Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Kia Rio hatchback?
Kia has demonstrated a so-so record for reliability in recent years. The Korean firm wasn't included in the last What Car? Reliability Survey, but it managed mid-table respectability in the most recent JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
The Rio did Kia no favours in the study, though, scoring poorly for mechanical reliability and finishing too near the bottom of the table for comfort. Problems with the suspension, the engine and the ventilation system were the main areas of complaint.
Kia also issued two recalls on the car, so check the service history to see whether the car you're looking at was affected and whether the repair work has been carried out. Cars with ABS built between November 2002 and March 2003 needed to have their braking systems reprogrammed, while all cars built before March 2004 needed to be checked for a potential fuel leak.