2017 Kia Rio Review


The Kia Rio has evolved into a highly competent small hatchback which provides a strong specification list and the manufacturer’s seven-year warranty across the board. The latest model, launched in 2017, ups the quality ante again, but, in some respects, it doesn’t feel like it has moved on a great deal from its predecessor and there are better alternatives in the so-called supermini class. However, those interested in the Kia will be pleased to know that there’s a choice of efficient petrol and diesel engines, configurable in an easy-to-understand trim hierarchy. Most models have manual transmissions and all Rios are front-wheel-drive, five-door hatchbacks.


Body Style: Hatchback         Seats: 5             MRP from £11,995 - £17,445


Did you know? While Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ grille shape is present on the Rio, it’s actually solid plastic – the cooling ducts are in the lower bumper.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7.4/10)

There’s nothing ostensibly wrong with the Kia Rio Mk4, as it has neat styling, a spacious interior, lots of equipment, decent handling, and a ride that’s largely comfortable, save for odd occasions where it gets a bit lumpy. Factor in the 100,000-mile, seven-year warranty that makes each and every Kia such a tempting proposition, and competitive purchase prices lower down the range, and it looks like the new Rio is a winner. The problem is,...