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 has excellent economy and is easy to drive, while reliability is also spot on.

Unfortunately, vague and overly light steering means it's not as fun to drive as the Fiesta or Renault Clio once you get out of town. Instead this is the practical choice, and being quite large for its class, there's impressive space for rear passengers and plenty of stowage space around the cabin. The Rio is also available with a 1.1-litre diesel capable of a hybrid-beating 88mpg, although you will have to sacrifice some refinement and performance if you want one of the world's most economical small cars.

While it has more character than Kia's of old, many Rio buyers will simply want a hassle-free car to own, and thanks to a class-leading seven-year or 100,000 mile warranty, they should get exactly that.

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