This is a great buy for the money. Loaded with kit, and in silver it looks great with those big machined alloys and dark rear tints. The LED running lights actually look at home in the headlamp cluster instead of an afterthought (Ford, Citroen etc.). I wouldn't recommend the red that Kia have used in all their promotional material, presumably to appeal to the younger buyer - it doesn't look metallic, despite the additional cost. The 17" wheels make the ride on the firm side, and yes, the steering is a little vague on the straight, but I find I've got used to the way it handles and I'm beginning to really enjoy the driving experience. Not something you could have said about the porridge-based previous generation Rio. Though not quick, the acceleration through the gears doesn't feel frustratingly slow either, and the car still pulls well even in 6th gear. The interior is certainly up to the standard of the Fiesta and Corsa, if a little quirky looking, and miles ahead of Seat. Fuel economy is as expected, i.e. nothing like the published figures. I manage around 46mpg in mixed driving which I think is perfectly acceptable for this size of car. The only quibble I have - you'll need those optional rear parking sensors if you go for 1 or 2 trim unless you're used to viewing the world through a letterbox. That rear window really is tiny viewed from the driver's seat, and the reversing light is pretty weak. All in all though, thoroughly recommended. 7 year warranty! 3 services £259!!!
Paul Scott, Surrey, November 30th 2011