Used Kia Rio (2005 - 2011) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 16 Aug 2013
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The Kia Rio is a small hatchback that's often overlooked in favour of more stylish or well known makes. But the Rio has plenty going for it, especially as a good value and cheap to run town car.
Kia Rio (05-11)
Neat styling, easy to drive, decent diesel engine, good value for money
Unsophisticated ride on early cars, awkward gearchange, noisy at higher speeds

New price range:

£7,395 - £11,810

Used price range:

£514 - £3,125

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

The Kia Rio is a small hatchback that's often overlooked in favour of more stylish or well known makes. But the Rio has plenty going for it, especially as a good value and cheap to run town car. It's robustly built with a neat interior, the majority of models are well equipped and it's also easy to drive with light steering. It doesn't feel especially modern inside, nor on the move where it lacks refinement and can be quite noisy at higher speeds.

But both engines in the range are more than capable and return decent economy, making the Rio cheap to run. All models from January 2010 come with an unrivalled seven-year warranty as standard, replacing the previous three year scheme.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

2.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 5 doors, big enough boot to get the buggy and shopping in.  

4 out of 5

Ben Ellis ,   12 Aug 2015    ... read more

 It's sheer versatility. It is a genuine 'work horse.'.  

5 out of 5

Philip Measures ,   09 Dec 2014    ... read more

 Excellent engine. Great power for it's size with no turbo lag from the VVT and good economy.  

4 out of 5

Darren Petts ,   31 Aug 2013    ... read more

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