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Kia Rio

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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 review has received mixed ratings from the UK motoring media, and its overall Expert Rating 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 £13,000 on-road

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

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MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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Car Keys

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Parkers

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: September 2017

85%

ADULT OCCUPANT

84%

CHILD OCCUPANT

62%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

25%

SAFETY ASSIST

Note on safety

As of May 2020, the entry-level Kia Rio ‘1’ earns 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.

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Kia Rio has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic. It is due to resume in the second half of the year.

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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