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Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Kia’s smallest car has big style and kit

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PROS

  • Well-equipped, well-made interior
  • Plenty of trims to choose from
  • Easy to drive
  • Big boot for its size

CONS

  • Engines need working hard
  • Styling may be fussy for some
  • Slightly higher running costs than rivals
  • Hard ride on sporty models

PROS

  • Well-equipped, well-made interior
  • Plenty of trims to choose from
  • Easy to drive
  • Big boot for its size

CONS

  • Engines need working hard
  • Styling may be fussy for some
  • Slightly higher running costs than rivals
  • Hard ride on sporty models

Kia Picanto Hatchback rivals

Hyundai
i10
4 out of 5 4.0
Vauxhall
Viva
3.7 out of 5 3.7

Kia’s smallest model, the Picanto, aims to follow the Korean company’s promise of a great ownership prospect for customers with a combination of sporty styling, a generous equipment tally and practicality.

The new Picanto’s wheelbase has grown 15mm over the old model and the wheels are closer to the edges of the car, aiming to improve interior space and provide a more grown-up, refined driving experience.

With competition from the Hyundai i10, the Volkswagen Up/Skoda Citigo/SEAT Mii triumvirate, Vauxhall VivaRenault Twingo and Peugeot 108/Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo, the new Kia Picanto has a job on its hands if it wants to dominate the city car class. We tested it against these rivals in our Kia Picanto vs Skoda CItigo vs Citroen C1 group test.

Kia’s family look is present and correct

From the outside, the new Picanto is instantly recognisable as being part of the Kia family with its tiger-nose front grille, big headlamp units and gaping lower bumper.

At the rear it’s a simpler design that looks more akin to its predecessor than at the front, but it’s neat with LED lights and a practical, wide opening tailgate for access to the boot.

Kia Picanto interior

Kia claims it offers more load space than any of its rivals, but you can read more about that in the Practicality section of this review.

Choice of three petrol engines

From launch, the Kia Picanto engine range consists of two petrol engines – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 67hp and a more powerful 84hp 1.25-litre petrol that you’ll find under the bonnet of the outgoing car.

Joining the range later in 2017 is a turbocharged 100hp 1.0-litre T-GDI engine found in the larger Rio and Cee’d, and will likely be a popular choice for those covering higher miles on faster roads, especially in combination with higher-spec models.

Familiar, well-equipped trim levels

The Picanto will follow the usual Kia numerical trim level structure – 1,2,3 – with sporty-looking GT-Line and GT-Line S specifications also available. All cars come with a radio, electric front windows and six airbags as standard.

The premium GT-Line S trim includes goodies such sat-nav, heated seats and steering wheel, a sunroof, cruise control and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Read on to find out whether this Kia Picanto can beat the best in class rivals.

Kia Picanto Hatchback rivals

Hyundai
i10
4 out of 5 4.0
Vauxhall
Viva
3.7 out of 5 3.7