Road test: Kia Rio S

Cameron McGavin April 07, 2012

Kia Rio S five-door.

Kia Rio S five-door.

Our rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Entry-level city runabout is by no means perfect but there's still plenty to like.

Zero-to-hero performances don't come much more pronounced than that of Kia's Rio. Once a light car you bought only because you really had to, the latest model manages the feat of not only being a decent drive but is quite appealing.

Although our impressions have been formed by upper-level variants, here we're finding out if entry-level models, which have a smaller, less sophisticated petrol engine, reach the same heights.