Kia Picanto review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

Kia Picanto 2022 interior infotainment
  • Kia Picanto 2022 front cornering
  • Kia Picanto 2022 rear tracking
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior dashboard
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior rear seats
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior infotainment
  • Kia Picanto 2022 right tracking
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior front seats
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior detail
  • Kia Picanto 2022 passenger door open
  • Kia Picanto 2022 boot open
  • Kia Picanto 2022 front cornering
  • Kia Picanto 2022 rear tracking
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior dashboard
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior rear seats
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior infotainment
  • Kia Picanto 2022 right tracking
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior front seats
  • Kia Picanto 2022 interior detail
  • Kia Picanto 2022 passenger door open
  • Kia Picanto 2022 boot open
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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 a slightly cheaper alternative to an equivalent Hyundai i10 or Volkswagen Up, but is pricier than the supremely good value (and bigger) Dacia Sandero. While PCP finance deals are competitive, the i10 has slightly better resale values.

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

Kia Picanto 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

The Picanto proved to be less dependable than the Up in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, although it wasn’t the least reliable car in the small car category. It was better news for Kia as a manufacturer, with the brand placing a respectable ninth out of 30. Even so, it finished below Dacia, Hyundai and Toyota. 

For peace of mind, every Kia comes with the brand’s famous seven-year/100,000-mile warranty as standard. No competitor comes close to this, although Hyundai offers a five-year warranty.

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 £908
Target Price from £13,150
Save up to £908
or from £162pm
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Leasing deals
From £210pm