Kia Picanto (2017) Review

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Kia Picanto (2017) At A Glance

5/5

+Surprisingly spacious cabin. Very good fun to drive. Affordable pricing.

-Seats don't fold flat. Boot is small. Tyre repair kit instead of a spare wheel.

New prices start from £11,950, brokers can source from £10,490
Insurance Groups are between 1–5
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure

The Kia Picanto is affordably-priced, well-equipped, surprisingly practical and great fun to drive, making it a better buy than its rivals from Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota and a strong alternative to the Volkswagen Up and its counterparts from SEAT and Skoda.

It’s not exactly a quick car, but whether equipped with the 1.0-litre or 1.25-litre petrol options, the Picanto is great fun. The base engines are not turbocharged, but they are revvy while the slick gearchange and light, nimble handling make it easy to drive in town and give it loads of personality on a B-road, where it provides surprising grip. 

It will cruise at motorway speeds too, though if you want to pass any slow-coaches you’ll need to plan ahead. Wind and road noise are noticeable too, but no more so than in rival small cars while official economy is more than 60mpg for most models, so fuel bills shouldn’t be too steep.

Inside, the material quality is strong and sturdy if not especially plush – but it’s easy to get comfortable and there’s a surprising level of space. The back row will seat adults in a decent level of comfort, with reasonable leg and headroom – though this is at the expense of boot space.

The load area is only really suitable for a small shopping trip. It’s not particularly generous at 255 litres – but it also has a high load lip so getting anything other than a shopping bag in and out is a bit of a fiddle. Folding the rear seats down frees up plenty of space, but they don’t form a flat load deck.

If you want a small, fun, affordable car the Picanto is probably the next best thing after a Volkswagen Up. But, if that having that German badge on the front of your car doesn’t bother you, then you’ll find the Picanto is fun to drive, affordably priced, cheap to run and does everything you’d hope a small car should do.

Kia Picanto 2017 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Kia Picanto (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

76%

Real MPG

27–56 mpg

MPGs submitted

118

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Small automatic car for a young driver - what should I buy?
"What are the best small, 1-litre second hand automatic cars for a young driver, please?"
We'd recommend a Kia Picanto. The latest model arrived in 2017 and represents excellent value for money on the used market, with a reliable automatic gearbox and efficient 1.0-litre petrol engine. It's easy to drive and should be very cheap to run. The Hyundai i10 is well worth a look, too.
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Which small automatic car should I buy?
"I am looking for a small, reliable car that is easy to get in and out of, easy to drive and park, with good visibility. I driver less than 1,000 miles per year and don't do any motorway driving. I would like to buy a three year old car to make use of the depreciation value. What is the best car for me? And when is the best time to buy a car? "
We'd recommend a Kia Picanto. It's a brilliant little car that represents excellent value for money and is available with a reliable automatic gearbox. A high-spec example from 2018 will cost you around £10,000 - £12,000 and it'll still have the remainder of its original seven-year warranty remaining. Also look at the very similar Hyundai i10 or maybe the slightly bigger Hyundai i20. In terms of 'when is the best time to buy a car'... the answer, unfortunately, is not now! Used car prices are inflated due to the shortage of new models caused by the ongoing microchip shortage. It's not going to end any time soon but, if you can wait until next year, you might be able to get more for your money.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a used car for £4,500?
"I am looking to buy a used car for around £4,500. I am currently looking at a Hyundai i10 (2014 model) as this is the car that my parents' drive and that I currently drive. I'm looking for something cheap to run (tax, insurance, fuel etc.), reliable and will last a long time. Not sure how to tell if a second hand car dealership is trustworthy or not. Any advice?"
A Hyundai i10 sounds perfect. Not only will you be used to how it drives, but it's also a very reliable little car that'll be cheap to run. We'd also recommend the (very similar) Kia Picanto, while it might also be worth considering slightly bigger cars like the Ford Fiesta. In terms of finding a trustworthy second-hand dealership, it's a bit like anything these days – look at reviews and go with your gut instinct! Most reputable dealerships will have reviews on Google and Auto Trader, so check them out, and speak to people you know about local dealerships. If the sales people are too pushy or something doesn't feel right, walk away. It's worth looking for things like AA or RAC dealer accreditation, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which small car do you recommend?
"My daughter has a Hyundai i10 but will shortly be looking for a new car. She wants something similar in size to the i10 or not much bigger, at least as high up as the i10, but the most important factors are a heated steering wheel and seat! As well as the i10 premium what should she be considering ? She does not seem interested in hybrids or all electric"
The latest Hyundai i10 is a good choice, as is the very similar Kia Picanto (available with heated seats and steering wheel in X-Line S or GT-Line S trim). Alternatively, we'd recommend slightly bigger hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and new Toyota Yaris.
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What does a Kia Picanto (2017) cost?

Buy new from £10,490 (list price from £11,300)