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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Kia Picanto Hatchback review.

3.5 out of 5 3.5
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Kia Picanto (2004 - 2011) Review Video
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At a glance

New price £5,895 - £9,510
Used price £335 - £3,005
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £30 - £160
Insurance group 8 - 11 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Cracking value, economical engines, five-doors as standard, cheap to run, reliable

CONS

Not as clever with space as other small cars, mediocre saf ety rating

Kia Picanto rivals

Citroën
C1
4 out of 5 4.0
Suzuki
Alto
3 out of 5 3.0

Written by David Ross on

The Picanto is a great small car that's big on value and interior space. Like all Kia's it is well put together and generously equipped, while light steering and a tiny turning circle make it ideal for nipping in and out of small spaces. Kia injected new life into the model with a facelift in 2008, giving it new lights and bumpers. As before, it is still available exclusively as a five-door, making it ideal if you have young children.

It's been a surprise hit as a new car, which means that there's now a wide range of models available at budget prices. One of the few black marks against its name is a less than impressive three star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. However, all cars sold from the beginning of January 2010 come with a seven-year warranty, making it a great buy.

Kia Picanto rivals

Citroën
C1
4 out of 5 4.0
Suzuki
Alto
3 out of 5 3.0