KIA RIO 1.0 T-GDI GT LINE
Price £16,495 On sale Now What’s new? Sportier styling inside and out, but dynamics still aren’t the best in the class
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.