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Kia Picanto

(2017 - present)

The Kia Picanto is a city car five-door hatchback, closely related to the Hyundai i10. The current model was launched in the middle of 2017 and is the third generation model to wear the Picanto name.

The latest Picanto is considered a significant improvement over its predecessor, reflecting Kia’s progression from a budget brand that competed purely on price to a mainstream brand that rivals established European manufacturers.

The Kia Picanto has received an unusually broad variation of review scores from the UK motoring media, ranging from full marks and a “City Car of the Year” award from What Car? to a very poor score and “Don’t Buy” recommendation from rival Which?. The GT-Line models have also tended to receive better scores than the more basic models, which don’t get the same level of safety equipment.

The Picanto has received praise for its praticality, interior quality and driving dynamics. However, it has been criticised for its poor three-star safety rating (four stars with the extra safety pack), which falls well short of the five-star rating from several of its rivals.

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Body style: Small five-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £9,895 on-road

Launched: Spring 2017
Last updated: Summer 2018
Replacement due: TBA

MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

Kia Picanto 1

The Car Expert

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Kia Picanto 2

Auto Express

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Kia Picanto 3

Autocar

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Kia Picanto 4

Car

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Kia Picanto 5

Carbuyer

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Kia Picanto 6

Honest John

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Kia Picanto 7

The Telegraph

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Kia Picanto 8

Top Gear

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Kia Picanto 9

What Car?

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Kia Picanto 10

Which?

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: September 2017

Kia Picanto 12

79%

ADULT OCCUPANT

Kia Picanto 13

64%

CHILD OCCUPANT

Kia Picanto 14

54%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

Kia Picanto 15

25%

SAFETY ASSIST

Note on safety rating
The Kia Picanto received a three-star safety rating from Euro NCAP in standard specification, which is sold in the UK as the ‘1’ and ‘2’ spec models. Standard on ‘3’ spec and upwards, and optional on ‘2’ spec models, is extra safety kit that upgrades the Picanto’s safety rating to four stars.

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Kia Picanto has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Kia Picanto has received

2019

  • What Car? Awards – City Car of the Year
  • Auto Express Driver Power survey – Best City Car

2018

  • What Car? Awards – Best City Car
  • Fleet World Honours – Best City Car
  • Red Dot Awards – Car Design award
  • iF Design Awards – Product Design awards

2017

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Car for less than £150 a month
  • Car Tech Awards – Most User-Friendly Car

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