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Kia Picanto

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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.

In its 2021 owners’ survey, What Car? rated the Picanto third in its list of the least reliable small cars.

Key specifications

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

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MEDIA REVIEWS

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

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: September 2017

79%

ADULT OCCUPANT

64%

CHILD OCCUPANT

54%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

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

2021

  • Company Car Awards – Best City Car

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Value Car
  • Auto Express Driver Power – Best City Car

2019

  • What Car? Awards – City Car of the Year
  • News UK Motor Awards – Value Car of the Year
  • Auto Express Driver Power – 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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