It also means that it loses out a little when it comes to boot space, though, so before you buy it’s worth checking items you’ll be carrying regularly will fit.
This Picanto was sold between 2011 and 2017, so there should be a good selection of used examples to choose from.
It was only offered with petrol engines: a frugal but slow 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a pacier 1.2-litre.
The Picanto isn't the last word in refinement or pace, but it has one big advantage over rivals – it’s backed by Kia’s industry leading seven-year/100,000-mile warranty.
What budget do I need?
You can pick up a previous-generation Kia Picanto for as little as £3000 – that’ll get you a 2011 1.0-litre with around 60,000 miles under its tyres.
Stretch to £1000 more and you should get a 1.2-litre example. However, if you want a low-mileage car with lots of warranty cover left, expect to pay closer to £6000.
If you can add another £1000 to your outlay, you should be able to get a post-facelift 2015 example with few miles.
What version should I go for?
We prefer the more powerful 1.2-litre engine because it’s reasonably fast and returns good fuel economy, especially if you can find an Ecodynamics model, which has engine stop-start as standard.
As for trim levels, we’d avoid the most basic 1 trim because it doesn’t come with air conditioning. Go for 2 trim and you’ll get Bluetooth, alloy wheels and electric rear windows, while upping to 3 trim adds climate control and automatic headlights.
Any problems to be aware of?
Although the Picanto’s engines have proved reliable, some owners of the i10 have reported issues with their cars’ clutches, and these are identical to those in the Picanto. Therefore make sure you check potential purchases for clutch judder.
Kia's extra-long warrant offers great peace of mind, but it’s only valid if the car’s been serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines, so check service history carefully, and aim to buy a car that has stayed within the Kia servicing network.
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