Used Kia Rio 2017-present review

Category: Small car

Section: Ownership cost

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Used Kia Rio 2017-present review
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Ownership cost

What used Kia Rio hatchback will I get for my budget?

Prices for a Kia Rio at the time of writing start at £7000 for a 2017 1.25-litre example in 1 trim, but you'd be better off increasing your budget to £9000 to get a better specified 2 with the 99bhp 1.0-litre engine. A First Edition model tends to cost £11,000, while a top-spec GT-Line S can be found for £13,000. Spend between £9000 and £11,000 on a mid-spec Rio from 2018 or 2019, and £11,000 to £13,000 on a 2019 or 2020 car. Spend a little more for the post-facelift cars. 

CO2 emissions

The most polluting Rio is the 1.4 automatic with a CO2 figure of 153g/km, followed closely by the 1.0-litre auto at 146g/km. The entry-level 1.25 petrol emits 140g/km, while both the manual version of the 1.4 and 118bhp 1.0-litre petrol spit out 139g/km. Finally, the 99bhp 1.0-litre emits 132g/km and is the greenest petrol in the range, but it is the 76bhp 1.4 diesel that has the lowest overall figure with 92g/km, with the 89bhp just managing to sneak into the free tax bracket due to a figure of 98g/km.  

Road tax

Road tax for all models registered before 1 April 2017 will vary depending on the emissions the engine produces (see paragraph above for more information), while examples registered after this date will have the same flat-rate fee for cars that cost less than £40,000 when new. This is currently £155 a year. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.

Servicing

Kia dealer servicing is reasonably priced compared with competitors, so your maintenance cost should be quite low. You can also check either with your local Kia dealer or online to find out if your car already has a pre-purchased service plan with it. Plus, you can take advantage of fixed-priced MOT costs when your car reaches three years old.

Insurance

Insurance groups for the Rio are reasonable compared with the rest of the class, ranging from group 4 for a 1.25 1 petrol to group 10 for the 118bhp 1.0-litre GT-Line S. 

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