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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

    David Wheeler Date: 19/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Great equipment levels, cheap to buy and the auto 'box is smooth.

    This is my second Picanto - the first had an annoying habit of a permanently illuminating the brake warning light.

    After three visits to the Kia dealer, it was finally decided that maybe it would be best to offer me another (identical) car, which I accepted.

    The thing that bugs me about this car - apart from the miniscule boot - is the fuel consumption. The 'official government figures' show a combined MPG for my automatic Picanto of 46.3, this I find ludicrously innaccurate. The best I can acheive from this car no matter how gentle I drive it is a poor 31mpg.

    I queried this figure with Kia customer services and the lady on the other end of the 'phone said that an accurate consumptiion figure could not be achieved until the car had done at least 10,000 miles, which of course is garbage.

    So, a good, smooth-running car that's easy to drive but, in my case, poorly let down by very heavy fuel consumption. I do about 400 miles per week, which adds up to approx £190 per month at the pumps.

    VERY UNNACCEPTABLE I'M AFRAID KIA.

  • 1.0 GS 5dr

    valerie gould , essex . Date: 24/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    For the price, this car is fine. You really know about every little bump in the road though and the engine does have to be worked hard to get up a speed on motorways. But once it's there, it is fine.

    The boot is really tiny. It feels quite spacious inside though and is quite high off the ground giving good visibility. However, my brakes screech like mad for the first mile or so of each journey and also sometimes if I turn left. It's going in for a replacement part of some type next week.

    Also, the horn started going off all by itself (twice this happened) and burning out and had to be replaced - along with something to do with the airbag. (I am a woman, I don't understand these things!) The car was off the road for three weeks waiting for the parts to arrive. Luckily the Kia Assist package gives you a hire car for free, which is very well organised.

    By the way, it's only three months old! If I hadn't had the problems with horn, airbag and brakes, I would be happy with the car for the price it is.

  • 1.1 LX 5dr

    martin skennerton , oxford . Date: 14/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my KIA Picanto from September 2004. My reason for buying this car from the start was based on price and the amount of equipment you get.

    I use it mainly for journey to and from work 100 miles round trip, taken my boys at weekends to play football and rugby, my son is 6'4" tall and fits in the back when we take other players. The only fault I had in the first 8 weeks was from the driver's seat squeaking when going over bumps and changing gear. This took five visits back to the dealer, one seat frame and the location lugs for the seat mount isolated to fix.

    I have done over 8500 miles and will be due a service by middle of Feb. I will ask the dealer to look at minor tick over lumpiness. I have also been back to the body shop to ask them to speak to KIA about 10 stone chips on the front flat part of my bonnet that have gone all the way down to the metal.

    When I bought this car, KIA didn't do front mud flaps for LX model but I had the rear ones plus full set of mats from new. I also bought separately 12-stack CD changer which I gave the connection lead to the dealer to fit all the way in for me.

    I will shop around for the price of my first service as I now have three dealers I pass on my way to work to find a competitive price. I am getting about 320 miles from a tank of petrol 32ltrs = 46miles per gallon. I have tried supper unleaded petrol to see if it gets rid of my lumpy tick over and poss better miles per gallon.

  • 1.1 LX 5dr

    Greg Wright , WORCS . Date: 06/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Masses of fun to drive. Phenomenal brakes. Loads of kit including air-con.

    It's nippy enough if driving alone but there's plenty of space in the back for three children too. The only drawback is the small boot. It should prove a reliable and fun companion for a cross-country daily commute.

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