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Used Kia Picanto Hatchback 2017-present review

Used Kia Picanto Hatchback (17-present)
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Which used Kia Picanto hatchback should I buy?

Unless running costs really must be as threadbare as possible, we’d go for a Picanto with the 1.25-litre engine. You’ll be glad of the extra grunt each time you venture out of the town centre and, in the real world, it won’t be that much more costly to run because you won’t have to wring its neck all the time.

The Picanto's entry-level 1 trim is painfully spartan, so we reckon an upgrade to 2 trim is essential. Fortunately, there are plenty of these around and you get a decent slug of equipment – alloy wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and a leather steering wheel all come as standard, although you'd still have to live with that rather basic infotainment system. If you can stretch to a 3, therefore, it’s worth doing for the slick colour screen with sat-nav; you also get climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

GT-Line, meanwhile, adds sportier looks to the 2 model, while top-of-the-range GT-Line S has luxuries you’d usually only find on a much pricier car, such as heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Or if you’re feeling particularly rakish, you can opt for the SUV-inspired X-Line, with its taller ride height and butch bumpers; we wouldn’t, though, since you pay a whole lot extra over the 3 version on which it’s based.

Our favourite Kia Picanto 1.25 3

 

Used Kia Picanto Hatchback (17-present)

Which used Kia Picanto hatchback should I buy?

Unless running costs really must be as threadbare as possible, we’d go for a Picanto with the 1.25-litre engine. You’ll be glad of the extra grunt each time you venture out of the town centre and, in the real world, it won’t be that much more costly to run because you won’t have to wring its neck all the time.

The Picanto's entry-level 1 trim is painfully spartan, so we reckon an upgrade to 2 trim is essential. Fortunately, there are plenty of these around and you get a decent slug of equipment – alloy wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and a leather steering wheel all come as standard, although you'd still have to live with that rather basic infotainment system. If you can stretch to a 3, therefore, it’s worth doing for the slick colour screen with sat-nav; you also get climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

GT-Line, meanwhile, adds sportier looks to the 2 model, while top-of-the-range GT-Line S has luxuries you’d usually only find on a much pricier car, such as heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Or if you’re feeling particularly rakish, you can opt for the SUV-inspired X-Line, with its taller ride height and butch bumpers; we wouldn’t, though, since you pay a whole lot extra over the 3 version on which it’s based.

Our favourite Kia Picanto 1.25 3

 

Used Kia Picanto Hatchback (17-present)
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