Used Kia Rio Hatchback 2005 - 2011 review

Category: Small car

Section: What is it like?

2005 - 2011 review
Kia Rio Hatchback (05 - 11)
  • Kia Rio Hatchback (05 - 11)
  • Kia Rio Hatchback (05 - 11)
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What's the used Kia Rio hatchback like?

Prices of the Kia Rio are low for what you get, and even the range-topping model, which has lots of goodies, should be within reach. The diesel version is especially good value, because it's not that much more expensive than the petrol car.

There's plenty of space, too. The Rio is one of the bigger vehicles in the supermini class, and this is reflected in good head- and legroom throughout. The boot is a good size, too, but dashboard quality could be much better. Some of the plastics look and feel cheap.

The drive trails behind some rivals, mind you. The body leans through corners and the steering is vague. Likewise, the ride is a touch firm at low speeds, but it settles down as you get faster, and the diesel is impressively quiet at the motorway limit.