Kia's smallest car is the recently updated Kia Picanto. It's available as both a three and five-door hatchback, but practicality is reduced because of its small boot and tight rear seat space. There are two petrol engines to choose from – a 68bhp 1.0-litre and an 84bhp 1.25-litre unit that can also be had with an automatic gearbox and stop/start technology. The new engines are a big improvement over previous units, especially on motorways, but the Kia Picanto doesn’t drive or ride as well as a Ford Ka or Fiat 500. However, the Kia Picanto is very cheap to buy and run.
- Attractive price and long warranty
- Smooth drive
- Generously equipped
- Jerky brakes and clutch
- Lacks badge appeal
- Excessive body roll
The latest evolution of the Kia Picanto city car takes many exterior styling cues from its big brother the Venga and feels almost as grown up to drive. On the inside the new Picanto has a larger boot and higher quality interior materials than its predecessor. It's also quieter on the road with a more comfortable ride.