Kia Rio

Kia Rio information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the supermini. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Rio car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.

The Kia Rio is the supermini slotting above the Picanto and below the Ceed. Mechanically, it’s paired with the i20 from sister company Hyundai and offers a choice of petrol and diesel engines in manual and auto configurations. For more information on the Rio, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test
The Rio follows the modern Audi template: it looks slick and Europeanised and quality is a leapfrog forwards over Kias of yore, if not quite as smart as the best Europeans. It’s also quite big: the wheelbase is substantially bigger than a Fiesta’s, freeing up some impressive room between the axles for bodies. But it can’t live with the class leaders for driving polish: the ride is a little firm and even the largest 1.4 petrol engine can run short of puff. The most disappointing aspect is neutered steering, with strange weighting and lack of feel. I’m afraid most of us would rather take a Fiesta.

The one we’d buy

The one we’d avoid like the plague
1.4 automatic

Rivals to consider
Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa, VW Polo

Well equipped, attractive, roomy

Mediocre drive, poor steering, lifeless petrol engines

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