The Rio is a capable and practical supermini which offers fantastic value for money.
Kia models have a deserved reputation for excellent build quality and the Rio is no exception. The exterior design is simple but stylish, and Kia has clearly paid attention to the details; from the slim front grille to the alloy wheel designs. The five-door configuration makes the Rio a very functional user-friendly family car.
The Rio offers generous cabin space; head and legroom is copious for front passengers and adequate for those in the back. There is also a 288-litre boot. The seats are comfortable with excellent back support, making the Rio a great option for drivers who regularly cover long distances. The cabin is well-built and beautifully finished, with high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces.
The Rio 1 comes with a four-speaker audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio, and the Rio 1 Air adds air conditioning. The Rio 2 adds little luxuries such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a cooled glovebox, and you can upgrade to the Rio 3 for parking sensors, heated seats and touchscreen satellite navigation. The range-topping Rio 4 boasts leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel.
The Rio is very frugal, even for a compact supermini. Buyers have the choice of two diesel and two petrol options. Opt for the 1.1-litre CRDi diesel unit paired with the ‘1’ specification and the Rio returns up to 85mpg and claims a CO2 emissions figure of just 86g/km. The most powerful is a 1.4-litre petrol with 107bhp, which is lively and energetic around town and very capable on motorways. The 1.4-litre CRDi diesel unit is equally reliable for high-speed driving.
Like all other models in the Kia range, the Rio comes with a seven-year warranty which is a clear vote of confidence in the car’s reliability. Its safety credentials are excellent too; all Rio trim levels include Electronic Stability Programme and Hill-start Assist Control as standard. The Rio also score the full five stars in Euro NCAP crash testing.
If you are keen to get your hands on the wheel of the Kia Rio, contact the team at your local Marshall Motor Group dealership for more details and to arrange an in-depth test drive.
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