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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Cheap to buy and run; lots of kit

Against Cabin finish iffy, base model too basic

Verdict Lots of car for the cash, especially the diesel

Go for… 1.5 CRDI LX

Avoid… Base-level 1.4 GS

Kia Rio Hatchback
  • 1. Cabin quality could be better - some of the plastics look and feel cheap
  • 2. This is hardly a mini supermini: there's good head- and legroom throughout
  • 3. The petrol version returns an impressive 44.8mpg, and the diesel's even better - 60.1mpg
  • 4. This is one of the biggest superminis, and it has a large boot
  • 5. The ride is a touch firm at low speeds, but it settles down nicely once you're going a little faster
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