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 13 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 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.
Reader test team says:
I really don't understand how WHATCAR can give this car such a low rating, Ok, the breaks are 'grabby'...the steering? seems ok to me, It drives…
I bought this car brand new as a runaround as my main car is a Land Rover and is not that city friendly. I was initially put off by the WhatCar…
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…
I cannot see why it has a poorer rating than a Hyundai I10 the platform and engine are THE SAME, my wife has a 1.2 auto and loves it , I drive…