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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.
  • 1.1 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!

  • 1.1 SE+ 5dr

    Jeremy Stokes , Somerset . Date: 15/11/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    overall I'm very pleased with it. The SE+ version provides 4 electric windows, leather trim and part leather seats. The cabin feels well put together and equipment levels are already quite generous. To drive the 1.1 is a bit sluggish and runs out of puff on hills but maintains good progress on the motorway. The brakes are fierce, the ride is quite hard and the indicator stalk is on the wrong side.

    Room in the cabin is good but the boot is tiny with the rear seats up.

    When I took delivery there was the wrong manual for the stereo which the dealer corrected quickly and after a couple of weeks the brake lights stuck on. Again the dealer fixed this quickly and there have been no other problems since.

    I have just paid £255 for the main service at the Kia dealership which I feel is steep for a small car. This was just the basic service, nothing additional was required apart from swapping round the front and rear tyres.

    The cost of servicing and spares does concern me and has made me think twice about buying a Kia Ceed to replace our other car. In June I was hit in the rear whilst waiting at traffic lights and pushed into the back of the car in front. The Kia was off the road for nearly 8 weeks - some of which was insurance company delays but mostly problems in getting replacement front and rear bumpers.

    I do like this car and would certainly buy another but Kia - why don't you make a diesel version? That would be a great small car

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