New Hyundai i10 vs Kia Picanto: verdict

Kia's smart and surprisingly sophisticated little Picanto is our reigning Value Car of the Year. Can the all-new Hyundai i10 dethrone it?...

2020 Hyundai i10 vs Kia Picanto rears


The Picanto didn’t become a multi-time What Car? Award winner by fluke and is still a compelling car. It’s a hoot to zip about in, thanks to a peppy engine and agreeable handling. Plus, it has a fine driving position and a well-equipped infotainment system that’s easy to use.

However, as father time ticks by, the mother of invention knuckles down to work, and the new i10 is the fruit of her labour. It matches the Picanto’s great infotainment and driving position and betters it for ride comfort, quietness and rear seat space. Yes, its engine isn’t as strong, but you’re paid back with added frugality. Talking of cost, if you’re buying on finance, the i10 is almost as affordable yet better equipped.

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1st – Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10 front tracking - 69 plate

For More comfortable ride; quieter on the motorway; well equipped; roomier in rear
Against A bit more zip would help; higher cash price and smaller discounts
Recommended options Metallic paint (£550)

Kia Picanto front tracking - 69 plate

For More fun to drive; sprightly performance; lots of infotainment kit
Against Noisier; firmer ride; tighter rear seats; fewer luxuries; feels cheaper inside
Recommended options Metallic paint (£535)

What Car? rating 4 stars

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Specifications: Hyundai i10 1.2 MPi 84 Premium

  • Engine - 4cyl, 1197cc, petrol
  • List price - £14,995
  • Target Price - £14,817
  • Power - 83bhp @ 6000rpm
  • Torque - 87Ib ft @ 4200rpm
  • Gearbox - 5-spd manual
  • 0-60mph - 12.8sec
  • Top speed - 106mph
  • Official fuel economy - 51.4mpg (WLTP)
  • Test MPG - 42.9mpg
  • CO2 emissions - 109g/km (NEDC)

Specifications: Kia Picanto 1.25 83 3

  • Engine - 4cyl, 1248cc, petrol
  • List price - £13,500
  • Target Price - £12,834
  • Power - 83bhp @ 6000rpm
  • Torque - 90Ib ft @ 4000rpm
  • Gearbox - 5-spd manual
  • 0-60mph - 11.2sec
  • Top speed - 107mph
  • Official fuel economy - 49.6mpg (WLTP)
  • Test MPG - 39.8mpg
  • CO2 emissions - 119g/km (NEDC)

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