Kia Picanto (2011 – 2017) Review

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Kia Picanto (2011 – 2017) At A Glance

4/5

+Excellent small car for the money. High quality and neatly designed interior. Great to drive and cheap to run.

-Noisy on the motorway. Three-door 'Halo' automatic is pricey.

Insurance Groups are between 2–12
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

The Picanto may be Kia's smallest car but it's probably its most important model. The compact five-door hatchback has been the brand's best selling car for the last seven years and is one of the best small motors around offering great value for money. The second generation Picanto grows up with a sleeker style, more space and a higher quality interior.

It's a big step forward from the original Picanto and feels as good as many larger hatchbacks, particularly from behind the wheel where it's more comfortable and refined than before. It's a great looking car too with a sharp front end and a sporty profile, yet there's been no sacrifice in terms of interior space with particularly impressive headroom for rear seat passengers.

It's fun to drive with good handling in corners, a forgiving ride and responsive steering, yet still a doddle to park and slot into tiny spaces. There are just two petrol engines in the line-up - a 1.0-litre with 68bhp and a 1.25 with 84bhp - and both are very economical yet still deliver decent performance with a perky nature. The 1.0-litre is the one to go for if you're watching the pennies - it's free to tax thanks to a CO2 output of 99g/km plus it is capable of a claimed 67.3mpg.

As is standard across all the Kia range, the Picanto comes with the unique seven-year warranty as standard - something which no other brand can match. Combined with a starting price of around £8000 this makes the new Picanto amazingly good value for money, but there's more to the Picanto than merely a low list price.

It's simply one of the best small cars around - regardless of the price tag. Alongside the five-door model, a sportier three-door version was introduced in September 2011.

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Real MPG average for a Kia Picanto (2011 – 2017)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

75%

Real MPG

30–64 mpg

MPGs submitted

557

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Is the Toyota Aygo with the auto gearbox any good?
"I'm looking for a first car - which needs to be economical, compact, reliable and automatic. I've found a 2007 Toyota Aygo 1.0-litre with 46,000 miles for £3000. What is your experience of this model, please? Is this a good price? Many thanks."
Aygos are great first cars but, unfortunately, their automatic gearboxes are woeful. It uses a robotised manual gearbox which is jerky and can go expensively wrong. You'd be better looking for a Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto.
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What automatic car should I replace my old Kia Picanto with?
"I'm looking to replace my 2005 Kia Picanto (automatic) with something similar, but more up to date. My budget is up to £8000 and a torque converter would be preferred. I'm only doing 4000 miles a year. Any recommendations?"
It might seem like the obvious choice but another Kia Picanto would be a really good option. There aren't many small cars available with good torque-converter autos, but the Picanto is one of them. Your budget will get you a good 2015 or 2016 example. Also consider the very similar Hyundai i10 or, if you'd prefer something a little bigger, a Hyundai i20 or Vauxhall Corsa.
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What car would you recommend for a young lady who has recently passed her test?
"What would you recommend for a young lady who has recently passed her test and has a budget of £7000 to £8000? Reliability is important."
I'd recommend a Kia Picanto. It should be very reliable and your budget will get one with plenty of its original seven-year warranty remaining. It will be very cheap to run, too. Also, consider the very similar Hyundai i10 or, if she'd prefer something a little bigger, a Suzuki Swift.
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Can you recommend three best buys for a 17-year-old boy to purchase with a £5k budget?
"Can you recommend three best buys for a 17-year-old boy to purchase with a £5k budget?"
A Suzuki Swift, Kia Picanto or Ford Fiesta 1.25 (not the EcoBoost) would all be sensible options.
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