What Car? says...
The Kia Picanto has become something of a rarity. That’s because it's a dinky city car that runs on petrol at a time when most of its rivals have either gone electric or been removed from sale altogether.
Why? Well, there simply isn't as much profit for manufacturers in building 'value' petrol cars anymore. They'd rather you shelled out thousands more on a small SUV, like the excellent Ford Puma, or an electric car, such as the latest Fiat 500.
The Picanto was rated 11th out of 17 small cars in the What Car? Reliability Survey, while Kia as a brand finished ninth out of 30 manufacturers. Every new Kia car comes with a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Read more here
No. The Picanto is available with a choice of two small petrol engines with no electrification, although both are relatively efficient. Small electric cars include the Honda E, the Mini Electric and the Renault Zoe, but they are much more expensive to buy. Read more here
The best Picanto engine is the 1.0T GDi, which is flexible and strong enough even on a motorway, although unfortunately it’s only available with the top trim levels, so it’s expensive. The cheaper 1.0 MPi engine is still good, but is not turbocharged. We recommend 3 trim, which includes 15in wheels, climate control, cruise control and other kit. Read more here
If you buy the Picanto in 1 or 2 trim, you get a radio, Bluetooth and a small 3.8in monochrome screen that’s pretty basic compared with the systems in rival cars. Higher trims have an 8.0in colour screen, DAB radio and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring. On 3, X-Line and GT-Line S models you also get an intuitive sat-nav system. X-Line S and GT-Line add wireless phone-charging. Read more here
The Picanto was awarded four stars out of five by the safety experts at Euro NCAP, but that only applies to versions with an optional safety pack. Without that, it gets just three stars. Standard safety kit includes automatic emergency braking (AEB) and six airbags. Read more here
The Picanto’s boot has a capacity of 255 litres, which is enough to fit in three carry-on suitcases. That’s more than the Toyota Aygo X and VW Up, but considerably less than the Dacia Sandero. It’s worth knowing that there’s a big boot lip to negotiate, and when you drop the rear seats there’s also a step in the extended boot floor. Read more here
|RRP price range||£13,400 - £17,450|
|Number of trims (see all)||6|
|Number of engines (see all)||2|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||53.3 - 60.1|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||7 years / 100000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£659 / £963|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,318 / £1,927|