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Kia Picanto Hatchback running costs and reliability

2004 - 2011 (change model)
Running costs rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

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

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 47 - 58 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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Low list prices and high desirability due to affordable insurance and excellent equipment levels mean that the Picanto has been a star when it comes to depreciation. In fact, our figures show that its one of the best small cars around for keeping its value. Its small engines are quite economical plus servicing and insurance are low, but parts costs can be a little expensive.

The seven-year warranty, introduced in January 2010, is another reason why it’s such good value.

The Picanto is eco-friendly and easy on the environment – although newer rivals are greener. With an average of 126g/km CO2 across the model line-up, its emissions are acceptable for a small city car. It’s worth noting that the line-up does not feature any diesel models, which typically produce less carbon dioxide than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

Eco-conscious buyers should consider the 1.0-litre petrol, which is the greenest model in the range.

We haven’t heard of any major problems from owners since the Picanto’s launch. The cabin is durable and well put together, plus it has a pleasant mix of good quality materials. The mechanicals have proven strong, so the Picanto shouldn’t let you down. Kia upped the standard warranty in 2010 from three years to seven years, proving what faith it has in the quality of its cars.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £35 - £200
Insurance group 8 - 11
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