Kia Rio Car Reviews

The Kia Rio is a small family car, currently in its third generation. The Rio is available as a 5-door hatchback or a 4-door saloon. The hatchback is more spacious than its similar priced competitors. As well as an easy-to-use control system and a comfortable interior, the Rio has a smart exterior. The model has been in production since 2000.

Price Range: £-1 - £-1
Insurance Groups: N/A - N/A
MPG Range: N/A - N/A
Score: 4.5/5
Spacious interior
Fuel economy
Performs well
Slow acceleration
Steering is a little light
Wouldn't be ideal for a race

Latest Kia Rio Car Reviews:

Kia Rio 1 1.25 5dr - March 2012
The Rio is Kia’s best car yet. Far better than previous Kia models, it gives a quiet, comfortable ride and has enough punch to get you to your destination on time. It offers practicality, performan...
Kia Rio 1 1.25 Air 5dr - February 2012
The Rio is one of the largest superminis you can buy. It looks good and has a very low running costs. It rides well and has a decent level of standard kit but its performance is underwhelming and t...
Kia Rio 1 1.1 CRDi EcoDynamics 5dr - March 2012
The Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi Ecodynamics is the most economical of all the versions of the Kia Rio, with exceptionally good fuel efficiency. It is developed primarily for the European market which is why i...
Kia Rio 1 1.1 CRDi Air EcoDynamics 5dr - February 2012
Kia’s reputation and market share has been growing. And why not? They’ve been making good cars! The Kia Rio 1 1.1 CRDi Air EcoDynamics looks like continuing that trend; it is a very competent car. ...
Kia Rio 2 1.25 5dr - February 2012
The Kia Rio is the larger brother of the Picanto, and those who are looking for a car that is still compact but a little more practical, then the Rio may be the option. The handling is reliable if...

Kia Rio Overview

The Rio wasn’t built for performance, but it does offer good handling and a smooth ride for the most part. The car’s braking system works well too, and even though the Rio wasn’t built for speed it does deliver a decent ride with adequate power at an affordable price.

The Kia Rio is among one of the largest vehicles in its class. Front and rear passengers will have adequate head and legroom. Taller passengers will be less comfortable riding in the back seats.

The Rio is very reasonably priced with low running costs and good fuel economy.


The Kia Rio was first introduced in 2000. The first generation was offered in both four-door saloon and five-door hatchback body styles.

It was well received for its affordability, although not for its build quality and driving experience.

Transmission was available as a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual. 2002 saw a facelift for the model, with an upgraded engine and remodelled interior and exterior.

The second generation Rio went into production in 2005. The new model was equipped with more interior gadgets and had a sleeker exterior.

The car received a facelift in 2009 and featured a new grille and modified headlights.

The third generation has been in production since 2011 after its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show. It is now available with a 6-speed transmission in both manual and automatic form.


The Kia Rio is a brilliant car for small families, delivering space, comfort and performance at an affordable price.

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