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Kia Rio

(2017 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

64
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

54
%
E

Safety Rating:

44
%
E

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

64
%
A

Running Costs:

77
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

64
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

54
%
E

Safety Rating:

44
%
E

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

64
%
A

Running Costs:

77
%
A

Summary


The Kia Rio is a small supermini-class five-door hatchback. The current model is the fourth-generation Rio, which arrived in the UK in early 2017. It shares most of its underpinnings with the Kia Stonic small SUV and the Hyundai i20 hatch.

The Rio is currently only available with a choice of three petrol engines. It was originally offered with a diesel engine as well, but this was discontinued due to declining European demand for small diesel cars.

The Kia Rio has received mixed reviews from the UK motoring media, and its overall Expert Rating of 56% (as of January 2024) places it firmly in the bottom half of the supermini class.

Most reviews have considered it to be competent but not in the same league as class leaders like the Ford Fiesta and SEAT Ibiza. Some titles, like Which?, have marked it down severely due to its sub-par three-star safety rating from Euro NCAP on the entry-level model.

Key specifications


Body style: Small five-door hatch
Engines: petrol
Price: From £14,900 on-road

Launched: Spring 2017
Last updated: Spring 2018
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: September 2017
Date expired: January 2030
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 85%
Child protection: 84%
Vulnerable road users: 62%
Safety assist: 25%

Note on safety

As of May 2020, the entry-level Kia Rio ‘1’ earned a three-star rating from Euro NCAP in standard form. Models from specification ‘2’ and upwards are fitted with additional safety equipment as standard, which is an additional £350 option on the ‘1’. This additional equipment lifts the Euro NCAP safety score to five stars.

This rating has since expired, as the car no longer meets the increasing standards for a three-star rating.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Kia Rio has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Kia Rio has an above average warranty reliability score, according to extended warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert from our partner, MotorEasy.

The key Rio complaint refers to the car’s braking system, which costs a pretty affordable £170 to fix on average. Very expensive engine issues have also been reported though – while they are rare the average fix cost is close to £3,700. That’s very high for a car of this size.

However, we only have 24 warranty claims on file, which is a small amount. Not only are other superminis like the Vauxhall Corsa more reliable according to MotorEasy, but they have a much larger selection of reported warranty claims, which provides a more accurate breakdown of what is likely to cause issues during the course of ownership.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models51 mpgB44 – 54 mpgB – C
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models127 g/kmA118 – 146 g/kmA – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models7A4 – 10A – A

Running costs for the Kia Rio range are a pretty affordable, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Though we don’t current have the full picture – with no maintenance and service cost estimates – the car’s fuel consumption which ranges from 44mpg to 54mpg is commendable, and its insurance premiums should be very low.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Kia Rio has received

2020

  • Auto Express Driver Power Awards – Best Supermini

2019

  • Auto Express Driver Power Awards – Best Supermini

2018

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Value New Car + Best Car for New Drivers

2017

  • iF Design Awards – Product Design Award

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The Kia Rio has received mixed media reviews, with an overall Expert Rating places it firmly in the bottom half of the supermini class.Kia Rio