Kia Rio 2022 rear cornering
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  • 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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  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The Kia Rio engine range starts with a 1.2-litre petrol (badged 1.2 DPi) with a meagre 83bhp. We haven't driven one yet, but we suspect it will feel out of its depth on faster roads. Next up is the 99bhp 1.0 T-GDi. It's our pick of the line-up because it’s as flexible as the small turbo engines you’ll find in the Ford Fiesta and Skoda Fabia and sits comfortably at motorway speeds. 

If you want a little extra power, there’s the 118bhp 1.0 T-GDi 48V. It uses mild-hybrid technology, with a small electric motor and battery giving the engine a little electrical ‘kick’ as you drive around. You won’t notice it unless you’re pushing on particularly hard, so we don’t think it’s worth the additional outlay.

Kia Rio 2022 rear cornering

Handling

One benefit of the distinctly firm edge of the Rio's ride is that it stays nicely upright even on winding country roads. Its steering is quick too, making the car feel quite darty when turning into a bend. 

It’s not all good news though. The steering is light and gives you very little feel of what the front wheels are up to or how much grip you have to play with. For a more enjoyable driving experience, a Fiesta is far more fun.

Noise and vibration

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