Kia Picanto review

Category: City car

Section: Costs & verdict

Kia Picanto 2021 Infotainment screen
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Front 3/4 cornering
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Rear 3/4 tracking
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Dashboard
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Rear seats
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Infotainment screen
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Right tracking
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Front seats
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Boot
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Passenger door inner
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Gearlever
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Front 3/4 cornering
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Rear 3/4 tracking
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Dashboard
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Rear seats
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Infotainment screen
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Right tracking
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Front seats
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Boot
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Passenger door inner
  • Kia Picanto 2021 Gearlever
What Car?’s Picanto deals
New car deals
Save up to £768
Target Price from £10,921
Save up to £768
or from £140pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £11,129
Leasing deals
From £149pm
In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

If you’re paying with cash, the Kia Picanto is the slightly cheaper alternative to an equivalent Hyundai i10 or Volkswagen Up, but pricier than the supremely good value and bigger Dacia SanderoPCP finance deals are competitive, but rivals like the i10 have slightly better resale values.

Running costs should be cheap. The Picanto is generally less to insure than an i10 and the 1.0 MPi engine is really frugal.

X-Line and GT-Line trims may appeal with their respective rugged and sporty styling, but you miss out on a fair bit of 3’s kit. S versions of these trims add those luxuries back in and more, but are too pricey for us to recommend.

Kia Picanto 2021 Infotainment screen

Reliability

The Picanto didn't do that well in our 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, proving less dependable than the Toyota Aygo and Up – it came higher than the Suzuki Ignis, though. Kia as a brand finished in a very respectable seventh place (out of 31 brands) behind Toyota and Hyundai, but better than many of its other key rivals.  

Kia is famous for its seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, which every Picanto comes with as standard. That's longer cover than you get on any competitor.

Safety and security

Overview

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.

  • Really tidy handling
  • Frugal 1.0 MPi petrol engine
  • Excellent infotainment and equipment on 3 trim
  • 1.0 MPi petrol engine isn't very quick
  • Firm (ish) low-speed ride
  • A Dacia Sandero is much roomier
New car deals
Save up to £768
Target Price from £10,921
Save up to £768
or from £140pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £11,129
Leasing deals
From £149pm