Parkers overall rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4
  • Easy to get comfortable thanks to wide range of adjustment
  • Slick manual gearboxes and an impressive infotainment system
  • Not particularly exciting or interesting, however

2019 Kia Rio GT-Line interior

This is one of Kia Rio’s better areas thanks to a good range of adjustability in the driving position, an impressive infotainment system and easy to use controls. It’s not particularly interesting or inspiring, yet the overall functionality is excellent and there’s little in the way of cheap-feeling plastics.

Unlike many superminis the Rio offers a comprehensive level of reach adjustment in the steering wheel to suit drivers of all sizes. Couple this with some comfy and supportive seats and it’s easy to get settled in the Rio.

All the switchgear, although not especially premium feeling, has a pleasant weightiness to its actions while all the buttons are easy to locate and clearly labelled. The manual gearboxes also offer a smooth and consistent action, never feeling notchy or unpleasant.

2019 Kia Rio infotainment screen

The touchscreen infotainment system is fast and easy to operate. Scrolling through phone contacts or radio stations is done particularly well and works just like a premium iPhone.

The only real let down is the digital display in between the dials. It’s clear enough but the black and white colour scheme feels old-fashioned compared to brighter offerings in the Rio’s rivals. Plus, like many other Kias, there’s nothing to indicate what speed the cruise control is pre-set to.

Is it comfortable?

  • Respectable ride quality and refinement levels in petrol Rios
  • Noisy diesel engines spoil the party, however
  • Avoid larger 17-inch wheels on higher-spec cars

2019 Kia Rio GT-Line front seats

The Kia Rio boasts reasonable comfort and refinement levels thanks to supportive seats and a competent ride quality.

In particular the 1.0-litre petrol engines are hushed and unobtrusive at cruising speeds, only sounding harsh and unpleasant if they’re revved hard. Cars fitted with the 1.4-litre diesel unit are less impressive however, with a loud thrum making its way into the cabin under even light acceleration.

Smooth ride quality takes the edge off sharp bumps impressively, yet is prone to jiggling around on all but the flattest road surfaces. It’s not jarring for the passengers, yet does mean the Rio lags behind the class leaders in this area.

For the best comfort avoid the 17-inch alloys on the higher-spec models and stick with the 15- and 16-inch wheels of the lower trim levels.