Used test: Kia Picanto vs Volkswagen Up: costs

Bought used, you can put either the Kia Picanto or the Volkswagen Up on your driveway for just £7000, but which one should you choose? We've got the answer...

New Kia Picanto vs Volkswagen Up

What will they cost?

New, the Picanto would have set you back about £700 more than the Up, but bought as here at nearly four years old both cars will cost you roughly the same at £7000, especially so if you weren't so fussy about having your Up in upmarket Beats trim. 

New Kia Picanto vs Volkswagen Up

 In fact, the Picanto costs a fraction more to service, according to our three-year running costs, and the Up costs a fraction more to insure. According to our True MPG figures for these two, in the real world, the Picanto averaged 47.9mpg compared with the Up's 53.7mpg.

In our most recent What Car? reliability survey the Up finished in third place in the city and small car class. Its cousin the Skoda Citigo finished first. The Up is closely related to the Citigo – and so it proved almost as dependable, with just 3% of cars suffering a fault. The only area that proved troublesome was engine electrics. Although all affected cars were off the road for more than a week, all were fixed for free under warranty.

The Picanto actually finished near the bottom, which was a bit of a surprise. Although 31% of Picantos went wrong, the most common problems were minor, relating to the battery and non-engine electrical systems. A third of the affected cars took more than a week to put right, but two-thirds of work was done under warranty.

However, the Picanto is more lavishly equipped, adding cruise control, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, rear electric windows and climate control over the Up’s kit list. The Picanto has the edge for safety, too, with automatic emergency braking (AEB) coming as standard, whereas this was part of an option pack on the Up when it was new, and not all first owners took it up. 

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