What should I look for in a used Kia Rio hatchback?
Interiors are generally quite hard-wearing, but you should do all the usual checks such as stains on seat fabric and carpets. Look for scuffed and scratched plastic trim in the boot because it isn’t all carpeted.
Being a small car that will be primarily used in urban environments, look for any bodywork damage or poor paint finish that could be an indication of previous repair work. Also, scrutinise the alloy wheels for any kerb damage, particularly the 3 models because those cars have bigger alloy wheels.
What are the most common problems with a used Kia Rio hatchback?
This generation of Kia Rio is still fairly new to the used market, but some early cars were subjected to a recall. That recall relates to child locks on the rear doors that might not work because the release lever cable in some cars isn’t the correct length. Rios built between 10 April 2017 and 5 June 2017 should have had this cable inspected by a Kia dealership and replaced. If you are in any doubt whether your car is affected, contact your local Kia dealership to find out.
This generation of Rio is too new to have taken part in our latest What Car? reliability survey, but Kia as a brand finished in 11th place out of 32 manufacturers – a fine result.
If you would like to see the full reliability, head to the What Car? reliability survey pages for more information.