Used Kia Rio Hatchback 2001 - 2005 review

Category: Small car

Section: Advice for buyers

Kia Rio Hatchback (01 - 05)
  • Kia Rio Hatchback (01 - 05)
  • Kia Rio Hatchback (01 - 05)

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.