Kia Rio

The Kia Rio hatchback is an attractive car available in both three and five-door bodystyles and comes well-equipped, helping it compete with the Ford Fiesta. The interior is spacious, with plenty of room for four adults and lots of useful storage cubbies. The 1.1-litre diesel is the headline-grabber, emitting a tax-free 85g/km of CO2 and managing 88mpg, making it one of Britain's most economical cars. Plus it comes with Kia's excellent seven-year warranty.

Kia Rio hatchback

£10,345 - £17,445
5 & 3 Doors
3.8 / 5
  • Comfortable ride
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Spacious and solid interior
  • No turbocharged petrol
  • Dull handling
  • Pretty slow

The Kia Rio is a good-looking alternative to the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio. There's plenty of room for passengers front and rear, while the Rio is also big enough to tackle motorway trips with ease. When fitted with an efficent 1.1-litre diesel engine, it's one of the most economical cars you can buy, making it very cheap to run. The Rio is also available with a 1.4-litre diesel, as well as 1.25 and 1.4-litre petrols. Like all Kias, it comes with a reassuring seven-year/100,000-mile warranty.