Kia Rio

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Initially launched in the UK in 2001, the Kia Rio started life as a mid-sized car that could be bought for small car cash. It was rudimentary at best and suffered with poor residual values, but since most buyers kept theirs for a long time anyway, this wasn’t a huge drawback.

  • Kia Rio (11-17)
  • Kia Rio (05-11)
  • Kia Rio (01-05)

Initially launched in the UK in 2001, the Kia Rio started life as a mid-sized car that could be bought for small car cash. It was rudimentary at best and suffered with poor residual values, but since most buyers kept theirs for a long time anyway, this wasn’t a huge drawback.

It was replaced by a new version in 2005 with the focus more towards small car motoring at low cost. Again it was an option that didn’t feature a huge amount of equipment or an interesting design, but that didn’t stop many people buying them. 

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Most Popular New and Used Model Reviews

Kia Rio Hatchback 2017 on

3.4 out of 5
Kia Rio Hatchback 2017 on

New price range:
£13,470 - £20,980

Used price range:
£5,016 - £16,074

  • Seven-year warranty
  • Practical
  • Plenty of standard kit
  • Dull drive
  • Not cheap enough
  • Doesn’t stand out from its rivals

Kia Rio Hatchback 2001 - 2005

2 out of 5
Kia Rio Hatchback 2001 - 2005

New price range:
£5,883 - £9,698

Used price range:
£180 - £1,401

Styling, ownership package, price.
Coarse engines, feels cheap.

Kia Rio Hatchback 2005 - 2011

3 out of 5
Kia Rio Hatchback 2005 - 2011

New price range:
£7,395 - £11,810

Used price range:
£514 - £3,408

Neat styling, easy to drive, decent diesel engine, good value for money
Unsophisticated ride on early cars, awkward gearchange, noisy at higher speeds

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