Kia Picanto 1.25 3 5dr Auto Review

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The Kia Picanto is a fine small car, with a smart interior, tidy handling and, if you pick the 1.25 MPi 83 engine, decent performance and economy. A Hyundai i10 is a bit more polished in terms of ride and refinement, though.

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Trim: 3

This has everything you could realistically need while still remaining relatively affordable. The equipment bonanza includes 15in wheels, power-folding door mirrors, climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a sliding front centre armrest. In addition, you get a great infotainment package with a 7.0in touchscreen, smartphone mirroring and sat-nav with live traffic updates, plus added safety with automatic emergency city braking.

Engine: 1.25

The best compromise between power and price. It's peppy, but not only is it much more comfortable with motorway work than the entry-level 1.0-litre, it’s smoother, too. We managed just under 40mpg on mixed roads in our test. It's the engine we recommend.

Key information

0-62 MPH13.2 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure


Urban: 43.5Motorway: 51.4
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating