Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Kia Picanto hatchback?
We haven’t heard of any common problems or issues with the Picanto as yet, although since it’s still so new it should hardly come as a great surprise. Of course, as with any city car, it’d behove you to check your prospective purchase’s bodywork carefully for scuffs or scrapes, and to make sure the wheels haven’t been subjected to too much kerbing. Cheaper Picantos come with plastic hubcaps on steel wheels that are cheap and easy to replace if they’re damaged. Always remember, however, that significant damage to one of the wheels could be indicative of suspension that’s damaged too.
What are the most common problems with a used Kia Picanto hatchback?
Is a used Kia Picanto hatchback reliable?
This generation of Picanto doesn't seem to have the strong reliability record of its predecessor and languishes in 19th place out of 23 according to our value and small car category. Kia, meanwhile, finished in 6th place overall out of 31 manufacturers, so perhaps the Picanto will improve over time.
Also worth noting is that Kia offers a seven-year warranty on all its cars, the Picanto included – and while the cover tails off in the last few years, that’s more than you’ll find on any other rival. If you buy your Picanto through the Kia Used Approved scheme and the car is under 20 months and 20,000 miles old the warranty will be automatically topped up to seven years.
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