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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

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

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45 reader reviews for Kia Picanto Hatchback.
  • 1.0 GS 5dr

    Liz Jones Date: 08/11/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my little Kia for 4 months and what a lovely little car it is. I bought it at 6 months old from the main dealers with only 3800 miles on the clock for only £4700. How great is that?

    It is our second car and I use it only to do the school run and 7 miles to work and back. However it is used on the motorway almost daily as well.

    The purchase price of even brand new models is fantastic value for the consumer. This cannot be faulted. I have not used to warranty yet but I did get 2 and a half years with the car.

    The cabin is adequate with CD player and electric front windows. I have the basic model so no aircon but I find that does not bother me too much at all even though I am used to a more expensive saloon car as our main family car I still find I am very comfortable in my little Kia.

    The only downsides are the lack on my model of remote central locking. It is central locking but you have to use the key to open the drivers side first. I find this small thing a daily annoyance. Also I must disagree with previous reviews regarding fuel ecomony on this car. I actually find it very bad for such a small car. I am used to big 2L cars and although diesel they seem to give better fuel ecomony that my little 1L kia.

    Overall though I am delighted with my car. I would certainly think about replacing it with another Picanto in the future. It is fabulous.

  • 1.1 LX 5dr

    geoff williams , west midlands . Date: 10/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Now had my Picanto 3 years,I've done 51,000 miles and it's been very reliable, nothing extra to pay for,even got original brake pads whether it's because of ABS or my driving I'm not sure.Nippy on the motorway but noisey above 70mph.Could do with a bigger boot but with rear seats folded down it's got loads of space.Only gripe is harsh ride compared to my old Xantia,but 45mpg also compares to diesel Xantia.I keep the air conditioning on all the year round, I love it. Been looking to replace it recently,maybe Citroen Berlingo or C3 but reports put me off them so looks like I'll be keeping it for a few more years.

  • 1.1 LX 5dr

    Ian Simpson , Fife . Date: 28/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    While this car is nippy enough for use as a town car, the harsh suspension does not generate confidence on longer journeys.

    The tiny boot is absolutely ludicrous and this in itself should be enough to put anyone off buying this car.

    Fuel economy was pretty good, averaging around 45mpg, and the air-con, radio/CD player, four electric windows and electric mirrors are all plus-points. Sadly all of this is let down by the flimsy plastic interior.

    It's probably worth the money, but I would prefer to go for something more substantial even if it was second-hand.

  • 1.1 LX 5dr

    Roddy MacLeod Date: 21/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Given the obvious limitations of a car of these dimensions and cost, this is a pretty good effort by Kia.

    The boot is very small but realistically you're not going to be carrying more than one passenger for most trips and the rear seats quickly fold to improve space significantly.

    The range is also limited by what must be a tiny fuel tank.

    The Picanto is very well equipped and the interior seems to be made solidly with nothing falling apart or rattling. After two and a half years and 25,000 miles the only mechanical fault has been a front wheel bearing which was replaced under warranty.

    The only real fault in driving the car is a poor gearchange which is baulky and occasionally reluctant to engage reverse.

    Overall, it's good value, cheap, no-nonsense motoring.

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