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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Kia Rio

Overall verdict
Rio is a sensible choice. Dull but worthy in a good way


Design, space, warranty, all-round ability


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.0 T GDi 118 First Edition 5dr
9.8s 107g/km 60.1 118 £17,390
The cheapest
1.25 1 3dr
12.9s 115g/km 56.5 84 £10,290
The greenest
1.1 CRDi 1 5dr
16.1s 86g/km 85.6 74 £12,190
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