1980's!

    Overall this car will stick out in my mind as the best bargain basement.... with Air-Con though! i have driven some cars and i mean some cars but, after our little love affair the Kia will stick out in my mind as a greta little family runaround! Be it for the School runs or haulage journeys where it will pay for itself in terms of money & Practicality, like it did with us!

  • 1.3 LE+ 5dr

    ian clark , suffolk . Date: 15/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    My car

    Owned this car 4yrs done 51,0000 no problems what so ever, i work in towns, car is very easy to park ,a joy to drive would recommend this car to anyone.

  • 1.3 LE 5dr

    kate Bradshaw Date: 13/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I changed to my Rio LE from a Ka Luxury for the anticipated arrival of our first baby. Intended as a long running family car, the boot space was the big seller. The basic interior (compared to my previous all leather Ka) was not at all offensive and would actually disguise any stains likely to follow in the years of travel by children! Nicknamed "The Torpedo", I have been pleased with it's performance. It's not very pretty and it won't go too quickly, but its quite economic in fuel. I have no real complaints about the car other than the cost of its first MOT+Service! All due to usual wear and tear, but I've never spent so much money on a car in one go! Still, I hope it won't cost anything until the next service. This model of car is very poor at holding any value so don't buy one unless you are prepared to run it into the ground! All in all, a lot of car for the least amount of money possible.

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