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The Details

WHAT: Kia Rio supermini five-door hatch, 1.25-litre petrol (1,248cc, 83bhp, 43 litre tank), five-speed gearbox, front-wheel-drive, CO2 Of 119g/km; VRT is 14pc. €160 annual road tax.

COST: From €15,295, EX version €16,495, 1.4 EX diesel €17,895.

Delivery, related charges extra

TARGET MARKET: Singles, couples, second-car families.

PLUS: Looks, cabin, room, accomplished handling, boot.

MINUS: Seats, underpowered petrol engine.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Air con, six airbags (including side curtain airbags), hill-start assist control, rear fog lights, 'active' front seat head restraints, Emergency Stop Signal (brake lights flash three times when you brake suddenly and hard), Bluetooth, 15-inch alloys, remote audio controls and iPod compatibility.

EX adds 16-inch alloys, front fogs, all-electric windows, leather trimmed, steering wheel, cooled glove box.

OTHERS TO CONSIDER: Citroen C3, Ford Fiesta, Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Mazda2, Nissan Micra, Opel Corsa, Peugeot 207, Renault Clio, Seat Ibiza, Skoda Fabia, Toyota Yaris, VW Polo.

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