Kia Rio review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

Kia Rio 2022 interior infotainment
  • Kia Rio 2022 front right tracking
  • Kia Rio 2022 rear cornering
  • Kia Rio 2022 interior dashboard
  • Kia Rio 2022 interior rear seats
  • Kia Rio 2022 interior infotainment
  • Kia Rio 2022 right tracking
  • Kia Rio 2022 rear right tracking
  • Kia Rio 2022 front cornering
  • Kia Rio 2022 front right static
  • Kia Rio 2022 rear left static
  • Kia Rio 2022 wheel detail
  • Kia Rio 2022 headlight detail
  • Kia Rio 2022 rear lights detail
  • Kia Rio 2022 interior front seats
  • Kia Rio 2022 interior driver display
  • Kia Rio 2022 boot open
  • Kia Rio 2022 front right tracking
  • Kia Rio 2022 rear cornering
  • Kia Rio 2022 interior dashboard
  • Kia Rio 2022 interior rear seats
  • Kia Rio 2022 interior infotainment
  • Kia Rio 2022 right tracking
  • Kia Rio 2022 rear right tracking
  • Kia Rio 2022 front cornering
  • Kia Rio 2022 front right static
  • Kia Rio 2022 rear left static
  • Kia Rio 2022 wheel detail
  • Kia Rio 2022 headlight detail
  • Kia Rio 2022 rear lights detail
  • Kia Rio 2022 interior front seats
  • Kia Rio 2022 interior driver display
  • Kia Rio 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

At first glance, the Kia Rio seems good value when compared with the Ford FiestaRenault Clio and Skoda Fabia but only the least recommendable engine and trim combination actually undercuts them on price.

However, the grade 2 trim Rio looks like decent value because of its high equipment levels, plus you get access to the punchy 1.0-litre turbocharged engine (badged 1.0 T-GDi). Disappointingly, if you want the more frugal, mild-hybrid version of the same engine, you have to step up to 3 trim, which pushes the price too close to the more desirable Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris

The range is topped by GT-Line S trim, which gets 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.

Kia Rio 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

The Rio finished around mid-table in the small cars category of the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That’s above premium rivals including the Seat Ibiza, Skoda Fabia, Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, but below the Dacia Sandero and Honda Jazz. 

Overview

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.

  • Most trims are well equipped
  • Spacious rear-seat space and boot
  • Class-leading warranty
  • Fidgety ride in town
  • So-so handling
  • Mild-hybrid engine is only available with pricier trim levels
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