Kia Picanto review

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Kia Picanto
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18 May 2017 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:25

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City cars, such as the Kia Picanto, are as popular as chocolate in the UK, and that’s the reason you’ll find most mainstream manufacturers offering one.

Of course, a great city car needs to focus on giving buyers exactly what they want: seriously cheap motoring with as little compromise as possible on space, quality and driving characteristics.

And the Picanto's job isn't easy because it goes head to head with a wealth of talent, including the Hyundai i10, Seat Mii, Skoda Citigo, Suzuki Celerio and Volkswagen Up. Kia's cheapest car comes with five doors as standard, but you can choose between two petrol engines and a manual or automatic gearbox. There’s even an SUV version called X-Line, although this is more about looks than real rough-and-tumble driving.

City cars may be relatively cheap to buy, but nobody wants to waste their money, so does the Picanto prove well rounded enough to see off its best rivals? We'll tell you all you need to know over the next few pages.

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There are 7 trims available for the Picanto hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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This trim has more of what you might expect on a city car these days. It adds 14in alloy wheels, electrically adjustable door mirrors, air-con, Bluetooth, electric windows all round, a leather trim...View trim
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GT-line
It's based on 2 trim, so GT-Line misses out on some of the upgrades that our favoured 3 trim gets. Instead, it comes with sportier styling and 16in wheels on the outside. Automatic emergency brakin...View trim
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X-Line
This SUV-inspired trim adds more rugged styling on the outside, thanks to new bumpers, plastic arch mouldings and skid plates, as well as a slightly raised (by 15mm) ride height. It also has the la...View trim
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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...View trim
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GT-line S
GT-Line S is one of the top trims. It has the same sporty look as GT-Line, along with the trinkets included on 3 trim, plus heated seats and a heated steering wheel, wireless phone charging, keyles...View trim
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X-Line S
Comes with the rugged looks of X-Line, plus the plusher equipment levels of GT-Line S. It’s quite pricey, though...View trim
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Entry-level 1 trim is as bare as a derelict cottage, with not even air conditioning. It comes with steel wheels and the bog-standard infotainment system without Bluetooth, while there are some nice...View trim
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