Much like the engine under its bonnet, the previous Rio’s handling was some way short of compelling, much like the engine under its bonnet.
This would be less of a problem if the car didn’t necessarily rub shoulders with some standout supermini specimens, but this Kia’s Ford Fiesta, Mini Cooper and Mazda 2 rivals provide concrete evidence of the sporty and engaging dynamic compromise that can be successfully struck in a supermini.
Instead, they have persisted with a comfort-biased approach and produced a car that is easy to use, inoffensive and ultimately not very memorable.
The Rio’s soft-edged attitude to ride quality, bolstered by plenty of tyre sidewall, results in the sort of genial progress that successfully deals with all but the nastiest intrusions.
The wheel control lacks the light-footed élan that some rivals benefit from having plumbed into their suspension travel, yet, and on motorway journeys in particular, it’s hard to find fault with the deliberate care Kia has taken in solemnly causing you no discomfort.