Kia Rio expert car review verdict – BBC Top Gear

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Rio is a sensible It looks better, drives ably and is now not too boring to be considered.


What is it?

The old Kia Rio was hardly a name, yet still managed to a few thousand every year it being dull, dated, and depressing in almost every

The latest one is a very different boasting chiselled styling by designer Peter Schreyer and straight at the Ford Fiesta and VW heartland. It aims to combine newfound good looks but solid and very European an industry-leading warranty to steal a far slice of the supermini sector.


Good news: the Rio muster here. That’s something the old one couldn’t claim. It with enough panache to that if someone took your Fiesta and gave you you wouldn’t feel like the sky had in. No, it doesn’t wildly outperform its and isn’t as brilliant to drive as the but it is good enough.

We found the ride could be a bit and sharp when just but coped well with big while the steering is quick and helps the Rio feel sufficiently

On the inside

The interior is tidy and fairly thanks to detail flourishes as the harpsichord keys for some of the control functions. It’s a these nice touches echoed elsewhere, mind, as the colour scheme is a bit black and (albeit very well put There’s lots of room and kit for the though, while space in the rear and boot all give no for complaint.

The Rio is reassuring at speed, feeling and settled at motorway speeds, crosswinds can unsettle it a bit. also rather too much noise, particularly at higher hurting overall refinement.

Competitive prices are a given, as is the seven-year warranty. On paper, one of the more compelling supermini The engines are economical too, the 1.1-litre CRDi.

Take it air con and it emits just 85g/km and average a mighty 88.3mpg: you a Toyota Yaris Hybrid to it (or a new Hyundai i20). The best is the 1.4-litre petrol, newly for 2013 with ISG stop-start. £200 more but does instead of 51mpg, and makes for a peaceful cabin when at traffic lights.

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