Three-door available

THE Kia Rio supermini is now available as a three-door for the first time, offering a £600 saving compared to the five-door car.

The Rio has never before been available as a three-door, but Kia is responding to the market. Sales figures in Europe show that a large portion of small cars are sold with three rather than five doors, even when the option is available.

In the highest model spec the new layout suits the Rio very well.

The car maintains balanced proportions and a solid stance, but arguably looks more sporting than the five-door. The model tier structure is the same as for the existing car, meaning there are ‘1’, ‘1 Air’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ specification levels. ‘1’ is the most basic, available with a 1.25-litre petrol engine only, with ‘1 Air’ adding air conditioning and the additional option of a 1.1 turbo-diesel engine. Higher up the range those two engines are joined by one further petrol and diesel option in each case, both 1.4 litres in size. The 1.1 diesel is always below 100g/km of CO2 and escapes Vehicle Excise Duty altogether, while the larger diesel doesn’t, but is nonetheless cheap to tax. Insurance is cheap, with the Rio range varying from group three for 1.1 CRDi diesel models to group eight for the highest spec 1.4 CRDi. Kia also recently introduced a pre-paid servicing package that offers all routine maintenance excluding parts for a keen price. For £259 drivers can cover their Rio for the first three services (three years or 30,000 miles), or for £499 for the first five services (five years or 50,000 miles).