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Kia Rio hatchback (2011-2017) - Reliability & safety

The Kia Rio has done well in our reliability surveys

Carbuyer Rating

3.7 out of 5

Owners Rating
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Reliability & safety Rating

4.1 out of 5

A long warranty, an impressive list of safety equipment and a top-five finish in a leading customer satisfaction survey make the Kia Rio a seriously tempting proposition for private buyers and company car drivers alike.

Kia Rio reliability

The Rio’s build quality isn’t quite up to VW Polo standards of fit and finish – the door handles feel a little flimsy, for example – but under the skin, it’s a solid car. Its seven-year/100,000-mile warranty is one of the longest on the market and demonstrates Kia’s faith in its product.

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The Rio came 71st out of 150 cars in our 2016 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, with an impressive 22nd-place finish for reliability.

Safety

The Kia Rio was awarded a five-star rating by Euro NCAP – an improvement on the previous model’s four-star rating. The new model’s result included an impressive 92% score for adult occupant protection. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control, emergency braking assistance, seatbelt pre-tensioners and twin front, side and curtain airbags. The high-mounted brake light also flashes during emergency braking to warn following drivers.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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