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The Top Gear car review:Kia Rio
For:Design, space, warranty, all-round ability
Against:It can be a bit unrefined and the petrol engines need revving
What is it?
The old Kia Rio was hardly a household name, yet still managed to sell a few thousand every year – despite it being dull, dated, dreary and depressing in almost every way.
The latest one is a very different proposition, boasting chiselled styling by star designer Peter Schreyer and aiming straight at the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo heartland. It aims to combine these newfound good looks – sober but solid and very European – with an industry-leading warranty to steal a far bigger slice of the supermini sector.