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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Kia Rio Hatchback review.

Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Kia Rio (05-11) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Neat styling, easy to drive, decent diesel engine, good value for money

CONS

Unsophisticated ride on early cars, awkward gearchange, noisy at higher speeds

At a glance

New price £7,495 - £11,810
Used price £335 - £2,900
Fuel economy 39 - 62 mpg
Road tax cost £30 - £235
Insurance group 12 - 19 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Neat styling, easy to drive, decent diesel engine, good value for money

CONS

Unsophisticated ride on early cars, awkward gearchange, noisy at higher speeds

Kia Rio rivals

Hyundai
Getz
2.5 out of 5 2.5
Chevrolet
Kalos
2 out of 5 2.0
Citroën
C3
2.5 out of 5 2.5

The Kia Rio is a small hatchback that's often overlooked in favour of more stylish or well known makes. But the Rio has plenty going for it, especially as a good value and cheap to run town car. It's robustly built with a neat interior, the majority of models are well equipped and it's also easy to drive with light steering. It doesn't feel especially modern inside, nor on the move where it lacks refinement and can be quite noisy at higher speeds.

But both engines in the range are more than capable and return decent economy, making the Rio cheap to run. All models from January 2010 come with an unrivalled seven-year warranty as standard, replacing the previous three year scheme.

Kia Rio rivals

Hyundai
Getz
2.5 out of 5 2.5
Chevrolet
Kalos
2 out of 5 2.0
Citroën
C3
2.5 out of 5 2.5