Kia Rio 1.2 DPi 1 5dr Review

Category: Small car

Section: Version review

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RRP £14,900What Car? Target Price£14,164
Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors

The Kia Rio is a promising small car with price on its side. Its turbocharged engines are perfectly competent around town and at motorway speeds. We’d stick to the 2 trim because it adds AEB, gives you access to our favourite engine, has plenty of equipment and still keeps the price competitive. The mild-hybrid engine is only available as part of grade 3 trim, which pushes the Rio’s price too close to more desirable and efficient rivals such as the Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris hybrid.

The entry-level trim comes with air-conditioning, front electric windows, heated electric door mirrors, Bluetooth phone connectivity, automatic lights and a multi-function steering wheel.

The least powerful Rio engine, a 1.2-litre petrol, gets just 83bhp so it's likely to feel out of its depth out of town (we've yet to drive this version).


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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH12.7 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL

Available colours

MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

53.3

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

325

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

120

g/km