You get plenty of equipment, even on the most basic of Rios. Opt for ‘1’ grade, and you get air-con, front electric windows, heated electric door mirrors, Bluetooth, auto lights and a multi-function steering wheel. Move up to ‘2’ and you get alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, rear electric windows, electric folding mirrors, rear parking sensors, a six-speaker stereo with DAB radio, cruise control and automatic emergency city braking.
At the top of the ‘normal’ trims is ‘3’. This adds bigger alloys, climate control, faux leather seats that are heated up front, a heated steering wheel, auto wipers and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and sat-nav. There’s also a limited-run First Edition that comes with a 118bhp version of the 1.0-litre petrol engine, keyless entry and go, 17in wheels, stainless steel pedals and LED rear lights.
It’s just a shame that while ‘2’ has almost everything you really need, the only option available is snazzy paint finishes and not the upgraded infotainment system, with modern smartphone connectivity and sat-nav, that’s only available on the expensive ‘3’ trim.