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The Kia Rio is a stylish hatchback with excellent safety features as standard, including electronic stability control and twin front, curtain and side airbags. The Rio seats up to five adults comfortably thanks to a spacious interior and ergonomic layout.

A series of economical engines includes the 1.1 CRDi diesel, which can produce an impressive economy of 78.5 mpg on the combined cycle. The Rio also scores high on practicality, with a full 288 litres of boot space.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning and DAB digital radio, whilst like all new Kia vehicles the Kia Rio comes with a seven-year warranty as standard.

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Welcome to our review of the Kia Rio, show in our video review with SR7 trim. On the outside of this small family hatchback, features include 15" alloy wheels, daytime running lights and tinted, UV-reducing glass.

Safety is provided by electronic stability control and twin front, side and curtain airbags, which helped to car to a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating - even when it was re-tested under stricter regulations in 2014.

Engine choices for the Rio include the 1.25 litre petrol you see here, which generates 84bhp and manages 56.5 miles per gallon combined. The other option is the supremely economical 1.1 litre CRDi diesel which can achieve a remarkable 78.5 mpg.

Step inside the Rio and you'll find a much more spacious interior than you might expect, as well as plenty of features to make driving easier and more comfortable. You're greeted by a lovely leather steering wheel that's complimented by the leather gear shift lever, and air conditioning is a standard feature.

Also included from the base model upwards is Bluetooth telephone connectivity, which is able to stream music wirelessly from your phone. The stereo features a DAB digital radio, USB and Aux ports.

The Rio has a boot capacity of 288 litres, which is plenty for a weekly shop or a couple of suitcases or even a set of golf clubs. Other standard practical features include Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), and steering wheel-mounted controls.

Overall, the Kia Rio is a stylish and practical small family car that's cheap to run, with a good standard specification.

Evans Halshaw Kia