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.
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.
I have just purchased the car for my daughter. We traded in her citroen saxo 1.1 desire for £2400 which was a march 2001 on a Y reg with one previous owner.
The dealer gave us the option of a cash deal at £6645 with metallic and he has thrown in car mats and mud flaps.
I am impressed by the level of equipment and on first impressions after a 30 minute test drive the car seems fine.
After reading some of your reader reviews, I am sure my daughter will be delighted with her new car and as it is the 1.1 se in silver metallic it looks really sporty for her. I will let you know more after a couple of months.
Bought this car for my daughter's 18th birthday. She actually passed her test in the car. I think the car most of all offers superb value for money. Good standard spec includes CD player, twin airbags, front elec windows, side impact protection and ABS.
I love the driving position which feels a little like driving a smaller version of a renault scenic. I actually own an Audi TT myself so I suppose that driving anything else would feel like you are sitting quite high.
Most impressive is the amount of room inside and with 4 doors as well it makes a very practical little car. Actually enjoy driving the Picanto more than my wife's Mini Cooper.
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