Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

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

Petrol engines 9.0 - 11.8 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 42.2 - 55.4 mpg
  • Dinky engines and light weight
  • Fuel economy should be strong
  • CO2 emissions don’t quite match class best

Given the Picanto's size, its high standard fuel economy should come as no surprise. Though the engines are simple, petrol-only, and with a turbocharger only on the top-spec GT-Line S model, the car's light weight and simple construction means they remain unstressed and can return good numbers. All models - except the 1.2 automatic - come with stop-start tech, too.

The most efficient of the lot is the basic 1.0-litre - it will return up to 55.4mpg on the combined WLTP cycle, and emits from just 116g/km of CO2. Pair it with the optional four-speed automatic, and economy remains static but emissions increase to 121g/km.

If you use your Picanto regularly on faster roads, though, the need to work the basic engine hard to get anywhere will mean those fuel economy numbers tumble. For that reason, we'd rather opt for the 84hp 1.2-litre. It will return up to 50.4mpg with a manual gearbox and emits 128g/km. 

Opt for the automatic, however, and these figures tumble to 43.5mpg and 148g/km.

The 99hp 1.0 T-GDI - a three-cylinder with a turbocharger - claims to return up to 50.4mpg and emits 128g/km of CO2.

However, our six month long-term test of the 1.0-litre T-GDI found fuel economy a little disappointing: 'You can expect a car with a performance credentials not to deliver the best fuel figures but I must admit I was still disappointed with the fuel economy of the GT-Line S. There were times when I was disciplined enough to achieve a reasonably frugal driving style but was still unable to record anything higher than 35mpg.'

Reliability

  • Tried-and-tested engines
  • Good reliability record
  • Reassuring seven-year warranty

There should be few worries when it comes to reliability. The Picanto is powered by engines used in the old Picanto and other models in Kia’s range of cars, so any big issues should have been ironed out a long time ago.

If anything does go wrong, the car benefits from Kia’s comprehensive seven-year warranty which covers you for 100,000 miles of driving, but hopefully you won’t have to make use of this.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150
Insurance group 3 - 10
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