Used test: Kia Picanto vs Volkswagen Up
The Kia Picanto and Volkswagen Up are two sizzling little city cars, but which one makes the most sense bought used? We've got the answer...
The Volkswagen Up was once the undisputed champion of the city car class - we even voted it our overall What Car? Car of the Year in 2012. Time moves on, though, and the Up, while still a fine choice, is no longer automatically the best of its breed.
Of the rivals that have come along since its launch, the Picanto is definitely one of the most convincing. It’s roomier inside and sharper to drive, and of the two cars tested here its infotainment system is far superior. It comes with more luxuries too, and perhaps most importantly it gets automatic emergency braking as standard, which originally cost extra on the Up.
Buy a Picanto at a couple of years old and you’ll get the residue of that fine seven-year new car warranty; indeed if you buy one at less than 20 months old from a Kia dealer they’ll top that warranty right back up to the full seven years. So the Picanto might cost more to buy here, but it’s where our money would go.
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1st – Kia Picanto
For Tidy handling; lots of standard kit; better infotainment; roomier interior
Against Engine needs working harder; slightly firmer ride
Our rating 5 out of 5 stars
2nd – Volkswagen Up
For Punchy turbo engine; smart interior; impressive fuel economy
Against More cramped inside; shortage of standard luxuries; AEB cost extra
Our rating 4 out of 5 stars
Specifications: Kia Picanto
- Engine size 1.2-litre petrol
- Power 83bhp
- Torque 90lb ft
- 0-60mph 10.9sec
- Top speed 108mph
- Fuel economy 61.4mpg (Official average)
- CO2 emissions 106g/km
Specifications: Volkswagen Up
- Engine size 0.9-litre petrol
- Power 89bhp
- Torque 118lb ft
- 0-60mph 9.6sec
- Top speed 110mph
- Fuel economy 60.1mpg (Official average)
- CO2 emissions 108g/km
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