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For With the 1.0-litre engine, the Picanto is exempt from road tax and is cheap to buy. Going for this trim over the basic 1 model brings you air-conditioning.

Against You don't get rear electric windows, an MP3 socket or fancy, chrome-effect dashboard trim unless you upgrade to 2 spec. The 1.0-litre engine is painfully slow, even when you rev it hard.

Kia Picanto Hatchback

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

Cheaper versions of the Kia Picanto make the most sense, but the VR7 model is better value.

What Car? readers say

4.333333


Key facts

0–60mph
13.9 secs
Top speed
95 mph
Average mpg
67.3
Tank range
518 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The 1.25-litre petrol engine is much stronger and smoother than the entry-level 1.0-litre, and if it were available with 1 Air or VR7 trim it would be the pick of the range. Unfortunately, Kia offers it only with more expensive trims, which pushes the price too close to that of mainstream superminis such as the brilliant Ford Fiesta.

As a result, we reckon the 1.0-litre model makes most sense. Yes, performance is disappointing, but it's reasonably cheap to buy and is exempt from road tax.

Whichever version of the Picanto you buy, you’ll enjoy a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

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