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Kia Picanto Tested June 2015

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4 stars

Quick Summary

Recommended. Kia’s Picanto is a great value small car.

Road Test

If you’re looking for a cheap city run-around that doesn’t feel like one, the Kia Picanto is a great bet.

Kia has made great strides in recent years as far as design, quality and added value goes and the latest Picanto is no different.

It looks funky, comes with lively yet efficient engines and has plenty of kit thrown in.

The range starts from a bargain £8,095 and that gets you a good base car with body-coloured bumpers, door handles and mirrors – which might not sound like a lot but it is crucial to making sure that the car doesn’t look cheap – along with electric front windows, MP3 capability and hill-start assist.

So all of the basics are covered for very little outlay.

And if you do want more, it doesn’t come at huge cost.

Add another £1,500 for smart alloys, Bluetooth, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, upgraded upholstery and air conditioning.

A further £1,500 (it’s all very simple, isn’t it?) sees the alloys get bigger, better headlights, an improved stereo and heated front seats.

For another £500, there’s an electric sunroof, heated steering wheel, automatic headlights, cruise control and a speed limiter.

The SR7 model is really value packed – for an appealing £9,145 gets you alloys, reversing sensors, auto lights, some leather trim, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.

There’s a Picanto for everyone and they’re all great value.

The whole range benefits from free or cheap road tax and combined mpg on all models is in the mid-60s.

There are 1.0-litre or 1.2-litre engines, both of which are capable. We’d recommend the bigger output if you do longer trips out of town.

As you’d hope, it’s a keen, fun drive, as city cars should be.

Interior quality is good across the range, but rear legroom is tight if you’re sat behind a six-footer.

This is another winner for Kia, with plenty on offer for many people, whether you’re looking for a good quality second car or you want to spend a bit more and make it your only car.

And don’t forget you’ll also get Kia’s seven-year warranty.

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