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What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For It’s roomy, has a big boot, and is cheap to buy

Against It won’t excite you, and - even at these prices - the cabin feels cheap

Verdict Spacious and cheap, but bland in too many ways

Go for… 1.3 LX

Avoid… 1.5 SE

Kia Rio Hatchback
  • 1. The cabin materials are cheap and unappealing, and way off the standards set by European rivals
  • 2. Look out for problems with the suspension and engine - both have been reported
  • 3. Both engines need to be worked hard and are coarse at high revs
  • 4. There are known problems with the ventilation system, so check it all works properly before you buy
  • 5. There's plenty of room in the back, and cabin space generally is excellent
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