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The local subcompact hatch and sedan market is one ripe with capable cars, yet is a segment where the sheer number of options available makes finding ones that stand out a difficult task.

It depends on what you're looking for, but it's pretty safe to say that potential car owners are going to have their work cut out for them finding the 'perfect' vehicle here. When it comes to comfort and refinement, the Kia Rio is a hatchback that truly shines brighter than most.

The Rio is just so damn quiet--hardly any outside noise permeates into the car's interior. Combine this with the hatcback's European looks, comfortable ride, cozy seats, and nimble and light steering, and you have a real winner.

Of course, the car isn't perfect. Many motorists will find that the four-speed automatic transmission the Kia Rio GL comes with won't do the car justice. And despite its decent sound system, the car still comes equipped with an ancient head unit. But if you're looking for a plush ride that gives you an easy time moving around the city, the Rio won't disappoint.

Want to see more of this subcompact hatch? Just press play on the video review above.


Drei Laurel
Staff Writer
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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