Kia Small / City car reviews

If a city car is top of your shopping list, then browse through our reviews to find out which small car would suit your lifestyle. 

Nippy, compact, great for city driving, small cars are good first cars as well as handy for driving around town. With fun engines and quirky looks, city cars can hold their own for longer journeys too these days. 

We have a wide range of small cars for sale listed on the site, plus expert advice about small 4x4 cars, small cars with big boots, and fun fast city cars. Read our Kia small cars reviews, including full performance figures, running costs, practicality, safety and handling statistics and options data. Browse photo galleries and research into potential problems using thousands of owners’ reviews.

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Kia Small / City car reviews

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  • Kia Picanto Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Kia’s smallest car has big style and kit

    Parkers rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
    New price: £11,000 - £15,800

    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
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  • Kia Rio Hatchback (2017 onwards) Review

    Capable, frugal Rio eclipsed by excellent rivals

    Parkers rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4
    New price: £13,650 - £21,160

    PROS

    • Seven-year warranty
    • Practical, solid interior
    • Plenty of standard kit

    CONS

    • A bit dull to drive
    • Not cheap enough
    • Doesn’t stand out 
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  • Kia Picanto (2011 - 2017) Review

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    Used price: £1,284 - £7,893

    PROS

    • Excellent value
    • Low running costs
    • Choice of three- or five-door models
    • Economical engines

    CONS

    • Restricted bootspace
    • Steering feels too light at high speeds
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  • Kia Rio (2011 - 2017) Review

    A safe, solid, dependable used car choice...

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    Used price: £1,327 - £8,143

    PROS

    • Well equipped
    • Attractive styling
    • Competitive pricing

    CONS

    • Petrol engine lacks punch
    • Steering is vague
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  • Kia Rio (2005 - 2011) Review

    Parkers rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
    Used price: £514 - £3,125

    PROS

    Neat styling, easy to drive, decent diesel engine, good value for money

    CONS

    Unsophisticated ride on early cars, awkward gearchange, noisy at higher speeds

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  • Kia Picanto (2004 - 2011) Review

    Parkers rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
    Used price: £507 - £3,193

    PROS

    Cracking value, economical engines, five-doors as standard, cheap to run, reliable

    CONS

    Not as clever with space as other small cars, mediocre saf ety rating

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