Used Kia Rio Hatchback 2011 - 2017 review


(2011 - 2017)
Kia Rio Hatchback (11 - 17)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Kia Rio hatchback?

The Kia Rio is up against some tough competition in its class, not least from the Hyundai i20, with which it shares many components. What the i20 doesn’t get, however, is the Rio’s seven-year warranty (although Hyundai’s five-year cover is hardly shabby) or its more striking design.

Others to consider include the Ford Fiesta which offers class-leading dynamics and is a much more entertaining drive, although rear headroom isn’t as good, and the Peugeot 208 which scores well for its low running costs and decent performance, if not the poor ride and low equipment levels on entry-level models.

The Volkswagen Polo is another worthwhile contender in this class with excellent build quality, a roomy interior and low running costs.

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Kia Rio Hatchback (11 - 17)
Kia Rio Hatchback (11 - 17)
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The Kia Rio helped to shrug off the company’s dowdy image with its stylish looks and low running costs.

  • Plenty of space
  • Low running costs
  • Reliable
  • Uninspiring handling
  • Interior quality not up to scratch
  • 1.1 diesel fuel economy