Kia Picanto

Small, stylish and very cheap to run, the Kia Picanto is a pint-size city car that should get you from A to B with ease. It just about manages to hold its own against strong competition from the likes of the Hyundai i10, Renault Twingo, Volkswagen up!, Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii and will turn heads thanks to its cheeky looks and range of bright paint colours. Boot space isn’t quite as good as the competition, but it's still worth looking at if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful small car.

Kia Picanto hatchback

Price 
£8,145 - £12,595
5 & 3 Doors
4.2 / 5
Pros
  • Cute styling
  • Easy to drive around town
  • Class-leading seven-year warranty
Cons
  • 1.0-litre engine a bit slow
  • Not great on the motorway
  • Some rivals have better residual values

You have a choice of either three or five doors when buying a Picanto, with the latter being the obvious choice if you regularly transport kids or back-seat passengers. Diesel isn’t an option, but the two petrol engines available – a 1.0-litre and a 1.25-litre – are both very economical. We think the slightly larger engine is worth going for if you can afford it, as it makes the Picanto more enjoyable to drive.