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Kia Rio Hatchback 2011 - 2017 review

(2011 - 2017)
Kia Rio Hatchback (11 - 17)
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Which used Kia Rio hatchback should I buy?

A large proportion of Kia Rios are equipped with the 1.1-litre diesel, with owners hoping the advertised economy figures would be achievable, but the most common complaint is that these figures are just not possible in normal day-to-day driving. Combine this with the fact it feels underpowered and we would instead recommend going for the more powerful 1.4 diesel, which combines decent performance with good economy.

If you’d rather go for petrol power, the 1.25-litre unit is a decent performer, if not ultimately as strong as the diesel.

Trim levels are a straightforward 1, 2, 3 and 4, with the latter only coming to market later in the Rio’s life. There were also special edition models, the SR7 and VR7. A 1 is fairly basic, a 2 adds air conditioning, 16-inch alloys, electric mirrors and more upmarket trim, while a 3 brings 17-inch alloys, climate control, heated seats, cruise control and a better audio system. The range-topping ‘4’ comes with leather upholstery, keyless go and a heated steering wheel. All Rios are equipped with Bluetooth and a CD player.

Our favourite Kia Rio: 1.4 CRDi 2 EcoDynamics

 

Kia Rio Hatchback (11 - 17)

Which used Kia Rio hatchback should I buy?

A large proportion of Kia Rios are equipped with the 1.1-litre diesel, with owners hoping the advertised economy figures would be achievable, but the most common complaint is that these figures are just not possible in normal day-to-day driving. Combine this with the fact it feels underpowered and we would instead recommend going for the more powerful 1.4 diesel, which combines decent performance with good economy.

If you’d rather go for petrol power, the 1.25-litre unit is a decent performer, if not ultimately as strong as the diesel.

Trim levels are a straightforward 1, 2, 3 and 4, with the latter only coming to market later in the Rio’s life. There were also special edition models, the SR7 and VR7. A 1 is fairly basic, a 2 adds air conditioning, 16-inch alloys, electric mirrors and more upmarket trim, while a 3 brings 17-inch alloys, climate control, heated seats, cruise control and a better audio system. The range-topping ‘4’ comes with leather upholstery, keyless go and a heated steering wheel. All Rios are equipped with Bluetooth and a CD player.

Our favourite Kia Rio: 1.4 CRDi 2 EcoDynamics

 

Kia Rio Hatchback (11 - 17)
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