Our cars: Kia Picanto - May

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Kia Picanto 1.0 2

Week ending May 18
Mileage: 11,100
Driven this week: 123 miles

Kia Picanto review

When it comes to commuting, there are a couple of things I look for in a car. First of all, a manual model must have a clutch that's forgiving and not too stiff, and the Picanto has that covered. Secondly, it must have somewhere to connect my phone – something commonplace in most modern cars.

I’ve been particularly impressed at just how well the Picanto addresses the latter. I tend to use Spotify – the free music app – but a lot of cars don’t recognise this as a music source, even if the phone is plugged in. I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much when met with the Picanto’s cheap-looking stereo, yet it started playing almost instantly. Much more expensive systems have let me down in the past.


Our cars: Kia Picanto - April


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