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      30.11.2013 18:59
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      Got to be considered if looking for a small car with minimal maintenance requirements

      I bought my 2011 Rio three months ago. Its competition was Peugeot 207, Astra, Focus and other small hatchbacks. However, I did find that on the finance side I was getting a whole lot of 'small' car for my money when I compared to the others. I was getting a 2011 Rio from a Kia garage for just over £7000. For the other cars I was having to take a few years off the ones on offer to match that. That was the first item that attracted me. Secondly becuase the car was at a Kia garage and because it was still in warranty I found that by buying this car, even though second hand it came with nearly five years warranty. None of the other cars were offering this.

      But it is not just finance that matters. I did take the car out for a couple of testdrives (essential) and I have been driving it now for three months. I was already aware of the economical 1.4 diesel engine and the fact that it easily would manage my 45+ mpg required for my long journeys to work. However, I was surprised at how nippy the car was both in starting out in low gears and in high gears. With this car I do not worry about overtaking manoeuvres, although I assume it does make a hit on my MPG. That means that the car does have some spare power as well as being economical. In the three months since purchase it has averaged 45-49 mpg consistently and can last two weeks between fill ups at about 400+ miles.

      My route to work is a series of country villages with fast lanes interconnecting, so I also wanted something that would glide round corners and change gear easily. The former is a dream, I love driving this car around all the bends and country roads, it holds itself very well and grips the road beautifully. When I testdrived the car I thought the gearbox was great, very smooth and easy to use. However, this is the one area where I think the car could be improved and other cars may have the edge. The reality after three months is that the gearbox is adequate and smooth at higher speeds but occasionally I find it difficult to put it in gear in slower speeds, so 2nd sometimes and first mostly if I have not come to a stop.

      With regard to everything else, I am delighted with the bluetooth facility so I can play my mp3s while driving, there is plenty of space for my family. I deliberately looked for a four door so my son can be in the back in his booster seat but surprisingly there is quite a lot of room in there. In the hatchback area it is not huge but it actually does fit in our weekly shop which was a surprise when I was told this was in the supermini category. It has now taken over as the main car in our house because of its economy, space and ease of use. Overall, I was surprised by this very functional car that just does exactly what it says on the tin. Well done Kia.

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        24.08.2013 23:35

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        A good all round vehicle for a family

        We have a Kia Rio 2 which is the same as the Rio with additional extras. We bought the Rio 2 mainly because it was cheaper per month than the car we previously owned and comes with a great 7 year manufacturers warranty, which no other car manufacturer offers, to the best of my knowledge. This gives the owner piece of mind.

        The Rio is a fairly spacious 5 door hatchback and comes with a good sized boot, which includes a luggage net to keep your items in place. The vehicle is spacious and has plenty of headroom, front and rear. The seats are velour trimmed and fairly comfortable for longer journeys.

        It has a manual gear box which has smooth gear selection. There is also a gear select indicator above the instrument cluster, as gear changes in this vehicle are lower than most vehicles, eg 5th gear is around 38mph. This function is designed to give the most efficient fuel economy.

        In car entertainment includes an mp3 auxillary usb portal and a radio/cd player with clear sound. There are storage pockets behind both the drivers and front passenger seats to store items such as kids books, magazines, umbrellas etc. There are also two spacious front door pockets to store cd's etc, as well as a large glove box.

        The Rio is an easy drive and after owning one for 2 years, i can honestly say we have not had any problems with it. It is a good family car and very nippy in my opinion. A good buy, and very efficient.

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        15.04.2011 23:07
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        Unless you are a Top Gear nut, this car does the job well and does the job efficiently

        We bought our Rio new thanks to the trade in scheme, and have been very pleased with it so far! We opted for the diesel model, something I would highly recommend due to the increased power, reduced road tax and the extra m.p.g.

        I drive quite a lot, over 1000 miles a month, and the car is comfy on the motorway, happily cruising and with enough guts to pull away even in 5th gear. To add to this, the car will give 60 m.p.g., something that is very handy with the ever increasing fuel prices! Around town the car is nippy, not too big and will economically cruise around in 3rd or 4th gear. The car is actually quite narrow for its size which makes it easy to park and get through tight gaps which is also a plus.

        The back seats can slide forwards slightly to increase the boot, or slide back again if you have tall passengers, and a 6ft 6in friend of mine had no issues sitting back there. The boot itself is a decent size, although we have had issues with folding the back seats down flat.

        Kia do a levelled system with their cars rather than putting in optional extras, and we went for the basic '1' model. This means no central locking, no electric windows and no air con; we don't miss them but if you do then the upgrade to get all three is only about £1300. Like I said, we don't miss them, and you still get things like a CD player, USB and AUX ports, and an electronic stability programme. Everything is well positioned, with all buttons within logical and easy reach.

        Summary:

        Although obviously not going to be a top end car, this is a great family car for the money conscious person. Although the interior is not the greatest quality, it has everything you need and the car provides a fun, safe and relatively fast drive. I would highly recommend this car to anyone

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          08.02.2011 17:43
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          Great run around but not much luxury

          I once drove a Kia Rio as a courtesy car and really liked the car so when it came to buying a new car we decided to have a look to see if there was one out there within our price range. We found our car at a local second hand garage and paid £1400 for it on a 53 plate which I was really pleased with.

          The car is a 5 door hatchback with a 1.3 litre engine in metallic blue, the car is sleek to look at and although it has got some scratches which considering the age of the vehicle you would expect it has stood the test of time and is still an attractive vehicle. The car runs on unleaded fuel which is fine for me as I don't drive much further than doing the school run and the 7 mile journey to work but it does seem to scream out for a 6th gear when you are on the higher speed roads.

          The car is in insurance group of 3A so it is not too expensive to insure although at 157g/km the tax is £165 for the year or just over £80 if you only want o buy 6 months at a time. The vehicle houses a 45 litre fuel tank so costs around £60 to fill and on this with doing short journeys the car does about 380 miles.

          Inside the car there is plenty of room, the car is medium in size so you can comfortably have adults in the back even when I am driving the car and I have long legs, the front seats move back and forwards and the drivers backrest has a lever to bring it up straight or lay back. The back seats are quite uncomfortable to travel any sort of distance as they are rather slanted rather than the backrest being straight and as I like to sit straight up I don't like this and do avoid having to be in the back of the car. The vehicle doesn't have any extra storage space than door pockets and the glove box in the main body of the car but does have extra pockets in the side panels in the boot.

          The car is quite basic in the fact that there is no electric windows or central locking but it does have air conditioning but I find it is more than a pain that anything else as it automatically turns on when you start the car unless you have the blowers turned off and if you forget to turn it off than it uses more fuel.

          The boot has room for a large buggy plus some shopping or even two Staffordshire bull terriers although I do find the parcel shelf is a pain as it is a roll up one and often comes out of it's fixings if pulled too hard.

          The car has alot of the usual things that we come to expect from technology, you get beeped at when you try to get out of the car with your lights on, the fuel gauge shows red when starting to get low and the car has two trip computers although doesn't give any statistics such as mpg.

          I have read on forums about alot of peoples timing belt snapping on these vehicles well off the 105000 miles it is supposed to last so at 75000 so I have just had this changed to be on the safe side. Apart from this all we have had to do to the car is tyres and servicing so no major problems.

          A nice family car of a decent size.

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            04.01.2011 16:03
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            a bit of a grandads car

            Sometimes it's hard to know how best to write a review. Do I go for a 1 star rating and concentrate my speel on how basic this car is and how it has ignored all technical advancements of the last fifteen years or do I give it a higher rating and concentrate on it's good points e.g price and reliability.

            If you are in your teens or twenties then you will probably not look twice at this car. It has nothing to impress members of the opposite sex, the interior is dreary, the exterior shape boring and the acceleration from a standing start is at best sluggish. On the other hand if you are a bit older or don't care about such things then as an A to B car the Kia Rio is worth considering.

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            We picked up an 18 month old hatchback Kia Rio 1.5 CRDI for around £7k and have been happily using it for the past 2 years without any problems. For us it ticked all the right boxes: a smallish car (slightly larger than the Ford Fiesta) with decent boot space for a fairly decent price. Looks from the outside won't get anybody excited but that means it won't stand out from the crowd and you don't have to worry about someone taking a shine to it if you park it in a less than perfect area.

            Inside is even more plain. The dashboard is light grey, the stereo basic and the display next to the speedo is limited to mileage and odometer. Having the indicator on the right took a bit of getting used to but aside from that everything is where you would expect it to be and there are plenty of holes and pockets to store your belongings.

            There is also plenty of space for the passengers: on occasion we have had 5 adults in the car and all were able to sit in comfort. Leg room is fine and even with a full load of passengers and full boot we do not really notice much of a difference in how the car drives

            The rear seat folds forward in two sections to allow you to slide larger items in via the boot. I did read a review that said this was awkward to do but I have had no such problems.

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            Performance wise we have been fairly pleased. Sure it's never going to beat a sports car in a drag race but for taking the kids to school, going to the shops and the occasional motorway drive it will do the job. The 0 to 10 speed feels slow but once motoring along past that it does accelerate well and more than holds it own.

            You will find the suspension is fairly soft which makes it great for going over potholes but less effective when cornering at speed (there is a bit of a lean but you do have to be really tanking it through the corners for it to ever be a problem on normal roads). On the motorways the car is really good. Road noise is bit higher than I would have liked but the car is otherwise comfortable.


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            There are a couple of gripes that it's worth mentioning. Both rear windows are wind down rather than electric. That is not a problem in itself but both of them have a habit of falling down a centimetre or so while driving. Also the brake pedal does not feel positive enough, and is far too spongy for my liking. Similarly the gear changes are a bit spongy and at first I had to keep checking whether I was properly in gear.

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