What alternatives should I consider to a used Kia Rio hatchback?
The Hyundai i20 is another good value offering from the Koreans. Unlike the Rio, this car has a shorter warranty at five years, but it’s still better than most mainstream rivals. You have a similar choice of engines and the i20 is also very well equipped.
The Skoda Fabia may not look as posh as a Volkswagen Polo, but all the dashboard controls have the same feeling of quality and its shared infotainment system is one of the best in the class. You also get a wide range of quiet petrol engines and an efficient diesel unit.
The Volkswagen Polo is the one to beat in terms of overall sophistication and driving dynamics. It is not the most entertaining car to drive, but the way it balances ride comfort and body control mark it out among its competitors. It will be more expensive to buy, though.