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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

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

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 50 - 68 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.

Kia Picanto running costs are pretty decent across the board. Most fuel efficient are the 1.0-litre versions, which all manage 67mpg. They also emit less than 100g/km of CO2, which makes for very low road tax charges.

Larger 1.25-litre versions are still reasonably frugal, averaging between 50 and 65mpg depending on exact specification. EcoDynamics spec 1.25-litre cars have mpg and CO2 figures very nearly as good as the 1.0-litre engines.

Also available for Picanto car buyers is an optional three or five year service package which is competitively priced and set at a fixed cost for the full three or five years covering either the first three services – either 36 months or 30,000 miles or the first five services – either 60 months or 50,000 miles.

Predictably, the smallest engine in the range emits the least CO2. Official Kia Picanto emissions figures for 1.0-litre versions are an excellent 99g/km.

The more powerful 1.25-litre engine only emits 1g/km more if you go for a fuel-efficient EcoDynamics version.

Most polluting are automatic 1.25-litre cars, which emit between 125 and 130g/km.

Kia Picanto reliability is pretty solid. Kia strengthened the Picanto’s hand in 2010 by awarding cars built from that year a seven-year warranty. This second generation will have the seven-year warranty from the off which suggests Kia Picanto reliablity will be strong and that Kia has great faith in the smallest model in its range.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £125
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Insurance group 2 - 12
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