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KIA RIO Hatchback 1.4 2 5dr

This is a decent package, but we think it's worth spending a little more to get a diesel car, with more punch and better economy - or a little more equipment.

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1.0 T-GDi 118
Currently only available in top-spec First Edition trim, this engine comes with a six-speed gearbox and only emits 5g/km more carbon than the less powerful 1.0-litre. As you have to work it really hard to notice the extra power, we’d stick to the 99bhp lump.
1.4 CRDi 89
Only available on β€˜3’ trim, this is an exceedingly pricey option. Performance is strong, but we’d still avoid it unless you do a ridiculous amount of miles per year.
1.4 CRDi
This diesel engine has the lowest carbon emissions of the range but costs a lot more than the petrol engines; you’d have to do a lot of miles to recoup your initial investment. It’s also not very refined. We’d stick to the petrols.
1.0 T-GDi
A turbocharger means this little 1.0-litre three-cylinder motor has more power and is more flexible than the bigger four-cylinder engines. It’s at home in town or on the motorway, and offers more than enough pace to match or beat many rivals with equivalent engines.
This more powerful four-cylinder engine isn’t much more than the 1.25 and should prove more at home out of town. It’s also the only engine available with an automatic gearbox. It does have the highest carbon emissions of the range with the auto proving particularly woeful in that respect.
The entry-level engine is a 1.25-litre petrol engine coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox. We haven&#39;t tried it yet, but it should prove fine for urban use, but we suspect you’ll have to work it hard on the motorway.

Miles per gallon

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46.3-80.7 mpg

CO2 Emissions

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102-98 g/km

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980 litres

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