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?...

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John Howell
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%