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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 LS 5dr

    Angie Scholes Date: 05/02/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought a new Picanto in July 07, and have done about 4000 miles in it since. It's my first car, and I'm very happy with it.

    The car's interior is basic and somewhat plastic-y, but nicely laid out and the stereo is pretty good. For such a small car it is surprisingly comfortable, which I found when I did a 250 mile trip recently. My 6ft friends have no problems in the front or back, although it is quite a narrow car. The boot is tiny, but with careful packing I can get a fair amount in there. There is also additional space under the floor cover.

    I find it very easy to drive, and although it is sometimes slow to accelerate, with careful use of the gears you can get to top speeds easily. I have no problems keeping up with motorway traffic, nor do I find overtaking difficult. It tends to be noisy on some road surfaces but in general it's comparable to other small cars. It can be a bumpy ride sometimes but the suspension is generally fine. Fuel consumption is okay with around 300 miles to the tank. It's very easy to park as it is tiny, and large wing mirrors give excellent vision.

    Overall, I'm very pleased with my Picanto. I didn't drive cars for a couple of years after getting my licence, preferring my motorbike, but I found I needed a car for work. It's certainly not a 'cool' car, and it's not for boy racers, but once you get used to the way it drives it's excellent value for money in my opinion. I would happily recommend one to others.

  • 1.1 LS 5dr

    marty paynes , bucks . Date: 01/02/2008
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Great Little car when driven on what is now 3 test drives in various models, though I prefer the 1.1LX. I will be purchasing one soon.

    Why oh why do reviewers both amateur and pro comment badly on interior/the wheels/ and what the seats are like?? Who cares what colour the wheels are and if the seats go back forward up down or even sideways. When I purchase a car I look for reliabilty, good mechanics and the fact that I will be able to get from A to B with no help from a AA or RAC wagon. Besides in this day and age, have too much of a sporty flashy car and it is likely to be nicked.

    I found it fine over bumps and potholes, perhaps the pro reviewer on here took it across a field? On one test drive I drove at 55-60mph on a dual carriageway.............road noise? very gently yes but nothing severe. Perhaps again the reviewer had the windows down?

    Reliabilty? I expect it to do well, will have to comment further after a period of ownership. Safety and security, I would think it to be ok. But if you are someone who deliberately leaves laptops on full view, expect damage I guess. Drive safely and you won't need the airbags.........cool eh?

  • 1.0 GS 5dr

    vikki baker , staffordshire . Date: 12/01/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is pants on fuel - goodness knows where they got their figures from on mpg, or mine is faulty!

    I am getting arond 300 miles to the tank which is 35 litres. The brakes are fierce and take some getting used to.

    It's basic so you get what you pay for. There's more room inside that you first think. Would cost me another £2000+ to get the same spec etc with other cars of simular size, so if you're not a badge snob and you want a run around with little fuss you won't go too far wrong, but dont expect to be racing up the motorways with you friends as you'll be left at the start whilst there at the finish, however this does make it a safer car!

  • 1.0 5dr

    David Schiavone Date: 15/11/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have been given a Kia Picanto 1.0 Litre Engine as a company car and, to be fair, as we have a big problem with parking car-spaces it's good.

    However it has a rather very harsh drive, un-comfortable seats and very akward position.

    Compared to my Toyota Vitz (Imported 2nd Hand from Japan) and my UK-built Toyota Corolla Colour Collection, it's very far behind.

    More than that the engine is very noisy.

    Other then that its a very pratical car and fits in very tight spaces, plus it has a very easy and lightweight power steering.

    A perfect car for always-on-the-go runabouts like me and green drivers.

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