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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.
  • 1.0 S 5dr

    Nathan Caldecott , Manchester . Date: 01/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Although compact, I found the cabin was comfortable for a six-footer, but the plastics were poorly styled, although they feel well built.

    I liked the cabin as a whole though - it felt relaxing. The equipment level is good for the price, but I'd prefer to see some more safety equipment.

    The dealer's salesman didn't really take interest in you until you said 'I'd like a test drive'. The drive is dull and boring; nothing exciting at all.

    The running costs look great on paper, but I don't know if it's good off it.

  • 1.1 SE 5dr

    MIKE SAWYERS , DURHAM . Date: 22/03/2006
    • 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 bought this car after having had a test drive in one and rejecting it, because we were running two 4x4s, one a Sorento XS, replaced this year by another XS.

    I ordered the car for March 1 2005 delivey and got a lot of grief with late delivery - I got free mudflaps and car mats and a pair of Kia mugs. Read into this what you will.

    To date, the car has been reliable but I do have concerns with the fuel consumption. I have done just over 4000 miles in the last year, and normally I seem to be getting fuel economy in the high 40s, but nowhere near the figures quoted by Kia. i'm not heavy-footed and would expect more.

    I had the car's first year service recently at a cost of £135 - not bad, but the car smelled of oil.

    The car has a good list of standard equipment. The SE has electric windows all round but no heating elements in the door mirrors - my old Montego had those in 1990. It has room for four people, is cheap to insure and seems to have no wear or tear anywhere.

    On the negative side, I was waiting for the diesel version - it seems to have sunk crossing the Channel - only for its 75bhp and twice the torque of petrol models. The car is adequate round town but gives a false impression of speed, because it is small and close to the ground. This makes it seem fast, but the speedometer only reads 50mph.

  • 1.1 LX 5dr

    julian harrison Date: 19/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have now owned my Picanto Glamour 1.1 for four months. During this time I have experienced various Peugeot models that have been loaned to me as courtesy vehicles.

    My difficulties started on the day of collection, when on arriving home the oil warning light illuminated when ticking over. This was diagnosed as a sensor failure, which was then upgraded to an oil pump fault.

    With a new pump fitted the engine management system would not reset and the car stayed in the dealership for the next 58 days while a new engine was be fitted. Subsequent oil leaks have resulted in the driveshaft oil seal being replaced and this was followed the week after by the engine having to be removed so a new gearbox seal could be fitted.

    So far my vehicle has spent 63 days in the garage. Calls to Kia and to the dealer have gone unanswered or have been unhelpful. I have been offered a refund (and not a replacement) but this is disappointing as I sold a perfectly adequate and reliable Yaris at a reduced price in order to take advantage of the keen price offered on the Glamour. A replacement would now cost significantly more.

  • 1.1 LX 5dr

    Tony Ellis , Essex . Date: 21/02/2006
    • 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

    This car offers superb specification for the money. It drives well and feels like a much bigger car. It has good build quality with an inoffensive interior.

    The boot is small, but we knew that when we bought it. I hope we never have to use the tyre inflation system.

    THe car represents a good all-round package if space isn't a prime concern, although four adults can be accommodated in reasonable comfort. The automatic gearbox is excellent for easy town driving, but a lot of short journeys will have an impact on fuel economy. Over 2900 miles we have a low of 29mpg and a high of 45mpg. The overall average since new is 36mpg.

    The car is a good drive, even on motorways where it had little problem keeping up with the flow in the outside lane! Sometimes, though, you get the impression the engine is racing ahead of the acceleration involved.

    It is impressively equipped and feels comfortable, no matter which of the seats you occupy. The all-round disc brakes could surprise new owners as they are particularly effective (which is reassuring), but you soon get used to giving a light touch on the brake pedal.

    We have no regrets at all in our decision to buy. One year's free insurance was a bonus, too!

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