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£9,995 - £14,895

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3 Stars
On December 28, 2011
Last modified:January 29, 2012


Kia Rio hatchback is an underdog that offer attractive exterior and comfortable interior. It offers good drive in and outise of the town. The stylish looks appeals many people on the road. It is a good choice for hatch lovers.

The all-new Kia Rio is no longer and old hatchback, with improved modern look and the potential to challenge European made automobiles. Our review is based on analysis of various published car reviews for Kia Rio. Some reviewers are not happy that it isn’t as aggressive as Picanto, but the new bold look makes it stand out from the crowd. At a glance, it is an attention grabber with pouncing roof line that gives Rio a coupe look. It is completely redesigned lower in height, longer and wider than its old model. The new Rio gives a look of European design. Kia Rio is a more competitive car with a large list of competitors like Renault Clio, Peugeot 207, Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta. Keep your fingers crossed because it might be better than the competition.

Most reviewers state that it is a refined super-mini that’s a perfect alternative to Volkswagen Polo with good value. It is a good car for people looking forward to buying a car with style and attitude. Moreover, Rio is not heavy on your pocket, and it may be the underdog. For 2012, Kia may offer more performance upgrades and latest equipments.

Kia Rio Prices

Model Price
Kia Rio 1.25 £10,595
Kia Rio 1.25 1 Air £11,395
Kia Rio Hatchback 1.1D EcoDynamics 1 £11,895
Kia Rio Hatchback 1.25 2 £12,495
Kia Rio 1.1D EcoDynamics 1 Air £12,695
Kia Rio Hatchback 1.4 2 £13,095
Kia Rio Hatchback 1.4 3 £13,795
Kia Rio Hatchback 1.4D EcoDynamics 2 £14,195
Kia Rio Hatchback 1.4D EcoDynamics 3 £14,895

Power & Performance

When it comes to performance, Kia Rio has choice of two powerful diesel engines, 1.1 litre and 1.4 litre and two petrol engines 1.25 litre and 1.4. It has long gearing which reduces flexibility and only adequate performance is offered. It is a good town car that accelerates well, but on the open road it lacks fire-power. You need to work hard on take-overs by shifting gears and keeping the momentum. The top speed is 114mph and 0 to 60 second in 11 seconds.

Kia Rio is perfect commuter in town thanks to its light controls and suspension. However, if you take it to high-speed twisting roads, then you might get frustrated with steering. You will love the road grip and agility of Rio. You can enjoy high speed turnings thanks to its resistance to body roll, but it is not as good as Ford Fiesta. You can enjoy calm and comfortable ride on motorways.

Interior & Exterior

Interior is comfortable, lush materials, and you can adjust the driver’s seat according to your position. Controls are simple and easy to use well placed inside the vehicle. One disadvantage is that thick pillars reduce the rear visibility and sometimes make complete blind to coming objects. The interior space is more than any other mini available in the market. The leg room and head room is sufficient for adults. You can place 288 litres in boot, and it can be increased with rear seats folded down. It has much better equipment than other competitors like USB/Aux, electric front windows, and air-conditioning. You can also choose alloys, front fog lights, electrically operated door mirrors and chrome grille.

From exterior looks, it is one bold mini with modern design. It surely looks good on the road and female drivers are tends to like it more.

Safety & Reliability

Kia Rio is one of the safest cars to drive. According to EURO NCAP, it receives 5 star ratings improving the previous model 4 star ratings for Rio. Some of the safety features include Electronic Stability Control, Electron Brake-force Distribution, Emergency Brake Assist, Twin front airbags, side airbags, and curtain airbags.

Kia has no issues or breakdown, and it is the most reliable car to drive. It is backed up by Kia’s seven years warranty that assures the new buyers.

eBest Cars Verdict

It is a perfect car and probably the best alternative to Volkswagen Polo. The running costs are low and starting price is lower than Polo. However, you may not find too many of them on the road, which may reduce resale value. You are covered with solid seven-year  warranty, which is not offered by competitors. Fuel economy is about average with 51.4 mpg and CO2 emissions are kept to minimum with 128g/km. It isn’t bad, but not competitive comparing other vehicles. Overall, a good car that offers quality of Polo within budgets.

Kia Rio 2012 Pictures


Kia Rio hatchback is an underdog that offer attractive exterior and comfortable interior. It offers good drive in and outise of the town. The stylish looks appeals many people on the road. It is a good choice for hatch lovers.

About the author: Ahmad Wali


Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter


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