★★★ (★★★★★ with safety pack)
Fork out for additional safety features and you can wipe the Kia Rio completely from the list. Alas, should you buy your Rio frugally, crash safety won't be what it should be.
The latest mid-size hatchback from the Korean manufacturer is a substantial step forward from the old one. Electronic stability control comes as standard on every model, but for additional safety features, you'll be looking at the mid-range 2, or top of the range 3 trim levels.
Read our Kia Rio review.