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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 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!

  • 1.0 GS 5dr

    Bill Ralphson , Lancashire . Date: 16/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just completed a six week contract where the car we drove for some 3000 miles was a Picanto. Over a good mixture of town and motorway driving, I was pleasantly surprised at the car's versatility.

    I am 6ft 2in tall, but could nearly get myself comfortable even though the seats are a little flimsy.

    The engine was noisy but eager enough. I would imagine as a second town car this is a good buy.

  • 1.0 GS 5dr

    Katharine Ilett , Notts . Date: 27/11/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having purchased this car two months ago, with the belief that I would be saving money on running costs (having previously run a 2.0-litre car), I am bitterly disappointed with this vehicle.

    Don't get me wrong; it has a lot of high specification features including an MP3 player, ABS and EBS braking, however it just leaves me cold on the amount of fuel it seems to consume. I have the 1.0GS model, and at £4995 I thought I had bagged myself a little bargain.

    I cover 90 miles a day getting to work and back but the Picanto just can't seem to cut it. It's not so much the unsteady ride once I reach 70mph, it's more that I find myself watching the fuel gauge dive towards its resting place on empty. In fact, the fuel gauge does seem to out-perform the car on the motorway!

    At 70mph, the rev counter (another standard item on the entry model) fluctuates between the high 3000s to almost 4,000 revs. Again, in its defence (and had I read some more reviews and done my homework) I would have concluded it was not the car for me, and perhaps a diesel would have been a more suitable purchase.

    However all in all the car is a good little runner and value for money, but do not consider it for motorway miles or long daily journeys - it would simply not be economical.

  • 1.1 SE 5dr

    mark heffernan Date: 07/04/2005
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having previously written about this car, here is an update some 18 months later... Yes, Kia is right - after about 5000 miles, the mpg goes up (not a lot!) but I am getting a third more mpg than before.

    I have just retaxed the vehicle and for now just £40 for 12 months (yes, 12 months - a bargain), Kia now falls in the lowest emission category.

    The most annoying feature, though, is the key fob self-locking button. If you lock the car and put your keys in your trouser pocket, 9 times out of 10 the button is caught and the car unlocks... a design fault there?

    As for the puncture repair kit - it's useless! A spare tyre would have much more practical.

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