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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What Car? team
1 May 2016 10:20 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Our verdict

In answer to our earlier question: yes, the Rio has made a quantum leap forward. This all-new model runs the Fabia close – really close. That cracking engine makes it nippy, and it’s genuinely roomy for four adults (five at a push), handsomely equipped and nicely finished. If only it were cheaper on finance and a bit more comfortable, it might have won. Once again, though, the Fabia’s package of affordability, decent practicality and fine driving manners keeps it at the top of the pile.

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1st – Skoda Fabia

New Kia Rio vs Skoda Fabia

For Sweeter ride and handling; cheaper to finance; better infotainment

Against Less rear seat space; slower; not as well equipped

Verdict Great to drive, sit in and live with. Still our favourite small car


2nd – Kia Rio

New Kia Rio vs Skoda Fabia

For Strong performance; more space in the back; driving position

Against Jittery town ride; pricey to finance; road noise; infotainment

Verdict Comes up short in a few areas, but still very recommendable

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Kia Rio 1.0 T-GDi 99 ‘2’

Engine size 1.0 turbo petrol

List price £14,545

Target Price £13,062

Power 99bhp @ 4500rpm

Torque 126lb ft @ 1500-4000rpm

0-60mph 10.0sec

Top speed 115mph

Gov't fuel economy 62.8mpg

CO2 emissions 102g/km


Specifications: Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE

Engine size 1.2 turbo petrol

List price £14,005

Target Price £12,836

Power 89bhp @ 4400-5400rpm

Torque 118lb ft @ 1400-3500rpm

0-60mph 11.3sec

Top speed 113mph

Gov't fuel economy 60.1mpg

CO2 emissions 107g/km

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