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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 trimSee full equipment
This is our favourite Rio trim level. It includes AEB, 15in alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, rear electric windows, electric folding mirrors, cruise control and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The engineSee full engine specs
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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