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Used test: Kia Picanto vs Renault Twingo

The Kia Picanto and Renault Twingo are both tiny tots that offer economical city motoring, but which one makes the most sense used? Read on to find out

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Our Verdict

There’s a lot to like about the Picanto. It’s smart, stylish and economical, and even comes, at this age, with the residue of that long seven-year warranty. It feels a lot more mature than some of its contemporaries, and its build quality and reliability record are top notch. If you were to buy one of these you would be getting a practical urban runabout that should give you long and faithful service.

However, despite the fact that in our original test when these cars were new we gave the garlands to the Picanto, mostly on account of it being cheaper to buy and to run, we can’t ignore the fact that it’s possible to buy a similar age and condition Twingo now for much less. Indeed we prefer the Twingo to drive, as it’s marginally quicker than the Picanto and a lot more nimble in the bends. It’s larger inside, too, and much more practical.

For those reasons we’d pick the Twingo, but only just. However, if you happened to think that the Picanto was the car for you, and worth the extra initial outlay, we wouldn’t blame you if you took that instead.

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1st – Renault Twingo

For Cheaper to buy; easier performance; better practicality

Against Less well equipped than the Picanto; less economical

Verdict Smart looking, good to drive and now excellent value for money

Rated 3 out of 5

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2nd – Kia Picanto

For Economy; better equipment list and potentially the residue of its warranty

Against Engine needs to be worked hard; rear head room; smaller boot

Verdict The Picanto is not very good to drive, but its low running costs are a bonus

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Kia Picanto 1.0 1 Air

Engine size 1.0-litre petrol

List price when new Β£8395

Price today Β£4895*

Power 68bhp

Torque 70lb ft

0-60mph 13.1sec

Top speed 99mph

Fuel economy 67.3mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 99g/km


Specifications: Renault Twingo 1.2 75 Expression

Engine size 1.2-litre petrol

List price when new Β£8995

Price today Β£3795*

Power 75bhp

Torque 79lb ft

0-60mph 12.0sec

Top speed 105mph

Fuel economy 55.4mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 119g/km


Price today is based on a 2012 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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