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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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46 reader reviews for Kia Picanto Hatchback.
  • 1.1 Strike 5dr

    Lee Osborne , . Date: 23/04/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    I have mixed feelings about this car. Although I'm nearly 40 I've only been driving for a year and I'm still getting used to a lot of things. This is the first car I've owned and I own it by default - I inherited it from my mum. For many people it will be fine, and it's not a bad car, but it has enough niggles for me to want to replace it.

    It's quite spacious, but the boot is absolutely tiny, and it only has 2 seatbelts in the back, so that's an important consideration if you regularly need to transport lots of people or stuff. Besides that, though, it's quite comfortable inside. Driving it is OK, although the clutch took a bit of getting used to and performance is rather sluggish. At motorway speeds it makes a hell of a racket and doesn't feel particularly stable. It rolls around a bit on fast corners as well. Gearbox is nice though - very easy to slot into the right gears.

    It's quite well equipped and it's pretty reliable. Parts are really expensive though - I had to replace the battery because it went unused for a long time while my mum was ill, and it's a non-standard one that had to be ordered specially and cost an arm and a leg. Someone damaged one of my wing mirrors as well and it cost two hundred quid to replace!

    Because I have three kids and it's not quite big enough, plus for some of the reasons above, I'm about to replace it, but if you want a cheap, basic runaround it'll be absolutely fine. It's certainly been perfectly good enough for my daily commute.

  • 1.1 LX 5dr

    Mikhail Ramendik , Limerick . Date: 02/02/2014
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    I have a 2010 Kia Picanto 1.1LX, which I bought in summer 2012 as a second car, because it was a newish (<3 years old) car with a long warranty and also because a lady I know swears by its reliability (she had hers since 2004 I think). AND because I liked the Kia Cee'd which we already have (and still do).

    My wife loves driving it. I am bigger and found it somewhat cramped after some time, though it's bigger than other cars like this and was fine on the test drive. (The Huyndai i10 and even i20 are worse for me). So now I only use it for shorter drives.

    It has given no problems at all in the year and a half that we had it. It is sluggish, but that would be expected from such an engine. It is very pleasant to get around in city traffic and to park, so I do prefer it when we go to the city. On the motorway it has to be revver at 3500+ RPM and gets quite noisy but is quite driveable.

    The fuel economy has been a disappointment. Outside of city driving it is apparently as thirsty as the bigger 1.4 Cee'd. It may be because of motorway use.

  • 1.1 3 5dr

    melisa oliver , . Date: 22/11/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    I have been fortunate to own many "prestige" cars.After my circumstances changed I had to cut my cloth accordingly.Being a mum of three children,living in a rural area and having a school run of 44 miles everyday I needed reliable,safe,economical,practical and easy/pleasant to drive.Off I went on the new car hunt! Trying to get the best deal.Brand snob in me wanted the VW up but I soon realised that it and all the other cars in this class are 4 seaters.I needed 5! Reluctantly I went to Kia.What a revelation! I walked in to a very pleasant sales woman.Totally informative,friendly and not pushy at all.The picanto city was on offer.So off I went and OMG as my kids say! How cool was it! 5 seats! Great styling.no road tax.insurance for £99 a year! I took it out for a whizz and felt like I was in a very safe sturdy car ,it's fun! It's nippy.gets the kids in and shopping in and looks brilliant!I have had it now for 3 months and the only downsides are the fuel efficiency is not as good as kia say.it's more like 47 mpg but let's be honest,that's still great!other one is the back gets very muddy as its flat.Don't hesitate to go investigate the kia range and I will never be so stupid to think ever again that German is best! It's a little belter of a car and kia themselves are second to none..WONDERFUL!

  • 1.0 GS 5dr

    michael Byrne , staffordshire . Date: 15/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    i passed my test 5 months ago and this is the 2nd car i have driven. although i havent got much experience there are many probles which can be see from the car. for example many people have said about the fuel consumption and getting 300 miles out of a tank. ive got just over 200 miles which equals around 33 miles per gallon which is rubbish to say the least.another problem is that there is very little frontal grip which i lost the other day which worried me quite alot. im 6ft4 and i can squeez myself into the drivers seat just but find that the wheel does get in the way.

    however the good points are that i fit in the back well with planty of head room and LEG ROOM!

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