New Kia Rio vs Skoda Fabia

Kia wants to move from the small hatch fringe to being the main attraction with its new Rio. But first it has to usurp the current king, the Skoda Fabia...

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1 May 2016 10:20 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

What will they cost?

If you’re a cash buyer, the Fabia will cost you slightly less. More pertinently, though, it’s significantly cheaper on a 36-month personal contract purchase (PCP) finance agreement. Put down a £1000 deposit and, assuming you do 10,000 miles a year, you’ll pay £70 a month less to drive the Fabia.

The difference is smaller on a 36-month straight leasing deal, but you’ll still pay £15 per month more for the Rio. Meanwhile, there’s barely anything to split these cars for monthly company car tax, and although the Rio officially drinks a little less fuel, the difference adds up to just £45 every 12,000 miles.

New Kia Rio vs Skoda Fabia

The Rio gives you more luxuries for your money. Front and rear electric windows are standard – the Fabia makes do with wind-up windows in the rear – and the Rio also gets cruise control, automatic headlights, power-folding door mirrors and a front centre armrest, all of which cost extra on the Fabia. Both come with a leather-trimmed steering wheel (with stereo controls) and air conditioning.

An automatic emergency braking system – which should prevent you accidentally slamming into the car in front around town – is standard on both, as are six airbags. The Rio also comes with a lane departure warning system that beeps if you’re straying from your lane. This set-up isn’t available on the Fabia at all, even as an option.

The Rio hadn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP at the time of writing – the Fabia was awarded a top five-star rating – while security expert Thatcham says it’s the easier car to break into or steal. However, you do get peace of mind with Kia’s class-leading seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, which knocks spots off the Fabia’s three-year/60,000-mile cover.