Price £16,495 On sale Now What’s new? Sportier styling in­side and out, but dy­nam­ics still aren’t the best in the class

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KIA MIGHT NOT ac­tu­ally have a Rio GT from which to bor­row any of the GT Line’s sportier el­e­ments, but that hasn’t stopped it fol­low­ing the same ba­sic for­mula as Ford’s pop­u­lar ST Line mod­els: give your su­per­mini a more pur­pose­ful-look­ing bodykit and dress the cabin with lash­ings of metal and car­bon­fi­bre-ef­fect trim, but leave the per­for­mance and han­dling well alone.

The com­bi­na­tion is a good match for the thrummy 1.0-litre tur­bocharged three-pot, which is en­ter­tain­ing enough about town but be­comes strained at high revs and lacks the char­ac­ter of some ri­vals. The han­dling doesn’t re­ally en­gage when pushed, ei­ther, leav­ing the Rio feel­ing a lit­tle out­classed.

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