Used Kia Rio Hatchback 2011 - 2017 review

Ownership cost

(2011 - 2017)
Kia Rio Hatchback (11 - 17)
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What used Kia Rio hatchback will I get for my budget?

The Kia Rio has proved quite resistant to depreciation and while prices start at £2500 this will be for a car that has covered considerably more than 100,000 miles. Up your budget to £4000 and you will have a choice of either petrol or diesel and a full service history, but you’ll still be looking at a car that’s covered 75,000 miles or so.

If you have upwards of £6000 to spend, you will have an extensive choice of three- and five-door models to choose from, including the special edition VR7 trim. These cars will have several years’ warranty remaining and make a sensible used purchase.

If you simply must have the range-topping ‘4’ trim level with its plentful equipment, then you’ll need to spend at least £8500 on your Rio.

Kia Rio Hatchback (11 - 17)

How much does it cost to run a Kia Rio hatchback?

With low CO2 ratings and impressive on-paper economy, especially for the 1.1-litre diesel, a seven-year warranty plus affordable dealership servicing costs, the Rio should be the epitome of quality motoring on a tight budget.

All 1.1-litre diesel models cost nothing to tax, while the larger 1.4-litre diesel attracts a £20 a year VED rate. The 1.25-litre petrol will cost £30 a year to tax, but watch out for the 1.4-litre petrol, especially if equipped with the automatic gearbox which incurs a jump in car tax to £145 per year.

Fuel economy ranges from a class-leading 88.3mpg for the 1.1 CRDi EcoDynamics, although do note that if air conditioning is added to the car’s specification, this is immediately reduced to 78.5mpg. The larger-engined diesel is almost as frugal at 70mpg while the 1.25 petrol will return 56.5mpg. The 1.4 petrol with the automatic gearbox can only manage 44mpg.

While the claimed figures look good, real fuel economy is more in line what you’d expect of a car of this class; 55-60mpg from the 1.1-litre diesel and low 50s from the 1.4-litre diesel, or about 45mpg for the 1.25 petrol. An automatic 1.4 will return just 35mpg.

All Kias come with a seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty which helps to take the sting out of any unexpected repairs, but do make sure it’s still valid and become familiar with the terms and conditions.

Some first owners will also have opted for a Kia Care-3 or Care-3 Plus servicing package which covers servicing costs for three- or five-years and can also be transferred to a new owner.

Finally, depending on your budget, it could pay to search for an approved used Rio from a franchised dealer, because all Kias sold through this scheme come with a full seven-year warranty, just as a new Kia would.


Kia Rio Hatchback (11 - 17)
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