Kia Picanto

What is it
Kia’s smallest offering benefited from a facelift in 2011 bringing it more into line with its stylish siblings.

What is it like inside

Surprisingly roomy inside, thanks to an addition of 60mm in length on the previous model the Picanto comfortably accommodates four. Overall the interior is solid and well build with plenty of extras and safety features are abundant.

What is it like to drive

Fun to drive the benefits of the revised suspension are felt instantly. It is nippy, refined around town but struggles to gain momentum on the open road.

What is it likely to cost
Fuel economy is a very decent 4.2 litres per 100 and the starting price is €11,685 for the LX trim. The EX trim increases the price to €12,810

It is easy to live with, comfortable to drive and bags of fun, supported by an unbeatable seven years warranty.

Kia Picanto
Engine size: 1.0 petrol
Dimensions (LxWxH): 3.59 x 1.59 x 1.48
Fuel Economy: 4.2 litres per 100
Performance: 51kW (13.9 0 – 100kph)
Emissions (motor tax) : 99 g (€160)
Boot Capacity Seats up (seats down): 200(605)
Doors: 5
Euro NCAP – Overall: 4

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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