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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Kia Picanto (11-) Hatchback
9 reader reviews for Kia Picanto Hatchback.
  • 1.0 2 5dr

    Chris Holman , Lancashire . Date: 14/11/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    My wife's a driving instructor who uses the Picanto for her business; it's also our only car. We almost didn't buy this car on the back of the What Car review, but we're glad we did. First, the brakes - if they were as bad as the reviewer claims it would be hopeless for learners. The brakes are fine. Steering - OK, feels a bit vague at first, but that's only an issue on motorways and you soon get used to it. The 1.0 engine is no ball of fire, but it's a lot of fun to drive, you just have to work it hard - the three-cylinder has lots of character. It's a great little car as long as you switch off the gear shift indicator, which is hopelessly optimistic - this car doesn't lend itself to high-gear driving. Economy doesn't come anywhere near 67mpg regardless of driving style - I've had 60mpg on one tankful but it was tedious, in practice 55 is typical. The interior is superb, though a bit too dark for my liking - some colour would be nice. At 25,000 miles it still feels like new; we'll be trading in for a 1.2 in a couple of months. The only problem we had was that a bearing failed on the aircon compressor; the dealer was great but took an embarrassingly long time to fix it, even proposing a full engine stripdown until I realised what it was and suggested they take a look.......but that's not unusual with main dealers. They stood by the warranty though, even though we'd misunderstood the service schedule and overshot a main service by 3000 miles.

  • 1.0 2 5dr

    Daniel Rodwell , Durham . Date: 25/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      56

    My car

    Ok I'll keep it short and sweet. The interior is simply amazing. No car of this price range can match it. The Bluetooth and voice control actually works and recognises my Geordie accent no bother at all. The steering wheel chrome trim looks very bold and impressive. The small engine is surprisingly nippy and tax free. MPG is to be envious of achieving 60mpg combined easily if I'm good, and 48mpg combined if I'm in a real hurry. Holds the road beautifully. Small tyres make it fab in the bad weather. 5dr practicality but keeping its good looks is a plus. Incredible warranty. Holds its money well. Great low insurance. Bad bits next. Never managed to achieve 67.3mpg kia figures. Stereo is not loud enough when using Bluetooth but good using cd or aux usb cable. Bluetooth reads names surname first if you own an iPhone. Overall a very impressive, efficient, spacious, nippy, little pretty car!

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