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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 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

  • 1.1 3 5dr

    stephen hoggarth , cumbria . Date: 14/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Test drove a picanto 3 today as im looking for a car to beat the credit crunch and high fuel costs, i was quite impressed at how solid it felt. its no pocket rocket but in the 3 trim level it looks the part, had smart alloy wheels, spoiler, bodykit, chrome exterior and interior door handles and fog lights oh and indicators on the wing mirrors! which are electric and heated.

    the dashboard looks well put together with leather steering wheel and gearstick, alloy pedals along with mp3 conection, aircon, remote locking alarm, all round electric windows the gauges are silver which turn orange in the dark very nice! just waiting for the dealer to get to me with the best deal and im having one in white, and will have no problems with my 20k a year milage as it does 55mpg and petrol is nearly 10p a litre cheaper than diesel. and comes with 3 year unlimited milage warranty! fantastic, the what car verdict is a bit harsh i think as i was impressed with the car and the helpfulness of the dealer. i will write another report in a while to update. i think anyone who wants a budget car which does not look or feel like one and get 50+mpg should go to visit there local kia dealer!

  • 1.1 LX 5dr

    Dan Hutson , Essex . Date: 03/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 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've just been given this car as a courtesy car, and I think that is all it's good for.

    The clutch is spongy, the brakes are too harsh, and the light/wiper stalks are on the wrong side of the steering wheel. The outside styling is also bland.

    The dash is basic and doesn't look attractive, even though you do get electrics all round and air con... I tend to go for looks.

    I really hope my C2 is fixed quickly!!!

  • 1.0 5dr

    SAM COATSWORTH Date: 23/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I do not own one of these, but my wife and I test drove one when she was choosing a new car, though we ended up with the Hyandi Getz 1.1.

    We were attracted to the Picanto car by its looks, price, insurance group and the big attraction is the £15-a-year road tax. With its fuel economy, and insurance group 1 or 2, it's cheaper to run that a motorcycle (except parking of course).

    If you want a runabout for work, this is fine, and as a second car. The quality of the bodywork is good, and the doors sounded good quailty when you close them (they're not tiny).

    Bad points: to say the car is gutless is an understatment (then it's only 1.0). Legroom is awful in the driver's seat (so if you're 5ft 11 to over 6ft, forget it), and there is no clock at all - it would have cost them 50p to have a cheap digital clock, so you would need to go the motorway accessory shop for the stick-on one!

    However, for value for money in the current credit and fuel crisis, it's a car worth trying. If I were to stereotype this car then I would say its for 18-year old young women, and elderly person or a single parent (as a value-practical four-door.

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