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The Kia Rio is a promising small car with price on its side, while its turbocharged engines are perfectly competent both around town and at faster motorway speeds. It’s a shame the entry-level trim does without AEB, but grade ‘2’ trim comes with plenty of kit, gives you access to our favourite 1.0-litre turbocharged engine and keeps the Rio’s price competitive. We’d avoid stepping up to the mild-hybrid version of the same engine as it’s only available as part of grade ‘3’ trim and this pushes the Rio’s price too close to more desirable and even more efficient rivals such as the Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris hybrid.
The trimSee full equipment
At the top of the range, there is GT-Line S. It gets sporty cosmetic tweaks such as 17in alloy wheels, gloss black exterior highlights, a rear spoiler, LED front and rear fog lights, twin exhaust tips, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, faux carbon-fibre interior trim, aluminium pedals, keyless start, front parking sensors and a blind-spot warning system.
The engineSee full engine specs
This is essentially a more powerful, 118bhp, mild-hybrid version of the regular 1.0-litre (badged 1.0 T-GDi 48V). That means there is a small electric motor and battery, which adds a little electrical ‘kick’ to the engine as you drive around. The assistance is very mild, however, and you won’t notice its extra power unless you’re pushing on particularly hard, so we don’t think it’s worth the additional outlay.
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