For The Kia Picanto has a classy cabin and a fine driving position. Most versions are decently equipped and you get a seven-year warranty as standard.
Against It's not very good to drive at all. The steering is poor, the brakes are grabby, the ride is knobbly and the entry-level engine weedy and unrefined.
What Car? says
This is one of the cheapest cars on the market and its interior shames more expensive models. If only the Kia Picanto was better to drive.
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There are 11 Kia Picanto versions available
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 trim this would be the pick of the range. Unfortunately, Kia offers it only with dearer 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.
Reader test team says:
Well having owned a Kia Sorento i opted for a new Picanto as a daily commute, to simplify free road tax,cheap insurance,and cheap running costs drove…
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…
So you want a supermini that's cheap to run, is fun to drive and has some practical ability. Forget the three cylinder 1.0 variant of the Picanto -…
This is the wife's run around, the 5th Kia we have had in the last 6 years. No problems at all with the little beast except sticking rear brake…