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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.

Kia Picanto Hatchback
22 5stars

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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4.375

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The full Kia Picanto review


There are 12 Kia Picanto versions available

Hatchback 1.0 1 3dr £8,145
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 1 5dr £8,345
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 1 Air 5dr £8,945
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 VR7 5dr £9,845
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 2 5dr £9,945
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 VR7 3dr £9,945
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 2 ISG 5dr £10,545
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 3 5dr £11,545
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 White ISG 3dr £11,845
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 Quantum ISG 3dr £11,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 4 ISG 5dr £12,095
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.25 White Auto 3dr £12,445 TBA

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.

Reader test team says:

Kia Picanto Hatchback 1.0 1 3dr

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…

David Smith

4 out of 5 stars

Kia Picanto Hatchback 1.25 3 5dr

i bought my 14reg Picanto 3 5dr in Blaze Red with 1200miles on, for £9995, Ken Jervis is an excellent main dealer, unlike some car dealerships ive got…

John Wright

5 out of 5 stars

Kia Picanto Hatchback 1.25 2 auto 5dr

I can't understand why the official What Car review considers this car not very good to drive. I have driven dozens of cars over the last 50+ years,…

Richard Sigrist

4 out of 5 stars

Kia Picanto Hatchback 1.25 2 auto 5dr

Actually my wife's car. Her previous car was an 03 Ka, but a ride as a passenger in an Audi A3 automatic made her want an auto. Small auto cars are…

John Collins

4 out of 5 stars
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