Despite the injection of sophistication and desirability, Kia hasn’t totally forgotten that we expect it to adopt a market-leading position on value for money. Skoda’s Fabia 1.2 TSI is the only true rival that gets close enough to compete with the 1.4-litre Rio petrol across the board: on power, performance and economy.

Entry-level 1.1-litre diesel models, in '1' spec', will typically undercut rivals like the Ford Fiesta. The more powerful 1.4-litre diesel will also usually prove cheaper than equivalents, and substantially so when it comes to the likes of the Volkswagen Polo.

You'll need to buy a Dacia Sandero to significantly better the Rio's value-for-money

Economy is also very respectable right across the Rio model range. A 1.4 petrol will return almost 50mpg on a long 60-70mph motorway run, and better than 40mpg in mixed use.

The 1.25-litre petrol won’t better that by much, but both diesels should. Expect a day-to-day 50mpg from the 1.4 CRDI without trying too hard, and just better than 60mpg from the 1.1-litre diesel in real world conditions.

Other advantages of buying Kia are the seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty, as well as its Care-3 servicing offer, which buys three years of services for just less than £300, and is transferable to the next owner.

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