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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 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.

  • 1.1 SE 5dr

    Sean Hobbs , Newport . Date: 23/03/2005
    • 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

    My car

    I have only owned this car for three weeks but in this time my initial impressions on purchase have only been strengthened.

    The car seems very well made with a good finish. For a relatively cheap car, the drive is good with a decent ride quality and low noise levels. The engine is only coarse when pushed hard. The interior of the car seems well built and all controls are easy to hand. If the car stays like this during my future ownership, I would give it a five-star rating for brilliant value for money.

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