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I haven't had my Kia Picanto very long. It is a 2010 plate and I absolutely love it. At first I was a bit wary as I have two children, one of which is still in a pushchair and the Picanto is not known for the spacious boot. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I have a family of four and manage to get the majority of a weekly food shop in the boot (one bag goes by my daughters feet in the back!) and my pushchair fits in very nicely (not the smallest of pushchairs either). The space in the back seat is surprsingly efficient. After looking at pictures and other peoples reviews (on different website :))I was also a bit worried about how it looked inside but again was very pleased. Not the flashiest of cars but perfectly practical.
This review refers to the Kia Picanto Chill (08)
This is a great value small car. My wife and I both had cars. I had a clapped out Peugeot 406 and my wife drove a much loved Ford Ka. Between us we were racking up hundreds of pounds in MOTs, road tax, fuel and general garage and maintenance bills. At the time we were commuting 400 miles a week and with increasing fuel bills things were really beginning to take their toll on the household budget. The time came to trade in and downsize.
I needed something small (my wife was comfortable driving a small car) reliable and low cost to run. It needed to handle our 400 mile a week commute (motorways and city driving) and work as a family car. Now, most folk would start thinking about a mid-sized family saloon at this point but our budget simply did not stretch to that. After much review reading we decided that the Picanto offered all we needed.
We paid around £8k in all for a blue Picanto Chill. For that you get:
5 doors (unusual on a car so small)
1.1 litre petrol engine
Driver and passenger air bags
USB port for mp3 players
And, well, that's pretty much it. But then it is cheap. More so now that this is established on the second hand market. Real bargains can be found.
The doors close with a satisfying clunk and the interior finish is perfectly acceptable for the price range - no walnut or leather but functional plastic. The dials and controls are easy to read or access and the gear change is solid (unlike the rather loose and cheap feeling Peugeot gearbox). The exterior styling can be described as "cute". The new styling of the Kia is nicer but I quite like our model. I'm a man and have no trouble being seen in this car. If you measure your masculinity by the type of car you drive then this isn't the car for you.
The engine is a bit thrashy at high revs and in the lower gears it's not as nippy as you'd hope. However, from 3rd gear onwards it is suitably responsive and it holds motorway speeds perfectly well. The ride is a little rough and noisy but if all you are doing is some urban driving then it is fine. Longer trips may require a few breaks to stretch your legs. You are not going to get Mercedes or BMW levels of driving comfort here.
There are things that annoy me. The key has the central locking button on the edge of the key and this is a deeply flawed design that results in constant accidental locking and unlocking of the car. I understand the new keys avoid this.
The rear view mirror does not provide a clear view out the back window due to the top brake light and the slope of the roof. This hasn't proven to be a safety problem but you need to use your wing mirrors more often.
Accelerating uphill is a time consuming business. It just doesn't have the power.
Fuel consumption is nowhere near the stated value. I get around 270 to 300 miles on a single tank. At current (September 2012) petrol prices it costs around £40 to fill her up from when the fuel light comes on.
There is no spare tyre supplied. There is a wheel well in the boot that can accommodate a tyre but instead you get a repair kit. In my opinion this is useless and it is worth sourcing a spare wheel, tyre iron and a jack. I got a steel wheel from a scrap yard and a cheap jack from Halfords. In the 4 years I've owned the car I've needed to use this 3 times. Without it I would have needed to be recovered from the roadside and that's a huge inconvenience for something as straightforward as a flat tyre.
Being a small car you are prone to getting bullied on the road. Expect to be cut up, tail gated and, somewhat alarmingly, appear to be completely invisible. I've often wondered whether a cloaking device was an added extra. This says more about the aggressive driving out there than the Kia though and with a good balance of awareness, defensive driving and confident driving you'll be fine. I think this goes for any small car though.
Despite the above, I love this car. It is cheap to run and maintain, reliable and a tough little so and so. I've run this car up and down the M9 in Scotland through 2 of the worst winters we've had in decades. It's started on the coldest of cold dark mornings and it has dealt with snowy and icy roads better than some of the larger cars that I passed that were stuck in the snow or, in one case, perched neatly on top of the crash barrier on the M9.
I have a daughter now and her safety seat fixes simply into the isofix brackets that come with the car. The boot is big enough to take her folding buggy and by using the back seat for storage we can all head out on the family shop. The back seats fold down giving you a surprisingly roomy space to transport larger items and we've squeezed a few IKEA things in the back in the past. There is also plenty of headroom despite its size. If you are really tall or have a family of 4 may struggle with space though. But this is a small hatchback not a 4x4 people carrying bus.
The car is small enough to nip through those little gaps in traffic on busy rush hour commutes and on more than one occasion her small size has actually saved us from a scrape or bump.
Cost wise a full service (every 10000 miles as per Kia's suggestion) is around £150. The timing belt was replaced at 60000 miles and cost around £400. A new tyre costs in the region of £40 to £55 depending on the make. Road tax is £30. As I mentioned, to fill a full tank (from when the light pops on) is about £40 at current prices. Headlight bulbs are fiddly (but not impossible) to change and a replacement brake light looks like it might be a bit of a challenge but it's just the bulb that needs replaced not an entire sealed light unit as some other makes of car require. My local garage has replaced bulbs in the past for £2 or £3 during an MOT so if you run into difficulties it's not a big or expensive job. Insurance is also relatively cheap as the car is in insurance group 10. I currently pay around £200 a year for fully comp but obviously this is dependent on my specific circumstances.
Changing a tyre is simple. These are not big wheels and the process can be completed in about 10 minutes. Again, I highly recommend getting a spare tyre. The repair kit that it comes with relies on pumping latex into the tyre to temporarily plug the hole so you can then drive home on it. This will only work if the hole is small enough. A garage may also refuse to repair the hole and insist on a new tyre given the extra work involved in sloshing out the latex. Like I said - useless and I suspect almost impossible to do on a dark roadside in the rain.
The oil filler cap, radiator fluid and screen wash reservoir are all easily accessible. Only the power steering fluid requires some sort of Kia specific product. The oil and coolant can be bought off the shelf.
General reliability appears to be very good. I've only had to carry out the usual maintenance with new tyres, brake pads etc. The little engine has never missed a beat and, as I mentioned, it has started first time in harsh sub-zero (-12) temperatures after cold soaking overnight.
I've had this car for 4 years now and unless my family expands I intend to keep it for several more years. She has done all we have asked of her and more. If you are prepared to compromise and have reasonable expectations then this is a great car for those on a tight budget.
After having an 2002 Renault Clio I decided to buy new 5dr Picanto because of the huge increase in petrol costs and good mpg claimed by Kia. I found that it was only 34 including several trips on the motorway, and that was less than the Clio. I would not buy another if it was to mislead like this, and after owning it for 6 weeks I am distinctly feeling like I should take it back. At this point all the other factors apart from a bust key, have run as expected and I have nothing else to complain about. If you are going to buy one of these make it clear to the salesman that you will not accept misleading petrol usage and tell him that you will demand a change if it is crummy. The lack of rubber lines on the side of the car to avoid damage from others opening their doors may be popular but must represent a risk.
This is a tiny little car with attitude. It has so much attitude that it's 1.1 engine isn't afraid of doing over 80mph on the motorway, and makes very little fuss about it.
My Picanto has a quiet engine, even on the motor way when it's fully loaded.
The steering is lovely and light, the steering is so kind it enables even me to do a parallel park.
Everyone, after they get inside, remarks about the space. It gives the average person enough room to be comfortable, even when there're four adults in it.
It has a fairly nifty little boot, good for a weekly shop or a quick pop into town. I have fitted two suitcases in the boot standing upright. The seats also fold down for a more substantial load and make a surprising amount of room.
The car is so compact, with such a small bonnet, it's great for nipping into spaces in crowded holiday destinations or in a crammed car park in the town centre.
My car has fitted a pushchair, baby car seat, toddler car seat, two adults and all the trimmings for a day out with the kids inside it.
Great car for a busy person, whether they've got a small family or they're making a short commute to work.
I don't know anything about cars so I cant get technical about my Kia Piccanto but I can tell you why I love my car I have had it for 2 years now and I have been driving for 4 years and still its a joy to drive and feels like a brand new car (even though I got it second hand and its 8 years old!) I love the size I still get amazed about the spaces I can fit into but while sitting inside you totally forget how small the car is I never feel cramped unless I must add I have done a big shop with the boot being tiny I can only fit about 5 shopping bags in thats but one thing you have to deal with if you want a small car with space in the back seats but then again on the plus the back seats move so easily to fold flat giving you extra space in minutes. Its such an easy car to use and takes no time to get used to the only thing that caught me out a few time its that the indicator is on the right and I have only driven cars with it on the left but its great being able to change gear and indicate at the same time if you wish. When I got my kia I was delighted to find that my tax and petrol prices where literally halved (did go from a old petrol glugging banger though). It takes about £25-£30 to fill my tank up (used to be £20 grr at inflation) and this can last me 2-3 weeks sometimes and I drive almost every day trips to the shops and to work what is a 10 minute drive I am still shocked how long it can last.
I've owned my Kia Picanto since 2006. In that time apart from general servicing and tyre change it has only gone wrong once and that was a sensor fault and easily fixed. I hope I'm not tempting fate but it is a great small car. I use it for around 50 miles a day to get to work and back and it easily fits my childs car seat on the passenger seat. The back is small as is the boot but adequate for one or two people. It is a smooth ride although I can't comment on the gear change as mine is an automatic. I get decent miles to the gallon (around 250 miles per £30 tank of fuel). It is a nippy car but don't expect to be able to be able to race others on the motorway! I have owned several small cars in the last 15 years and without a doubt this one is the best in terms of reliability and quality.
~~First impressions: value for money~~
I picked up my new Picanto 3 months ago for use as our second car. First impressions were good and I haven't been disappointed since...
It's good value for money at £7,777 (price paid) for the less basic Picanto 2. Fuel consumption is proving very reasonable at around 50mpg and it will be cheap to tax next year too as it's in tax band C: (£30pa). Insurance will also be slightly less than I've been used to recently (group 3). What may be more surprising is that it's actually fun to drive and deceptively roomy!
~~A good deal with a track record~~
Without going into too much technical detail, readily available elsewhere, this review focuses on personal experience owning and driving this vehicle for some time now.
The Picanto has been around for several years and has earned a growing following. I certainly have no regrets about this purchase. Our nearest Kia dealer was slightly further away than the competition but have been very helpful, which goes some way to compensate. I've been driving for 40 years now - most makes, shapes and sizes - but I'm still impressed by this package. It's certainly not macho but who cares - it's cost-effective, practical and fun!
The model was subject to a routine recall recently but this was dealt with in a few minutes, despite the advice that it could have taken significantly longer -- just a potential issue with the fuel filler aperture, I believe. The dealer couldn't have been more efficient or helpful with this, and it's quite reassuring to know they're keeping on top of things.
~~Not just a 'city car'~~
The Picanto performs pretty well on urban and cross-country roads, the 1.1 version more or less holding its own on the motorway. It has ABS and the '2' model even has air con and MP3, though front fog lights would have been extra. Build quality feels OK. It's quite comfortable and refined; reliability and economy also seem good, though it will be interesting to monitor this over a slightly longer period. I'll probably be keeping it for some time as Kia now offer a seven year warranty!
Strictly speaking, the Picanto falls within the 'City Car' category -- but I regard it as more of a SuperMini. With four doors and plenty of elbow-room inside, it's positively Tardis-like! I also find it really easy to park, which is a bonus.
All in all, so far, I'm pleased with my decision to change from a somewhat larger and more thirsty car to this one, especially as my circumstances have recently changed and economy is more important ... Maybe it will be for many of us now?
I'd definitely recommend this as a great little 'big' car, for the smaller family. It's proving remarkably flexible and economical, even for weekly shopping trips and occasional longer, inter-city journeys. Just don't expect it to do much for your 'street cred'!
[A version of this original review may appear on other review sites. (c) SteveS001, 2012]
HOPE THIS HELPS ANYONE WITH A KIA PICANTO GS 1 LITRE. had problems losing speed in low gears and going up hills was a nightmare. Engine warning light came on but never stayed on. Had the rac out twice put on diagnostic machine but fault didnt register the problem. Replaced ht leads and plugs aling with the air filter. LocAL garage had the car in twice but also could not find the problem guessing at the cat converter. bless them they didnt charge me a penny. Finally went to kia dealership. They put it on their diagnostic machine only charging me half an hour labour which worked out under forty quid. the fault showed up as crankshaft pulley and told me it would cost £350 plus vat! Went back to my long suffering mechanic who is going to charge me £140 all in happy days! I can stop swearing hope it helps anyone else with the same problem
If you're looking for a small car then the Kia Picanto has to be on your list. If you shop around you will find that it is way cheaper than most of it's competitors. Here's a tip, look around the car hypermarkets or similar, and pick up a pre registerd model and save yourselves even more money!
Don't be put of by the cars small looks, it really is quite spacious inside, now I'm not saying you will get three adults in the back with any degree of comfort but they will fit...Just! The boot is rather small but then you are buying a small town car not an estate. The boot size is helped by the 60/40 split folding seats which is a plus. One thing that deserves a mention for all you mums is the picanto comes with child seat anchor points.
The car has all the knobs and switches you would ever want in a small car, including a much better than average sound system, this is quite useful because the engine can become quite harsh sounding when pushed hard. Talking about the engine our 1000cc Picanto would not win any races, but did show a willingness to try it's best at all times. On the motorway the car did take it's time to reach the speed limit but once there it would cruise quite happily. We did many a long trip in our Picanto and always felt ok when we reached our destination.
The running costs these days are important and here the Picanto stands out, in the two years we owned our car it never once let us down and never needed and single penny spending on it apart from normal every day servicing costs. The Picanto also feels like it runs on fresh air at times, which is good because it has a relatively small fuel tank which can lead to you into thinking that you have to fill up more than you should.
So to sum the Kia Picanto up. It is a cheerful little car that doesn't really excel in any one area but is very good in most. It is 100% reliable and you will look forward to getting in the car in a morning, or whenever knowing the car will start, take you where you want to go with a willingness to please.
By the way, because of the Picanto when we needed a much bigger car we picked a new Kia Cee'd... Another review on that car shortly.
This review is of the Kia Picanto 1 litre G.S. Mine was registered in 2007 but I think there was a new edition with a few changes released in either 08 or 09.
I've been the proud owner of a Kia Picanto for a few months now and feel as if I'm in a position to offer my opinion!
First of all, cost. I feel the Picanto is excellent value for money as a newer used car, I paid around 4.5k for a 3 year old one with very low mileage. Even new the Picanto is very reasonably at just over 7K. This doesn't mean its 'cheap' though! The other cost factor to consider is running costs which are very important to me as I'm on a low income. I've found that the fuel economy is very good, with the car being small and lightweight a tank of petrol goes quite a long way. It does have a pretty small tank which can be annoying when you have to refuel more often but it stops you storing heavy petrol which weighs your car down!
Next, space. The Picanto is a small car, there's no getting away from that! As a single person my car is usually used for commuting with just me in it which is absolutely fine. Even with a passenger in the front seat there's still plenty of elbow room and the car feels surprisingly spacious. The backseat however is a bit less roomy! There are three seats but it wouldn't be a very comfortable trip for three average sized adults, maybe for children it would be ok. The Picanto has 5 doors, which makes clambering in and out of the back seat easier though.
So how does it drive? Well I've been very pleased so far. I'm no car expert but I do do a lot of driving and have driven a fair few cars over the years and I hope to keep the Picanto for a while. The power steering is smooth but not detached from the feel of the road. The car is easy to manoeuvre and with its small size you can squeeze into tiny parking spaces which is always a bonus! Despite the smaller engine its fine at 70 on the motorway and feels stable even at higher speeds. It takes corners well on country roads and the suspension, while not incredible, is fine for most roads as long as you try to avoid the worst potholes.
One thing I love about the Picanto is the visibility. I'm not quite sure how it works and its probably an optical illusion, but the windscreen seems huge! The rear view and wing mirrors are bigger than average which is really helpful for keeping an eye on what's going on around you. The wing mirrors can be folded in to avoid them being damaged when parked on the road.
The dashboard and all the controls are clear, there's a speedometer, milometer, rev counter, clock, petrol gauge and all the usual things you'd expect on the dash. The heating is easy to control and the fog lights, rear windscreen heater, hazards etc. are easy to find and use. The only slight annoyance is that as this is a Korean car, the controls on the wheel, the indicators, lights and wipers, are the opposite way around to most cars so you might be trying to indicate with your wipers until you get used to it!
If I had one complaint about the Kia Picanto it would be the gearbox. It just feels a little clunky and it doesn't always slide smoothly into gear like you'd hope. I'm a bit concerned that this may be the first thing I need to spend on repairs for, but so far it hasn't been a problem, just a little less than perfect.
I have had my Kia Picanto now for 3 1/2 years from brand new. I have the 1.1 LS Picanto in Cool Blue.
When looking for a new car I wanted something that cheap to buy and run and something with good features include. The Picanto 1.1 LS comes with 5 doors as standard, coloured bumpers, electric windows front and back, electric wing mirrors and CD player with MP3 capability. Picanto prices start at £6635 OTR.
The Picanto looks stylish it's neat and compact so is easy to get into those tiny spaces, the colour of the car has stayed well and after a normal wash is still very shiny. There is plenty of room in the front, I'm 5'10 and a larger lady and have no trouble fitting in the car. However, the back of the car is quite small and you will struggle to fit 3 adults in the back (although this has been done!) The boot is also very small and often doesn't hold all my shopping so I have to use the back seat.
Controls in the car are simple, the car driver has access to all electric windows, the dashboard consists of a petrol dial, speed dial and rev dial. I would say I would prefer a temperature dial as well, however, a blue light is on when starting the car and I presume this would go red if there was anything wrong with the temperature. In the middle of the car there is the standard buttons for fog light and heated rear window as well as heat and fan power buttons. The model I have also has air conditioning.
The Picanto is designed for a little run around town car, however, mine has been used for more and has a lot of miles on the clock 55,000 so far! It has been from Manchester to Leeds, Lincoln, Donnington, Northampton, Wales and Hull without any problems and still runs really well. It has also just passed it's first MOT with flying colours. It can be a bit slow when first setting off and I've found it runs best of half a tank of petrol.
I'm not sure about how many miles to a gallon the car gets, but I can get around 350 miles out of a tank of petrol (currently around £35 a tank) and am able to do 60 miles after the petrol light comes on.
Overall, this is a great car at a great price and you certainly get a lot of features for what you pay. It has never broken down me and is really reliable. However, if you are looking for plenty of space and lots of speed it isn't the car for you.
Hi , welcome to my review on the Kia Picanto, i ran a Kia Picanto from june 2008 until november 2009 , this is my experience during that time.
On first glance the Picanto seems small (i am 6'2" tall) so when i was in the market for an economical, reliable ,low tax, cheap insurance car i spent some time looking at various cars, and tried them for size , the Kia is a regular tardis to sit in , with at least two inches clear above my head.
The car drove without fault the whole time of ownership and filled me with confidence, i never felt i would break down ! ( engine from Hyundai)
Mine was the 1100 version LS with ABS , power steering , airbags , four wheel disc brakes and air conditioning , a good specification for a small car.
The car is not the most powerful , but it puts its power down well and uses it nicely , cruising at 80 er i mean 70 on the motorway proved to be no problem .
If you intend to buy a Picanto look out for the spare wheel option , as standard many came without one , relying on a can of stuff to seal the puncture ( not a good idea)
On the down side the small boot , but this was a small issue when compared with the advantages.
Economy was really good , but i could not quite manage the quoted figures.
I would have no hesitation to recommend a Kia Picanto , a really good little car.
Well I have owned my Kia Picanto now for 2 whole months! After running my Ford KA into the ground it really was time for a change, I opted for the exellent government scrappage scheme and off to the Kia garage we went. Eneded up choosing the metallic silver and I have to say, everyone comments on the glittering paintwork as it really is a lovely finish. Coming in at £35 a year tax, you really can't go wrong, great on fuel and still a very nippy little thing! Inside it has lots of room, you'd think it was a much bigger car once siting inside. Only problem is the drivers seat does not go as far back as it could and with my boyfriend being a very tall 6'3 he just about has enough leg room bout could do with a lot more. Overall great little run-around car, looks nice and gets lots of compliments so I am really chuffed with it and would recommend
The Kia Picanto is a lovley stylish small car.
I have a pale blue 1 litre, petrol, 5dr Kia Picanto and I love it.
I had been searching for a new car that was cheap to buy, cheap to run, looks good and was small with 5drs. I didnt hold out much hope.
I found a Kia Picanto on a major car dealership website. The Kia 20 months old, had done 22,00 miles and was priced at £4,000.
When I went to view the car I liked it straight away and after a test drive decide to buy it.
I have now had my Kia six months and have grown very fond of it.
Very reasonable to buy £4000 for 2006 plate
Very cheap to run, 1lt petrol engine
Cheap to road tax and insure
Is a very smart looking small car
Very comfortable to drive
The Kia Picanto is not very fast and takes quite a while to get up to the aquired speed.
Although it is a small car the boot space is very small
1.0gs picanto. the fuel mpg is very questionable, i was exspecting around 55mpg and i am getting a poor 38mpg, which is why i am not a happy girl, i brought the car because of the claimed MPG. i also have a rusty petrol cap lever and bolt on my drivers seat that are having to be replaced, all on a new car.rusty spots on my rear bumper, that sales assured me wasnt rust as plastic doesnt rust. however they failed to clean the car before i took ownership and the mark's remain,as do the mark's on the boot which i never noticed befor, the boot is metal.the ride is bumpy, you feel every pot hole in the road, the breaks are fierce i have nearly sent my passangers through the windscreen, and the ocassional smell of petrol comes into the cab on start up, cheers kia!