What is it?
This is the misleadingly titled Kia Rio Sport, the new range-topping version of Kia’s B-segment hatchback, which gets a 111bhp 1.6-litre engine taken from the Cerato – a long-since forgotten small saloon.
What’s it like?
Trying to pass off the Rio as sporting is something akin to entering Monty Python’s Mr Creosote for the Olympic gymnastics.
In truth, the Rio Sport’s greatest sin is the engine noise, which reverberates around the cabin at any speed and gets particularly wearing under heavy load or on the motorway.
The 1.6-litre engine is powerful enough for a car that weighs in at a respectable 1079kg, and the steering has decent weight and response. It also offers good economy, with a claimed combined consumption of 43.5mpg, and there’s plenty of space in the cabin for front and rear passengers.
But there is no denying that this car’s styling and quality of materials are behind the times, and its driving dynamics should in no way be described as sporty.