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Parkers overall rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4
Used £550 - £18,285

Initially launched in the UK in 2001, the Kia Rio started life as a mid-sized car that could be bought for small car cash. It was rudimentary at best and suffered with poor residual values, but since most buyers kept theirs for a long time anyway, this wasn’t a huge drawback.

It was replaced by a new version in 2005 with the focus more towards small car motoring at low cost. Again it was an option that didn’t feature a huge amount of equipment or an interesting design, but that didn’t stop many people buying them.