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Used car check: Kia Rio (Type YB)

Used small cars have become expensive. This also applies to the Kia Rio. It's good that the little one knows how to convince otherwise. 

The Kia Rio has been on the German market since 2000, meanwhile since the beginning of 2017 in the fourth generation (type YB). Two TÜV-Main inspections has the current generation of Small car already completed. The question remains how the small Korean beat there.

Body and interior:

The Kia Rio stretches to a length of 4,07 meters. The only five-door hatchback available small car offers good space. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 325 liters; if you fold down the rear seat backrest, around 1.100 liters are available for loading. Thanks to the fact that it can be folded down in two parts back seat A flat luggage compartment is created, since a removable intermediate floor in the trunk compensates for the difference in height to the passenger compartment equalized and at the same time minimized the height of the charging threshold to a few centimetres. Visually, the Rio conveys with clear lines and crisp proportions self-confidence. He looks grown up. That Cockpit is clearly designed, the interior looks dignified, at least in the higher equipment versions.

In the fall of 2020, the small car received a facelift. Among other things, the air vents of the lower front apron were worked out more plastically and the fog lights modified.

The cockpit is clearly laid out

Motors and drive:

Zum launch Kia offered four for the Rio gasoline and a diesel. The latter, a 1,4-liter with 66 kW/90 hp and 240 Nm, was dropped from the program in mid-2018. The entry-level petrol engine is a 1,2-liter four-cylinder - until 2020 with 1.248 cubic centimeters, since then with 1.197 - that delivers 62 kW/84 hp. Like the 1,4 liter with 73 kW/99 hp, the 1.2 does without turbo support. Both engines need diligent shifting to get up to speed. There is a manual for the stronger version Six-speed transmission ready, the 84 hp engine has to make do with one gear less. Both engines create one top speed beyond 170 km/h (173 and 175 km/h), the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes 12,9 and 12,2 seconds respectively. When average consumption gives Kia values ​​around 5 liters. who one Automatic searches, has to resort to the 1.4er. A four-speed automatic could be ordered for the 2019 available until mid-1.4.

If you appreciate a little more liveliness, you can go for the one-liter three-cylinder, which is available in two configurations with 74 kW/100 hp and 88 kW/120 hp. the Turbo mobilizes 172 Nm in both variants, the suction cups only reach 122 and 133 Nm. The top speed is reached at Tempo 188 and 190. Also with them three cylinders the weaker version has to be satisfied with a five-speed switch, the 120 hp engine is factory-fitted with a manual Six-speed transmission equipped, and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) is available as an option. Kia specifies values ​​between 4,5 and 5,3 liters as consumption.

In the course of facelifts the small turbo with 100 hp can also be combined with DSG. the Top version now has a fuel-saving 48-volt mild hybrid system on board.

The small car, which is only available as a five-door hatchback, offers good space

Equipment and safety:

The Rio was initially offered in the typical Kia equipment lines Attract, Edition 7, Spirit, GT Line and Platinum Edition. The basic variant Attract drives among other things Board computer, Light sensor and radio with USB port in front, a Air conditioning but had to book first-time buyers. At the upper end of the comfort level, "Platinum Edition" offers almost everything a small car driver's heart desires, including 17-inch, automatic climate control, seat and Heated steering wheel, GPS, parking sensors and reversing camera. When it comes to connectivity, the Rio can keep up in the high-end lines. From "Spirit" onwards there are also many Assistant to the series scope. They are optionally available for the lower lines. In the context of the facelift, Kia has streamlined the supply structure. the lowest Equipment lines has fallen away. The 2017 Rio scored five stars in the NCAP crash test.


Unlike them previous generation the current Rio has so far not allowed any mistakes in the TÜV main examinations. The test points chassis and brakes, weak points of the third generation, he masters without errors or almost without errors (brake system). Small weak point is as before the lighting system. Here should interested persons take a close look. When purchasing a used Rio, buyers also benefit from the 7-year guarantee that Kia offers New cars granted and which is transferred to the new owner with the sale of the used car. It still applies to older vehicles of the fourth category Generation.

And finally ...

Thanks to the guarantee and its solid performance at the TÜV, used car buyers of a current Rio model don't do much wrong. However, they have to dig deep into their pockets. At least 10.000 euros are due for a used copy.

Elfriede Munsch / SP-X

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