Kia Picanto 2019 Front cornering shot

Kia Picanto review

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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 that includes 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 three petrol engines and a manual or automatic gearbox. There’s even an SUV-aping X-Line version, although it’s more about looks than real rough-and-tumble driving.

City cars may be relatively cheap to buy, but cheap doesn’t necessarily mean cheerful. 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 8 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 allo...View trim
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Adds useful features such as a 7.0in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto an...View trim
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X-Line
This SUV-inspired trim adds more rugged styling on the outside, thanks to new bumpers...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...View trim
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This has everything you could realistically need while still remaining relatively affor...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...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 t...View trim
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Entry-level 1 trim is as bare as a derelict cottage, with not even air conditioning. It...View trim
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