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Kia Picanto verdict

2017 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Tom Wiltshire Published: 26 October 2022 Updated: 5 May 2023

Should you buy one?

City cars may have fallen out of favour with buyers in favour of superminis and small SUVs, but the Kia Picanto proves there’s still life in the sector yet. If you can accept the limitations that a car this small imposes – compact engines, space for four only for short periods and a boot that will deal with the weekly shop but perhaps not the yearly tip run – then the Picanto is an excellent example of the breed.

It’s fun to drive even in its lowliest form, but the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine turns it into really rather a good junior hot hatchback, perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy fun on a budget without perusing the used market.

Thanks to its long warranty and good reliability record the Picanto even makes a good used buy. So if you’re looking for a city car, the Picanto is just about the best non-electric one on sale today.

What we like

The Picanto drives as well as many much larger cars, and its interior is equal parts spacious and well-built.

What we don’t like

Better economy is available from larger cars, and the Picanto lacks some of the design cuteness that’s helped cars like the Fiat 500 sell so well.

Kia Picanto - rear three quarter
Kia Picanto - rear three quarter