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Kia Picanto Hatchback review

2004 - 2011 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

At a glance

Price new £5,795 - £9,400
Used prices £384 - £3,692
Road tax cost £35 - £210
Insurance group 8 - 11
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 362 - 447 miles
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons


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


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

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.