2011 Kia Rio Review

2011 Kia Rio 1.3 petrol from Oman

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14300 kilometres
Most recent distance28000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190


Surprisingly reliable budget runabout


A/C needed to be re-gassed.

That's it!

General Comments:

I hired this car for 8 months whilst working in Muscat as an ex-pat. I was disappointed when they showed up with a Kia, as I had asked for a Toyota Yaris. I was waiting for problems, and they simply did not happen. I have spoke with other people driving them, and they were genuinely surprised too.

It is not fuel efficient - high revving engine - sometimes it selects the wrong gear. Not a great motorway car, but for city use it's very maneuverable, easy to park, good visibility, quite comfortable, easily fits 5 men (I work in construction) and pretty much ran like clockwork.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2012

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review