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Review: Kia Picanto

April 16, 2015

When it comes to city cars, it’s a competitive market and the Kia Picanto is keen to make its case. Although it’s a comfortable and stylish motor, this nifty number will have to work hard to prove its worth among contenders of this calibre. In today’s Kia Picanto review, we’ll find out how this Korean car fares against some of its more well-known rivals. Let’s go, shall we?

Kia Picanto

Original image by Abdullah AlBargan

Design

The Koreans’ second generation new Kia Picanto comes with an impressive style overhaul. The city car has seen changes inside and outside of the cabin and, despite its small size, it’s surprisingly practical. In the front of the vehicle, there’s plenty of leg and headroom for both driver and passenger, and large door bins and a decent sized glovebox provide ideal storage areas. Moving into the rear of the vehicle, the 5 door model makes getting in and out of the car a piece of cake. The rear seats split 40/60 and fold completely flat, increasing the boot space available.

As well as being comfortable to drive, the Kia Picanto provides all round clear visibility – meaning journeys over any distance should be manageable. The versatility of the Kia Picanto means it’s a car that’ll turn heads wherever it goes, while the spacious interior is suitable for drivers of all ages.

Performance & Handling

The Kia Picanto comes with a choice of two petrol engines: a three-cylinder 1.0 litre unit and a four-cylinder 1.25 litre. While the 1.0 litre is ideal for touring through town, the 1.25 litre is more suitable for motorway driving – delivering a smoother ride overall. The small size of the Picanto means it easily nips around roundabouts and its comfortable suspension means the Picanto can smoothly glide over uneven road surfaces. When it comes to handling, the Picanto’s light steering makes it the ideal companion on city roads, allowing you to tackle traffic with ease. With the 1.0 litre returning 67.3mpg and emitting less than 99g/km of CO2, this makes the Picanto exempt from road tax as well as being cheap to buy and run.

Features

When it comes to the interior of the Picanto, this Kia is what we’d expect from any city car – basic but it certainly does the job. The height-adjustable steering wheel means you shouldn’t have much of an issue finding a comfortable driving position, although it doesn’t adjust for reach. The entry-level comes with electric windows but little else – and you’ll have to shell out for the top of the range model if you want Bluetooth, LED lights, 15 inch alloys and air-con.

Kia Picanto Finance

With an entry-level price tag of just £8,145, the Kia Picanto is amongst the cheapest city cars on the market. Combine its low-cost with the Picanto’s aesthetic appeal and roomy interior and you’re on to a winner!

If the Picanto floats your boat but you don’t have the funds to secure the deal, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. Along with a team of responsible lenders, we’re committed to bringing you a flexible range of Kia Picanto finance options, with repayments that suit your budget. Still not sold? Check out our online car finance calculator for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.