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 Fiesta, Renault 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.
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.