Bargain-priced hatch that has same feature as luxury cars

The adage of good things in small packages has come to fruition.

Often in the annals of automotive history we’ve seen compact cars hit showrooms aimed at securing the bargain basement market. Small cars such as the Kia Rio are defying the past.

Packed with the latest gear, the recently updated Rio makes a play for younger and tech-savvy buyers.

Base model Rio S variants start from $18,990 drive-away and come with a big screen boasting smartphone mirroring capabilities we’ve previously only seen on high-end European models.

Our experience was behind the range-topping Rio GT-Line, which at $24,490 is about $500 more expensive than what was being asked this time last year, but remains a whole lot of car for your cash.

The Kia Rio 2021 models come with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Kia Rio 2021 models come with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The new eight-inch main touchscreen dominates the dash within a cabin that feels premium.

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