Launched in 2001, the Kia Rio small hatchback is now in its fourth iteration, and its journey follows the rise of Kia as a respected manufacturer of stylish cars. The 2011 offering was a cut above what had come before, but the car that launched in 2017 is the most handsome yet. Regardless of model year though, the Rio is a practical, trustworthy and good value alternative to some of the more familiar choices, like the Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo.
Visit the Kia Rio model page to explore available vehicles.
What we think about the Kia Rio
If you’re looking for a small car, the Kia Rio is a good value option, but it won’t set your world alight.
Transferable, long warranty
Roomy interior and boot
Well-equipped (at 2 trim)
Unexciting to drive
Low safety rating at base trim
We’re reviewing the 2017 Kia Rio, but earlier models are well worth a look too. Diesel is no longer an option, but there are four petrol engines. Fuel efficiency across the range stays at around and above 40 mpg, and trim levels are simply 1, 2 and 3, plus the sporty GT-Line (S).
Our verdict of the Kia Rio
4.5 / 5 Gumtree rating
If you like the look of the Rio and the promise of reliability, it could make a good value alternative to more mainstream options.