2017 Kia Rio Lacks The ‘Fun Factor’ Of The Fiesta

Kia has an all-new Rio ready to take on the supermini segment, but should you consider it over a similar Ford Fiesta, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, or a Renault Clio?

Trying to answer this question is CarWow’s Ginny Buckley, who took out the range-topping ‘3’ grade for a short drive. In this trim, the Rio is rather well equipped, with large alloy wheels, sat-nav, 7-inch screen, leather upholstery, and smartphone connectivity.

The Korean sub-compact has decent rear legroom and headroom, and a good size boot that is bigger than the Fiesta, Polo and Corsa, but not as big as in the Skoda Fabia. Split-folding rear seats, however, allow users to transport large items with ease.

Inside, the first feel you get, according to this review, is that most of the things have been taken from other cars and assembled together, but upon a closer inspection, it appears to be fresh and modern, with plenty of storage spaces and sufficient equipment even in the entry-level grade  ‘1’, which comes with standard Bluetooth, air conditioning, and heated side mirrors.

Powering the test car is the new 1.0-liter T-GDI petrol engine, which was first seen on the Cee’d. It’s rated at either 98 HP or 118 HP and 172 Nm (126 lb-ft) of torque, and is said to be the second most-efficient unit after the 1.4-liter diesel. Kia says that it consumes 63 mpg UK (52.46 mpg US / 4.5 l/100 km), but in the real world, the trip computer indicates 38 mpg UK (31.64 mpg US / 7.4 l/100 km).

Buyers of a B-segment car don’t tend to go in search of fun-to-drive roads, but even so, the new Kia Rio is said to be less exciting than most of its competitors, so if a supermini that puts a smile on your face is what you’re looking for, then you’re better off with a Ford Fiesta or even a Nissan Micra.


  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    She really talks a load of bull about the 1 litre engine being more expensive but having “decent” economy making up for it.

    38mpg? I bet the 1.4 gets better real world figures and that is why down-sizing is rather a lot of “smoke and mirrors”.

  • haudit

    I just knew it wasn’t going to be any fun to drive the moment I saw the first official photos. It’s such a boring looking car, and in such a drab, uninteresting colour. The old Rio looked so much more interesting.

  • Benjamin B.

    Lol. One buys a Kia because he thinks about buying a car too much and has turned it into a scientific experiment. If someone wanted something really nice and posh, he would end up in a VW Golf. If he is a petrolhead/enthusiast, he would get a Ford Fiesta. If he is a delivery man, he would buy a Honda Fit/Jazz. If he is both scientific and fugly, he would have the Hyundai sister car. If he is really stupid, he would buy a Vauxhall/Opel/Buick.

    I love the direction Kia is going. Really love the new 5-door Stinger GT. But the name is not there yet… Hopefully the Stinger can change all that. China, pay attention, Europe and America will need cheap cars again. (Although Europe has Skoda.)

    • pureworx

      your comparisons weird…

      golf is not a competitor to a jazz/fiesta.. nor is a golf posh its just as bland as any other vw.

      a fiesta is not an enthusiasts car, its a car for the silly yobs who can’t ever afford a true enthusiast car. right now as it stands there is no car for the enthusiast in that sector. the fact you like the stinger shows you are not an enthusiast. the stinger looks like a car from the GTA series of games.

      • Chris C

        So what is a Fiesta ST then?

        • pureworx

          not a very good hot small hatch

  • Chris C

    There’s “all new” and there’s “rehashed sister company Hyundai’s I20″….

  • Romanovich

    how many time she suck the d… for the whole her life?

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