Parkers overall rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4
  • Good levels of room on offer in the front and back
  • Luggage capacity compares well against most rivals
  • Plenty of storage space within the cabin
  • The Rio’s boot and interior space are both commendable, with enough room for two normal-sized adults to fit into the back. However, their overall levels of comfort depend largely on how tall those in the front are, so bare this in mind when you’re sizing up the Rio. Three young children will fit in the back seats without any problems, although note that there are only two Isofix points.

    Bootspace is competitive, and although it can’t match cars such as the Honda Jazz, the 325-litre luggage capacity is more than adequate. The space itself is a good, useful shape and can be increased by folding the – standard 60:40 split – rear seats down. Unfortunately, the seats don’t fold completely flat, making loading long items tricky.

    There’s plenty of storage space in and around the cabin with a good sized glovebox and four cupholders in the front. Annoyingly, though, the handbrake is placed too close to the central cupholders meaning it’s easy to end up pawing at the lid of your coffee instead of activating the handbrake.

    How safe is the Rio?

    • Only three stars from Euro NCAP crash test...
    • Only rises to five with optional safety equipment
    • But you only need second model up to get it all

    When tested in 2011, the third-generation Rio was awarded the maximum five-star rating and performed particularly well in adult and child protection, two areas this generation of model also performs well in. However, in standard form Euro NCAP only awarded this 2017 car three stars, ramping up to five for Rios equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB) that Kia calls Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and Forward Collision Warning, and lane-departure technology.

    That's the limit of driver assistance tech available in the Rio, unlike the adaptive cruise control systems you can find on the Volkswagen Polo, for instance.

    Basic equipment

    The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Rio Hatchback.

    • 3x3 point rear seat belts
    • ABS
    • Air conditioning
    • Alarm
    • Audio remote
    • Driver`s airbag
    • Electric mirrors
    • Folding rear seats
    • Front electric windows
    • Heated mirrors
    • Height adjustable drivers seat
    • Isofix child seat anchor points
    • PAS
    • Passenger`s airbag
    • Remote locking
    • Side airbags
    • Steering wheel rake adjustment
    • Steering wheel reach adjustment

    Equipment by trim level

    To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

    Equipment included on some trim levels
    • Alloy wheels
    • Body coloured bumpers
    • Cloth seat trim
    • Cruise control
    • Front fog lights
    • Heated seats
    • Leather seat trim
    • Metallic Paint
    • Parking sensors
    • Rear electric windows
    • Sat Nav
    • Steel wheels
    • Traction control

    1 equipment

    1 standard equipment
    • Body coloured bumpers
    • Cloth seat trim
    • Front fog lights
    • Steel wheels
    1 optional equipment
    • Traction control

    2 equipment

    2 standard equipment
    • Alloy wheels
    • Body coloured bumpers
    • Cloth seat trim
    • Cruise control
    • Front fog lights
    • Parking sensors
    • Rear electric windows
    • Traction control
    2 optional equipment
    None available

    3 equipment

    3 standard equipment
    • Alloy wheels
    • Body coloured bumpers
    • Cruise control
    • Front fog lights
    • Heated seats
    • Leather seat trim
    • Parking sensors
    • Rear electric windows
    • Sat Nav
    • Traction control
    3 optional equipment
    None available

    First Edition equipment

    First Edition standard equipment
    • Alloy wheels
    • Body coloured bumpers
    • Cruise control
    • Front fog lights
    • Heated seats
    • Leather seat trim
    • Parking sensors
    • Rear electric windows
    • Sat Nav
    • Traction control
    First Edition optional equipment
    • Cloth seat trim

    GT-Line equipment

    GT-Line standard equipment
    • Alloy wheels
    • Cruise control
    • Parking sensors
    • Rear electric windows
    • Traction control
    GT-Line optional equipment
    None available

    GT-Line S equipment

    GT-Line S standard equipment
    • Alloy wheels
    • Cruise control
    • Heated seats
    • Parking sensors
    • Rear electric windows
    • Sat Nav
    • Traction control
    GT-Line S optional equipment
    None available

    Pulse equipment

    Pulse standard equipment
    • Alloy wheels
    • Body coloured bumpers
    • Metallic Paint
    • Parking sensors
    • Rear electric windows
    Pulse optional equipment
    • Cloth seat trim
    • Front fog lights
    • Steel wheels
    • Traction control

    Euro NCAP Rating – 3 stars

    The Kia Rio Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 3 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

    3 star rating
    Test 2017
    Individual safety ratings
    Adult Occupant: 85%
    Child Occupant: 84%
    Vulnerable Road Users: 62%
    Safety Assist: 25%

    Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.