Kia Picanto hatchback
Price: £8,045 - £12,345
- Attractive price and long warranty
- Smooth drive
- Generously equipped
- Jerky brakes and clutch
- Lacks badge appeal
- Excessive body roll
The second-generation Kia Picanto is better quality and more stylish than the old one but more expensive as a result. A genuine rival for the Hyundai i10, Fiat 500 and Ford Ka, the Picanto's small dimensions have a bolder, more premium feel thanks to a chunkier design, while the clearly laid-out interior now looks classier and more expensive than ever.
The Picanto comes with the choice of three or five doors, the former sacrificing some practicality for a sportier look. There's also more space inside the new model thanks to its longer body, while the boot is a lot bigger and can carry a lot more luggage.
Two reasonably quiet petrol engines are on offer, both of which are at their best in town.
The Picanto is available in nine main specifications - the entry-level 1, then 1 Air, 2, 3 for the five-door, then 1, 1 Air, White, Equinox and City models. All specs of Picanto are well equipped, with the mid-range 2 cars coming with alloy wheels, electric windows and Bluetooth connectivity fitted as standard.