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2021 Kia Rio vs. 2022 MINI Hardtop Review

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2021 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,990
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2022 MINI
Hardtop

MSRP*: $22,900 to $32,900
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Invoice* $16,489 $19,000 to $30,470
MPG - City 33 MPG 25 - 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy 41 MPG 34 - 38 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 4 - 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 120-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 134-hp, 1.5-liter, 3 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 189-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 120 hp 134 - 228 hp
Exterior Length 160.0 in 152.2 - 159.1 in
Exterior Width 67.9 in 68.0 in
Leg Room Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Front 41.4 in
Rear 30.8 - 32.3 in
Head Room Front 38.9 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 38.3 - 40.3 in
Rear 36.9 - 37.5 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Rio than the MINI Hardtop. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Kia Rio and the MINI Hardtop in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Rio as you will with the MINI Hardtop, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Kia Rio is clearly a better financial choice over the MINI Hardtop. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Kia Rio is much higher than that for the MINI Hardtop.

Dimensions
The Kia Rio is about the same width as the MINI Hardtop. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Kia Rio, which is slightly longer than the MINI Hardtop.

Handling
The Kia Rio has a smaller turning radius than the MINI Hardtop, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Rio is significantly less powerful than the MINI Hardtop. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Kia Rio has much less torque than the MINI Hardtop, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
The Kia Rio offers greater seating capacity than the MINI Hardtop, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Rio than that of the MINI Hardtop.