For With the 1.0-litre engine, the Picanto is exempt from road tax. The list of standard kit on 2-spec cars includes electric rear windows, Bluetooth and an MP3 socket.

Against This trim adds a fair bit to the price. 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.

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Key facts

13.9 secs
Top speed
95 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
518 miles
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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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