Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the city car. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Picanto range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.

The Kia Picanto is the first rung up the Kia ladder – a no-frills city car for those strapped for cash. For more information on the Kia Picanto, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test
Like the Hyundai i10, the Picanto is one cracking small car. It’s roomy, fun to drive and well built making it ideal first-car fodder in our book. Kia has gradually increased the spec of its city car, so you can get niceties such as Bluetooth phone connectivity and LED ambient lighting now, depending on how far up the Pic range you reach. But if you pick the three-cylinder 1.0 you’ll be exposed to more vibrations than you would in other triples. The flipside is emissions under 100g/km (meaning tax perks in the UK) and you’ll still enjoy a snappy gearchange and refreshingly fun handling. It’s even quite roomy for transporting passengers in both rows. Fancy that in a city…

The one we’d buy
The cheapest 1.0

The one we’d avoid like the plague

No horrors here

Rivals to consider
Fiat 500, Mini, Seat Mii, Skoda Citigo, Toyota iQ, VW Up

Fun, good to drive, sensible. The perfect first car 

Array of used bargains for the same price, noisy triple engine

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