Thanks to upgraded engines and higher standard equipment levels provided in the mid-life facelift, Kia has improved the current Picanto even more since then. However, it still faces stiff competition from the VW up! And Hyundai i10, which go head-to-head in terms of affordability. Although the turbo petrol model is better in this sense, the ordinary petrol engines must be worked hard. The Picanto has all of the necessary characteristics for a great city car, making it an appealing, likeable, and easy-to-drive option that should be on the shortlist of every city car buyer.
What is it?
The Kia Picanto is the smallest car available from Kia dealers in the United Kingdom. Thanks to remarkable interior dimensions for its size, a competitive price list, and inexpensive insurance and every day running costs, it’s a solid challenger in the city car class.
- The 8-inch touchscreen screen on the 3-spec model is larger and more colourful than the VW Up’s. The Kia’s menus are simple to navigate, and the system is responsive. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available, letting you to use your smartphone’s apps on the Kia’s huge screen.
- The Picanto is built to glide through city streets, and it does it beautifully, slipping through traffic gaps that larger cars can’t and skimming past width restrictions as if they didn’t exist.
- Basic ‘1’ versions don’t even have a height-adjustable driver’s seat – but all subsequent models do – and all Picantos have steering that adjusts for height but not reach.
- The Kia Picanto’s compact, slender form makes it easy to drive around town, and the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine is quick, but things quickly unravel once you’re on the highway.
- You may get your Picanto with one of two little petrol engines, both of which are inexpensive to fuel and great for getting around town.
- The Kia Picanto is a great all-around car, and its popularity has only grown with recent improvements.
iIf you live and drive in the city, the Picanto is a good option. That’s largely due to its diminutive size, which allows you to squeeze through traffic gaps that other cars can’t and into parking places that would make even average-sized automobiles (such as the VW Golf) weep.
The cabin, which suffers from too much road and wind noise to be comfortable, is the final nail in the coffin of the Picanto’s long-distance cruising ambitions.
“The Picanto is a fun and fascinating city car with something for everyone in the lineup.”
Performance and economy
You may get your Picanto with one of two little petrol engines, both of which are inexpensive to fuel and great for getting around town. The 67hp non-turbo 1.0-litre variant gets 55.4mpg on average, but it takes 14 seconds to accelerate from 0-60mph. The three-cylinder engine is very noisy, and vibrations may be felt in the interior and on the pedals. It’s best avoided unless you’re wanting to save every dime possible. Even in town, it feels quite staid, so it’s better avoided.
It’s not as simple as it should be to find a comfortable driving posture in the front of the Picanto. All Picantos have steering that adjusts for height but not reach, and basic ‘1’ versions don’t even have a height-adjustable driver’s seat – but all later models do — and the steering in all Picantos adjusts for height but not reach. As it is, if someone in the front of the Picanto is six feet tall, someone in the back will have to splay their knees around the seat in front of them to fit.
Despite this, because the Kia Picanto has five doors as standard, access to the back seat is fairly easy. When it comes to installing a kid seat, they’re invaluable. Getting the base into the back is simple, but connecting it to the Isofix connections necessitates frantic stabbing as you search for anchor points hidden deep below the seat upholstery.