City cars sell extremely well in the UK, and that’s the reason you’ll find most manufacturers offering one. Kia’s offering is the Picanto, which goes head to head with such rivals as the Hyundai i10, Seat Mii, Skoda Citigo, Suzuki Celerio and Volkswagen Up.
All of these rivals focus on giving the city buyer exactly what they want; seriously cheap motoring, but without compromising on space, quality or decent driving characteristics.
The Picanto is certainly up there for cabin quality, its interior surfaces putting those in some more expensive rivals to shame. It’s also nicely equipped and Kia offers a generous warranty. It’s available with a choice of two small petrol engines, a manual or automatic gearbox and in three- or five-door forms.
However, the Picanto is particularly disappointing to drive, outclassed by the likes of the VW Up and its Citigo and Mii sister models. These rivals also beat the Picanto when it comes to interior space and running costs, because they emit less CO2, use slightly less fuel and will hold on to their value better in the long run.