Kia Picanto 1.0 Shadow 5dr [4 seats] Review

Category: Small car

Section: Version review

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  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior dashboard
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior rear seats
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior infotainment
  • Kia Picanto 2022 right tracking
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  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior detail
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RRP £14,205What Car? Target Price£13,539
Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors

The Kia Picanto is a very fine small car, with a smart interior, tidy handling and – if you pick our favourite 3 trim – a very easy to use and well-equipped infotainment system. The Hyundai i10 is a bit more polished in terms of ride and refinement, though, and a Dacia Sandero offers more space but costs even less.

Sitting above 1 and 2 trim, Shadow trim is where things start to feel a bit more modern. It comes with 15in alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring, a reversing camera, a six-speaker stereo and faux-leather upholstery.

The non-turbocharged 66bhp 1.0 MPi is pretty much the default choice. That's because it's available with the majority of trims and with a manual or automatic gearbox. 0-60mph takes just over 14sec (or 16.6sec for the auto), which sounds slow but it's quicker than the Volkswagen Up and, actually, fine for pottering around town. It's an engine that thrives on being revved, so while you need to work it hard on faster roads it does feel more eager than the numbers suggest.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats4
0-62 MPH14.1 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

58.7

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

255

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

112

g/km