Used Kia Rio Hatchback 2001 - 2005 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

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

Our recommendations

Which used Kia Rio hatchback should I buy?

There are two engines, but neither is particularly capable. Both need to be worked hard to make half-decent progress and are coarse at speed. The 1.3 has 74bhp and is a bit short on flexibility and pace, but it does have the advantage of being cheaper to buy and run. And, although the 1.5 has 97bhp, doesn't perform that much better on the road.

The 1.3 comes in three trims - standard, L and LX. Don't bother with the standard - equipment is so basic that even power steering is omitted. L is slightly more generous, with power steering and height adjustment on the wheel. LX trim adds anti-lock brakes, central locking and electric mirrors. It doesn't cost much more than the L, and the ABS alone is worth the extra cash.