Kia Rio

The Kia Rio is Kia's entry in the supermini class and a cheaper alternative to the Ford Fiesta. All-new for 2011, it continues Kia's march upmarket and benefits from smart, contemporary styling, generous space inside and an appealing engine range – two diesels (1.1-litre and 1.4) and two petrols (1.25 and 1.4). Of these, the smaller, 74bhp diesel is Britain's lowest-emitting car, at 85g/km, meaning tax-free motoring. It also delivers a claimed 88mpg. Both five-door and three-door versions will be available; the former arrives first, in September, with the latter hitting the road in 2012.

Kia Rio hatchback

Price 
£9,995 - £16,595
5 & 3 Doors
4.2 / 5
Pros
  • Well equipped
  • Improvement in quality
  • Attractive styling
Cons
  • Slow 1.2-litre petrol engine
  • Unresponsive steering
  • Eco-friendly tyres reduce comfort

The Kia Rio is a rival to the Ford Fiesta hatchback, and is a stylish alternative to the Renault Clio. There's loads of space inside and an excellent range of engines, comprised of two diesels (1.1-litre and 1.4-litre) and two petrols (1.25-litre and 1.4-litre). The smaller 74bhp diesel actually offers one of the lowest CO2 emission figures of any non-electric car in the UK at 85g/km, making it exempt from road tax. It is available in both three and five-door versions, but each stands out from the crowd thanks to a funky design and a low starting price. The Kia Rio comes in three main specifications – entry-level 1, mid-range 2 and top-of-the-range 3 - so there should be a Rio to suit everyone.