New Kia Picanto X-Line and Vauxhall Viva Rocks vs Suzuki Ignis

New X-Line and Rocks versions of the Kia Picanto and Vauxhall Viva join the Suzuki Ignis in offering SUV looks in city car form...

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What Car? team
29 June 2017

Our verdict

We already know the Picanto is a fine runabout, so it’s no surprise that this X-Line version still has plenty of X factor. Even its weak points are no worse than average, and they’re outweighed massively by its strengths, including a multi-talented engine, enjoyable handling, low running costs, excellent infotainment, generous kit and the reassurance of Kia’s class-leading seven-year warranty.

The Ignis has its faults, such as poor handling and a ride that can be quite unforgiving, but it balances these out with fortes such as a peppy engine, fantastic interior space and the kind of seating flexibility that you’d expect to get only in much bigger, pricier cars.

Finally, the Viva Rocks. It, too, has plus points, such as its compromise between handling and ride comfort and good refinement, but these aren’t outstanding in the class, and they fail to offset the high running costs, lack of AEB and poor standard infotainment.

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1st – Kia Picanto

New Kia Picanto X-Line and Vauxhall Viva Rocks vs Suzuki Ignis

For Peppy engine; enjoyable handling; really well equipped; excellent infotainment; standard safety kit

Against Ride is on the firm side; average leg room in the rear seats

Recommended options Metallic paint (£515)

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Suzuki Ignis

New Kia Picanto X-Line and Vauxhall Viva Rocks vs Suzuki Ignis

For Strong performance; excellent interior space; sliding and reclining rear seats; big boot; good fuel economy

Against Poor handling; crashy ride; iffy interior quality; wind noise

Recommended options Auto emergency braking (£750)

Rated 3 out of 5

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3rd – Vauxhall Viva

New Kia Picanto X-Line and Vauxhall Viva Rocks vs Suzuki Ignis

For Comfortable ride; composed handling; quietest at speed

Against Lacklustre pace; tightest in the rear; smallest boot; fiddly split-folding rear seats; AEB unavailable

Recommended options Touchscreen infotainment (£435)

Rated 2 out of 5

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Specifications: Kia Picanto 1.25 MPI X-Line

Engine size 4cyl, 1248cc, petrol

List price £12,600

Target Price £11,951

Power 83bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 90Ib ft @ 4000rpm

Gearbox 5-spd manual

0-60mph 10.7sec

Top speed 101mph

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions 106g/km

Specifications: Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet SZ-T

Engine size 4cyl, 1242cc, petrol

List price £12,999

Target Price £10,814

Power 89bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 88Ib ft @ 4400rpm

Gearbox 5-spd manual

0-60mph 10sec

Top speed 104mph

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions 104g/km

Specifications: Vauxhall Viva 1.0 73 Rocks

Engine size 3cyl, 999cc, petrol

List price £11,940

Target Price £11,830

Power 72bhp @ 6500rpm

Torque 70Ib ft @ 4500rpm

Gearbox 5-spd manual

0-60mph 13.4sec

Top speed 99mph

Gov't fuel economy 54.3mpg

CO2 emissions 118g/km


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