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Kia Picanto (2011-15)

Overall Rating

4 stars

The Kia Picanto has grown in size and looks, efficient engines and a high spec.

  • Mature, sharp angled looks
  • Efficient engines
  • Good spec as standard
  • Un-even ride at high speeds
  • Kia have dropped the diesel engine
  • Increased space in rear but still cramped for adults
Road Test

The Picanto has grown up in looks for Kia's smallest model. The girly feminine edge has gone for a more mature, shaper angled look with a large rear window and strong bumper. Available as 5-door and 3-door body styles. The 3-door has a moulded sporty edge which is distinctly different from the 5-door and will appeal to the younger driver. The Picanto has also grown in size increasing passenger space and a larger boot. Inside has a simple layout with automatically controlled air-conditioning, electronic and heated folding door mirrors with side repeaters, automatic light control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, retractable dual cup holders, heated front seats and Intelligent Stop and Go that further enhances fuel economy. Engines are Kappa four-cylinder, 1,248 cc petrol engine that generates 85 ps and a three-cylinder, 998 cc petrol engine produces 69 ps. This combination of advanced technologies means that exhaust emissions have been significantly reduced, so that the new, petrol only, Picanto line-up will have a CO2 rating of 99 to 125 g/km. Fuel economy will range from 67.3 to 42.2 mpg, contributing to lower running costs. Competitively priced and cheap to run the grown up Kia Picanto is a small car that's grown up.

Need To Know

Best Models: 1.25-litre

Kia Picanto (2011-15)
Star Ratings


4 stars


4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars


4 stars


3 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

5 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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