Kia Picanto
 (4/5)
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 (3.6/5)
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Generation TA (2013-Present)

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The Picanto would appeal to the trendy urbanite who desires to stand out from the sea of Myvis. It has the most sophisticated exterior and interior of its rivals, with class-leading safety and warranty to boot. Pity it isn't a particularly engaging drive.

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Expert Review

Date Reviewed
2 February 2015
Performance
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Value
The Picanto would appeal to the trendy urbanite who desires to stand out from the sea of Myvis. It has the most sophisticated exterior and interior of its rivals, with class-leading safety and warranty to boot. Pity it isn't a particularly engaging drive.
For
  • Impressive list of standard kit, especially safety
  • Fresh, funky styling
  • Refined and solidly-built cabin with a premium air
Against
  • Steering could do with more weight and feedback
  • Overly light clutch and abrupt brake pedal action
  • Some rivals in the same price range offer more space

Latest Owner Review

Date Reviewed
8 December 2016
Performance
Handling
Comfort
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Jonathan
1.2 MT (2012)
Bought new, Owned for 2 Years
Fuel Economy: 13.0 km/litre (7.7 L/100 km), RON95, Mileage: 2,250 km/month
    - Simple, handsome looks; standard projector headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights give it an upmarket appearance
    - Interior is well-built and feels like a class above; plastics are hard but have pleasant look and feel
    - Handy storage bin and novel swivelling cupholders in front of gearlever
    - 1.2 litre engine is smooth, delivers a decent slug of torque when you get up on it
    - Impressive road and wind noise insulation
    - Feels planted and grippy in the corners
    - Rides well – a little firm but composed
    - More stable at highway speeds than most rivals – has a little bit of that "big car" feel
    - Six airbags, stability control, seatbelt indicators/reminder for all seats come as standard on all models
    - Passenger airbag deactivation for front child seat installation
    - Not the biggest cabin in the segment; boot is tiny
    - Manual variant does not come with Bluetooth
    - Sound system a bit tinny by default, needs a little tweaking in audio settings to get best results
    - Engine is sluggish under 2,000 rpm
    - Not as fuel efficient as the best in the segment, although it still delivers decent results (around 7.5 litres per 100 km in mixed city and highway driving)
    - Steering is slow and lacks feedback
    - Feels a little floaty at very high speeds
    - Expensive for such a small car, but makes up for it in terms of kit, quality and refinement (plus I bought my car at a very deep discount)
To improve
- Manual model should have same specs as automatic
- More direct steering
- Larger boot space
- Reduced fuel consumption
Yes, I would recommend this car

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