In-depth reviews

Kia Picanto owner reviews

“The Kia Picanto is a practical and polished city car, with great specs and infotainment options”

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.2 out of 5

67%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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Common Problems

  • Electrics, Other (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Other (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics (1 cases)

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

VR7

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Review
This car suited my wife and myself very well until we had 2 problems, an airbag warning light which was fixed under warranty and white corrosion on my alloy wheels which Kia refuse to cover, because they say it is wear and tear. Their 7 year warranty is worthless. Also to make matters worse I have had dealings with 3 of their dealers in Stafford, Stoke and Crewe and they are all hopeless. You will never see another Kia on my driveway again.
Reliability

4 out of 5

Good reliability except for the airbag warning light which was fixed under warranty
Performance

4 out of 5

Goes pretty well for 1 litre
Running Cost

1 out of 5

In the long run this car is going to cost me money because it will be devalued once someone sees the state of the alloy wheels

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.2 automatic

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
The car has nippy acceleration and good roadholding. Quite spacious inside for a small car. The brakes are too sharp and take some getting used to. The fuel consumption is 35mpg though 38 can be had on a long motorway trip. The Nexen tyres are very noisy. The brake pads scrape which I've been told is a 'design feature'. After just 6000 miles it needs a new gearbox! The radio seems to re-boot every week or so for no apparent reason!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.0 TX

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
I have owned three Picantos, a 2015, a 2016 and now the latest model. It's well-equipped and drives well apart from a notchy gearbox, which I hope will be fixed under warranty.
Reliability

4 out of 5

Good
Performance

4 out of 5

Like all 3 cyl 1L keep in correct gear!
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Good

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

VR7 3 door hatchback

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Review
A very good car in a lot of ways. Plenty of space for the size of car, very economical and looks good except for the corroded alloy wheels which apparently are not covered under the 7 year warranty. The three Kia dealers that I have had dealt with also have shocking customer service as well. Kia Stafford, Kia Stoke and Kia Crewe. I would never buy another Kia or its sister brand Hyundai
Reliability

3 out of 5

Only had 2 problems so far, airbag warning light malfunction which was fixed under warranty and white corrosion on the alloy wheels which is not covered by the 7 year warranty
Performance
OK around town . OK on the motorway once it build up speed
Running Cost
Good but not as good as my daughters Suzuki

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.24 petrol 2018 model

Year of registration

2018

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Review
Excellent city car. Don't believe the car review, drive it and test it to find out for yourself.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Year of registration

2016

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great little car, but in Australia beware of a few things - brakes wear very easy and with little warning, you must replace the rotors on both front and rear brakes in under 18 months. Within the first week I had it the starter motor failed, and although Kia was onto it fast, the parts took a full two weeks to arrive - so I had a courtesy car from them. This week, the battery went totally dead (which is to be expected after a few years) but the Picanto has a specific type of battery, and RACV couldn't help - now it's in the shop, for three days, waiting for a battery to be sent from their central parts. They are fantastic cars, but with a sticker on the back saying "Australia's largest motoring group" I feel Kia should have better parts supply than this. I was planning to update to an Optima in July but that's not going to happen now.

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