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Ford Fiesta or the Kia Rio?

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By Ryan Child for RAC Cars
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Used Ford Fiesta - What Do You Need to Know?

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In 2015, the Ford Fiesta proved to be the most popular car in the UK with 133,434 registrations, and it’s quite easy to see why. There is a wide choice of engines and body styles to suit all needs and the price can be kept low if that’s a priority.

  • Known for its excellent reliability
  • Resale value is fairly low
  • Huge range to choose from in the used market
  • The plastic in the interior can scratch easily
  • A racy and dynamic drive above its class
View used Ford Fiesta models on RAC Cars today, and find the right one for you.

Used Kia Rio - What Do You Need To Know?

Kia believes in delivering a quality product at a reasonable price, and the Kia Rio is a fine example of that policy. The car looks sharp, handles well and is very big on practicality.

  • Not as spacious as its rivals
  • Extremely fuel efficient
  • Not the raciest drive
  • Really well made
See used Kia Rio models on RAC Cars.

A Short History of the Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio

Kia is a company that is definitely on the up and shows no sign of slowing down. Some years back, the Korean brand produced pretty average cars with below average interiors and fairly unimpressive driving dynamics. But those days are long gone and now the Kia brand represents outstanding value for money, an excellent range of cars and a brilliant seven-year warranty which is still perfect for used Kia Rio models under 7 years old.

In this particular field, the relatively fledgeling manufacturer comes up against an industry behemoth.

The Ford Fiesta is a mainstay in the sector for a number of reasons, including its affordability, driving dynamics and aesthetics. All of which have been carefully managed and improved since the 1970s. It must be said, though, that the Kia Rio is making real headway. It started as a pretty bog standard compact car but is now a well-defined supermini with bags of character.

Ford Fiesta - What Should You Look Out For?

When the warning lights don’t all go out, be warned. Repairs can be expensive when the engine lights stay on.

Hear a creaking noise at the back of the car? That could be the front suspension drop links. If they need repairing it’s no cheap fix. Purchase an RAC Inspection to make sure you know what the noise is.

If the front carpets are damp then you might be looking at a water seal or air conditioning leak.

Kia Rio - What Should You Look Out For?

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If the engine management light is on then our advice is to ensure that the fault is investigated and fixed.

If the carpets are damp in the front footwells then you are probably facing a washer jet problem.

For some reason the seating mounts get loose on the Kia Rio, causing the seats to rattle. A quick tighten should resolve this issue.

How Do They Compare On Design & Driving Dynamics?

Take one look at just how many of these cars are being sold on the used car market, though, and you quickly see the reality. The older, used Ford Fiesta and used Kia Rio models are both hugely popular.

In terms of driving dynamics, it’s difficult to find a car in the supermini class that competes with the Ford Fiesta when it comes to performance and driving dynamics. There is a Fiesta model to meet all needs, from low-powered options for learner drivers, to models, such as the ST200, which achieve 0-62 mph in just 6.7 seconds.

In actual fact, there are currently more than 60 Fiesta models to choose from. The Rio is a very comfortable car to drive with excellent suspension that irons out uneven road surfaces. The cabin is also well-insulated against engine, road surface and wind noise, while a strong chassis keeps the Kia’s feet firmly on the ground.

Practicality

Practicality is often a relative question when it comes to cars, because who exactly is it supposed to be practical for? Well in the case of these two compact cars we are looking at small families as the largest group. Both models offer good storage options. The Fiesta boot has a capacity ranging from 290 litres to 974 (with the rear seats folded). The Rio boot is smaller and ranges from 288 litres to 923 litres.

New Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio Models

Engines and gearboxes

The Fiesta is available with a five or six-speed manual gearbox or a dual clutch automatic transmission.

There is also a wide range of engines for the Ford Fiesta, including the award-winning three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine and the 1.5-litre Zetec ECOnetic diesel engine that delivers up to 88.3mpg on a combined run.

The new Kia Rio will be powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines, most notably a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol offering high efficiency and low emissions. The most economical engine on current Rio models is the 1.1-litre diesel which can deliver combined fuel economy of 85.6mpg.

New Ford Fiesta models are available in trims including Zetec, Titanium and ST. Prices new range from £13,545 to £22,895, whereas used prices range from £200 to £18,000.<

Kia Rio models are available in ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, and ‘4’ with additional titles such as EcoDynamics, Air and Air EcoDynamics thrown into the mix  Prices range from £10,345 to £17,445, whereas used prices range from £300 to £15,500.

Used Prices and Key Facts

Model Used Price (From) Insurance Group Combined MPG (up to) CO2 Emissions (from)
Ford Fiesta '09 1.6 Zetec (p) £6,448 14 47.9 139g/km
Kia Rio 1.4 (d) '12 £6,495 3 53.3 124g/km
*Used prices are from RAC Cars 2016

If there is a (d) icon the car is a diesel while the (p) rather predictably donates a petrol engine. Your figure for CO2 emissions is relating the number of grams of CO2 the car emits every kilometre. Now we are talking a lot about combined MPG, which is another way of saying that a mix of motorway and urban miles has been calculated.

In regards to insurance groups, there are 50 car insurance groups that are determined by the Group Rating Panel. The particular car insurance group that a car is placed in will be used to calculate the premium. These groups are used as a risk indicator for insurance companies, with group 1 being the lowest risk and therefore being the lowest premium group, and group 50 being the highest.

Using the above emissions, you can view the tax band and annual cost of the above models in the table. Alternatively, if you know the registration number there are tools available to check the tax such as the gov.uk tax rate calculator.

You can view thousands of used Ford Fiesta and used Kia Rio models on RAC Cars today.

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