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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

Reviews

Owner Reviews

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thumbs up67%of people would recommend this car to a friend

Common Problems

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

Review 1 of 6

1 out of 5

Car Details

Model

VR7

Year

2015

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.2 automatic

Year

2017

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
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!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.0 TX

Year

2017

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

2 out of 5

Car Details

Model

VR7 3 door hatchback

Year

2015

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Tell us what you think about your car?
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
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.24 petrol 2018 model

Year

2018

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent city car. Don't believe the car review, drive it and test it to find out for yourself.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Year

2016

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
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.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

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