What's the used Kia Picanto like?
A sensible city car is, on the face of it, perhaps not the most exciting used car. But the quality of today’s city cars means buying one needn’t leave you wanting for the creature comforts of something larger. The Kia Picanto is a case in point.
For one thing, it’s a handsome little blighter; from every angle, the Picanto manages to look cute enough to be charming, while retaining enough upmarket touches to still feel smart.
Inside, the story’s the same, with a handsome dashboard design that doesn’t look like it’s built down to a price. The plastics are hard, as you’ll find with most other city cars, but they’re robust, and the smooth, weighty-feeling switchgear means everything you touch lends an air of quality.
Some lower-specification versions come with a fairly poor stereo system that lacks features such as a colour screen that you’ll find on like-for-like rivals. However, for the most part the Picanto’s well equipped. What’s more, there’s plenty of space in the front and in the boot, although large adults might find knee room a bit of a squeeze in the backseats.
Around town, light steering and good visibility make the Picanto a doddle to drive; however, you might find the ride to be a touch on the firm side – it’s certainly not quite as comfortable as rivals such as the Volkswagen Up and Hyundai i10. That said, it’s tolerable, and the payoff comes when you up the pace, at which point you’ll discover that the Picanto is surprisingly good fun to drive, with direct steering, limited body lean and plenty of grip.
You can pick between a 1.0-litre and a 1.25-litre petrol. Neither is going to set bales of hay alight with its performance, but both will provide just about enough performance if you spend most of your time in town. If you want to take your Picanto out onto motorways and A-roads regularly, though, we’d recommend the 1.25, as the 1.0 can often feel gutless at higher speeds.