Kia Rio hatchback

£10,095 - £16,695

The Kia Rio is one of the best-looking small cars Kia has made, and it also has a spacious interior, making it an appealing alternative to the popular Ford Fiesta. The Rio also offers excellent fuel economy and is very easy to drive. Reliability should be strong, too.

Unfortunately, vague and overly light steering means it's not as much fun to drive as the Fiesta or a Renault Clio once you get out of town. Instead, the Rio is the practical choice, and as it's quite large for its class, there's an impressive amount of room for rear-seat passengers and plenty of storage space inside. The Rio is also available with a 1.1-litre diesel capable of hybrid-beating 88mpg fuel economy, although you have to sacrifice some refinement and performance if you want this model's ultra-low running costs.

While the Rio has more character than some previous Kias, many buyers simply want a hassle-free car to own, and thanks to a class-leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, the Rio should offer exactly that.

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