Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

The Parkers Verdict

City cars have fallen out of favour with buyers but cars like the Kia Picanto are a great reminder that these dinky machines can be every bit as enjoyable as their larger supermini counterparts.

The Picanto is good-looking, well-made, and offers plenty of equipment. There's space for a small family, an excellent reputation for dependability and a seven-year warranty to back it up - it's hard not to recommend on rational grounds like that.

It still faces strong competition, though - from the ever-appealing Volkswagen Up and the recently renewed Hyundai i10 in particular. In its top forms, the Picanto can also start to look poor value next to cars from a size class above, such as the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio.

Our long-term review tester concluded: 'I would recommended checking out some of that supermini competition before you make a decision. That's unless small city car dimensions are a must. When Kia came to take the Picanto away and I watched it drive down the road for the last time I couldn't help feeling a little sadness.

'The Picanto is not an out and out performance car but it is a characterful and a very likable car. I really enjoyed driving it in most situations and I think it gets under your skin more than you think it will.'

Further reading:

>> Parkers best small cars

>> Hyundai i10 review

>> Volkswagen Up review