Kia Rio

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How much does the Kia Rio cost to run?

The 1.1L diesel is the most economical Kia Rio to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency. Compared to the competition in the Supermini segment, it will make the smallest dent in your wallet.

The Kia Rio 1.1L diesel is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just over 88 MPG on average, which means it will cost £7.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 208 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Skoda Fabia 1.2L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 3, which is lower than the Skoda Fabia 1.2L diesel, but higher than the Dacia Sandero 1.1L petrol. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Ford KA+ has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.1L diesel1.2L petrol1.4L diesel1.4L petrol
mpg52.3 - 62.874.3 - 88.355.4 - 60.170.6 - 80.740.4 - 56.5
emissions102 - 12485 - 99109 - 11992 - 105114 - 165
tax£125.00 - £20.00£0.00£20.00 - £30.00£0.00 - £20.00£200.00 - £30.00
insuranceGroup 8 - 10Group 1 - 3Group 2 - 7Group 2 - 8Group 4 - 14

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Kia Rio: How big is the boot?

The Kia Rio has an above average boot space (292 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and one large bag. Alternatively you could load up with 2 large bags or 2 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Skoda Fabia estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 3 large bags with its 515 litres.

Is the Kia Rio easy to park?

The Kia Rio is very middle of the road - it fills just under three quarters of a space. There are lots of wider cars, but just as many that are narrower and feel easier to park. For example, the Hyundai I10.

When it comes to parking on the street, the Rio is one of the hardest. It has a turning circle of 11m, and a length of 4038m, giving you a relatively small 762mm gap to turn the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking instead, the Smart Forfour.

Which Kia Rio has the best performance?

The fastest Kia Rio from 0-60, is the 1.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 171 lbs/ft torque and 118 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 9.8 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Citroen C3 1.6L diesel, which will beat your Kia Rio to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.1L diesel1.2L petrol1.4L diesel1.4L petrol
zeroTo629.8 - 10.314.9 - 16.112.5 - 12.911.6 - 13.711 - 14.5
torque171170 - 180121 - 122220 - 240125 - 137
bhp99 - 1187483 - 8476 - 8996 - 107

What size caravan or trailer, can the Kia Rio tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Kia Rio 1.4L diesel which has 240 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1110kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.