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size will come back to haunt you as the tiny boot mocks any at­tempt to squeeze your new 42’’ plasma into it.

Add gro­ceries, a few bags of clothes and you’ll be inch­ing the front seats for­ward be­fore cough­ing up a bus fare for your pas­sen­gers.

On the plus side, that means you’ll be able to choose what you lis­ten to on the way home.

Which is im­por­tant when you have a set of Tweeter speak­ers hooked up to an equaliser that tai­lors the car’s sound sys­tem to your favourite tunes.

A Blue­tooth sys­tem and iPod and MP3 con­nec­tiv­ity will help steer young driv­ers away from us­ing their phone or iPod with ear­buds. That’s a po­ten­tially life-sav­ing fea­ture.

But with a base model ANCAP rat­ing of three stars you may feel like you’re putting your bank bal­ance ahead of your life.

Bud­get-car buy­ers will like what the Rio of­fers — but avoid free­ways. Likes: in­dus­trial-strength heat­ing, head­room and vi­sion.. Dis­likes: Lack of power, an unin­spired ex­te­rior, poor use of space (par­tic­u­larly the boot).

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