Produced by Korean manufacturer Kia from 1999 onwards, the popular Rio has since cemented its reputation as a reliable and affordable family vehicle.

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3 things to know about the Kia Rio

  • There have been four generations of the Kia Rio since its launch, with the most recent arriving in 2017.^^
  • Despite the model being offered in several body styles globally, only the 5-door hatchback edition is available as new in Europe.
  • Kia announced an upgrade to Rio’s latest iteration in 2020, which is set to include the make’s first gasoline mild-hybrid powertrain*.
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Interesting fact

The Kia Rio won the iconic Red Dot Award for Passenger Car Design in 2017**.

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Looking for comprehensive insurance?

At Ageas, we’re proud to provide our comprehensive car insurance to as many Kia drivers as we can.

You can make your policy go as far as you need, through the range of optional extras we offer our customers, such as breakdown cover.

With car insurance from Ageas, you can make a claim 24/7 and, if you  choose one of our approved repairers, all workmanship comes with a guarantee for as long as you own the car^.

Car insurance quote

See how Ageas can help with your Kia Rio car insurance when you start your car insurance quote today.

Taxing and insuring your Kia Rio

Insurers consider lots of information about yourself and your vehicle before they provide you with a quote. It’s common for providers to look at things like your age and where you live, along with the specifications of the car you drive. In some cases, that may include the vehicle’s insurance group – a banding system running from 1-50 that reflects the costs and risks linked to the model.

Then there’s Vehicle Excise Duty, commonly known as road tax, which is also determined through a banding system. This is a tax owed annually and the amount you’re charged will depend on your vehicle’s CO2 emissions.

Car insurance groups and tax bands for some versions of the Kia Rio include:

Model Insurance Group Tax Band
Kia Rio 2 1.4 CRDi 76bhp ISG 5d 2 E
Kia Rio 2 1.25 83bhp ISG 5d 4 H
Kia Rio 3 1.4 98bhp auto 5d 5 H
Kia Rio 1 1.25 83bhp ISG 5d 6 H
Kia Rio Pulse 1.25 83bhp ISG 5d 7 F
Kia Rio 3 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp ISG 5d 8 H
Kia Rio GT-Line 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp ISG 5d 9 H
Kia Rio GT-Line S 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp ISG 5d 10 H


At Ageas, we’re proud to offer our comprehensive cover to as many UK drivers as we can. But we can’t guarantee we can cover every car and this may apply to some editions of the Kia Rio.

While assessing if we can provide you with a quote, we will consider a number of factors that include your car and your personal circumstances.




^Subject to the vehicle being maintained in accordance with the manufacturer routine maintenance schedule. Defective parts will be replaced without charge as long as they are covered by the part manufacturer’s warranty. Failure of components or bodywork damage will not be covered if failure or deterioration is through normal usage.