Our cars: Kia Picanto - March 2012

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Kia Picanto
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Kia Picanto 1.0 2

Week ending March 30
Mileage: 10,595
Driven this week: 600 miles

Kia Picanto review

I took the Picanto to Lovekyn Kia in Ewell for its first service and was very impressed with the dealership.

I elected to wait while the work was done and was out of the door half an hour sooner than they had said. The bill was also £10 cheaper than quoted at £130.03.

Everything was clean and tidy, there were lots of comfortable seats and access to computers, current magazines (not two-year-old jobs), coffee, tea, water, biscuits, toys (for kids, not me), a television, fresh flowers and wifi access.

The toilet was spotless, the staff were friendly and my car was also valeted.

Top notch stuff.


Kia Picanto 1.0 2

Week ending March 23
Mileage: 9995
Driven this week: 560 miles

The long motorway slogs I’ve been doing in the Picanto have hurtled it towards its first 10,000 mile service.

I’ve elected to sit in the waiting room at my chosen dealership while the work is done, and have been told that it should take no more than an hour and a half to do. I wonder if there’ll be wi-fi so I can get on with some emails while I’m waiting.

When I asked for a price I was told ‘around £140’, so it will be interesting to see how close it gets to this. If anything, if the dealership knows what it’s doing, I should have quoted an inflated price so when I go to pay and it’s less I’m left with a warm feeling.

Let's see…


Week ending March 16
Mileage: 9435
Driven this week: 111 miles

I think the Kia Picanto is a fairly natty looking car, even if the slightly protruding front bumper does remind me of Keira Knightley’s overbite (yes, she does have one, it’s massive).

I also like the colour because it’s an almost perfect match for my football team’s home strip – Manchester City. It shows the dirt rather easily, but at least there’s not much of it to keep clean.

Since it’s press week, I’ve not been chasing up and down the motorways. The week’s mileage is drastically down, and the car much happier on the slower local roads, but economy is pretty much unimproved at 41.8mpg.

Peter Lawton

Week ending March 9
Mileage: 9324
Driven past two weeks 1722 miles

I’ve spent more time behind my desk than behind the wheel recently, but in the most recent trip I needed to fold the rear seats down - a process which left me a little surprised to discover some rather exposed electrical connections under the squabs.

I rather hope they’re not for anything too important, but they haven’t been dislodged yet in any case, so no need to panic.

Only had a quick glance, but the large black plastic disc almost looks like a nice big subwoofer, which it almost certainly isn’t.

Peter Lawton

Our cars: Kia Picanto - February 2012


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