Kia Picanto Review 2024
Kia Picanto At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 4–5
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure
True city cars are becoming something of a rarity as manufacturers move away from small models with small profit margins. Thankfully, the Kia Picanto is still here, offering a great option for drivers who want a compact car. It’s more affordable than the Toyota Aygo X or its stablemate the Hyundai i10 too. Read on for our full Kia Picanto review.
Cabin space is the area where the Kia Picanto really impresses. The front is more than capable of accommodating tall drivers and passengers, while the rear is roomy for more than just kids.
Boot capacity is limited, but the Kia Picanto still manages to be more spacious than key rivals such as the Toyota Aygo X, Hyundai i10 and Fiat 500.
As a compact city car, the Kia Picanto has a simple engine line-up focused on efficiency. Only one engine is now available, which is a 66PS 1.0-litre, three-cylinder motor with a choice of five-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.
Although this 1.0 DPi engine may not be quick, it delivers an official combined fuel economy figure of almost 59mpg.
Adding to the Kia Picanto’s overall level of enjoyment is its agile handling. The steering is light and precise, making it easy to thread through city streets. The pay-off is a firmer ride quality than other city cars, but it will be comfortable enough for most drivers.
Kia has given its city car a wide range of trim levels, ranging from the basic 1 specification to more comfortable 2 and 3 models.
The Kia Picanto X-Line S is an SUV in miniature, with rugged plastic bodystyling and a 15mm taller ride height. Mechanically, there are no changes, but it does bring an extra degree of visual interest to the city car. The Kia Picanto X-Line S is the only model in the range that seats five people.
Choosing GT-Line spec brings sportier styling to the Kia Picanto.
Standard equipment levels throughout the Kia Picanto range are good, with even the basic 1 model benefiting from daytime running lights, steering wheel-mounted controls and Bluetooth audio streaming. This helps keep the starting price cheaper than its rivals, although higher trim levels will be easier to live with.
Even if the market for city cars may be shrinking, the Kia Picanto remains a great example of why they can be so effective. Fun to drive, spacious, ideal as a new driver’s car, and still backed by a seven-year warranty, the Kia Picanto is a top choice.
Fancy a second opinion? Read heycar’s Kia Picanto review.