2018 Kia Picanto 1.0 T-GDi verdict

You know we love the Kia Picanto already, because it’s our 2018 City Car of the Year. So, does more power make it perfect?...

17 October 2018
2018 Kia Picanto 1.0 T-GDi rear

2018 Kia Picanto 1.0 T-GDi verdict

So far, you’ve read a glowing review of a car we’ve championed many times, now fitted with an even better engine, but there’s a ‘but’. The price premium over the perfectly decent 1.25 engine for this new 1.0-litre motor is a palatable £500. That’s fine, but you can only get it with top-level trims, so the jump in price over, say, our favourite ‘3’ trim is as much as £1750.

That’s a lot, and because it’s neither substantially cleaner – emitting 117g/km instead of the 1.25’s 120g/km – nor that much more fuel efficient, we find ourselves struggling to recommend it, at least as a package, over the 1.25.

So, come on Kia, do us all a favour and offer this engine in the cheaper trims and let us give it the unalloyed praise it deserves.

What Car? rating: 4 out of 5

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Kia Picanto 1.0 T-GDi GT-Line S

Price £14,720 Engine 3cyl, 998cc, turbo, petrol Power 99bhp @ 4500rpm Torque 171lb ft @ 1500-4000rpm Gearbox 5-spd manual 0-62mph 9.8sec Top speed 112mph Economy 55.4mpg (NEDC average) CO2, tax band 117g/km, 24%