Kia Picanto 1.0 City (2013) CAR review | Road Testing Reviews | Car Magazine Online

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Kia Picanto

1.0 City (2013) CAR

By Ollie Kew

First Drives

23 2013 09:00

Kia’s Picanto city car is now available in an more urban-friendly ‘City’ costing £10,245. After being impressed by the all-new i10. and pitching Skoda against VW Up. we’ve driven new baby to see where it fits the hotly fought city car Read on for the CAR review.

What the Kia Picanto City a good car?

As far as the urban theme the only really city-friendly kit on model extends to rear sensors and electrically-adjustable heated mirrors. Ignore the branding and the list still looks though. You get smart 14in alloys (being slab-sided, the car looks under-wheeled), Golf lipstick in the grille, automatic and extra goodies inside.

There’s Bluetooth with recognition, LED ambient lighting – does indeed lend a air of premium to the otherwise brittle – and steering wheel controls for the volume, and media.

Is it a trip to the Kia bad old days inside?

Though not a single squidgy soft-touch present, the Picanto isn’t inside: it’s a funky, design compared to some of the geriatric-feeling city cars, the position gives no cause for for six-footers, and the two-spoke steering looks like the same helm you’ll find in a Mercedes S63 AMG. The heating/ventilation is a bit ropey though – not only it look like a set of chunky designed for glove-wearing 4×4 they all operate with a crude action as well.

Is the powertrain any good?

It’s a fun but once you’ve driven a VW city car, or new Hyundai the Picanto’s mechanical interference behind the times. The 1.0-litre engine’s whirr is more inside than any of the Picanto’s save for the fit-for-a-museum Citroen C1, 107 and Toyota Aygo.

It does feel zippier to rev its contemporaries though. With power not delivered until you’re encouraged to rinse the like a hire car if fast is the order of the day, which it up gamely. And yet, the 1.0-litre produces sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, so no road tax to cough up for.

You to spec a pricier ‘Bluemotion’ Up to the bill in the VW.

What about the rest of the drive?

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Mostly good the five-speed manual gearbox is and snappy, the brakes have of bite, and the car handles in that city car tradition, like up on its toes and wants to dart

Alongside its increasingly … the Picanto’s cheeky, chuckable, is actually pretty refreshing. the steering that lets the down: there’s an unpleasant, Panda -esque elasticity to its springy off-centre and sticky around the rack. Light we’ve no problem with for city cars: it makes for parking after all, but the Up prove it can be matched with and a well-weighted response that’s not present in the Kia.

City cars have to do it so is the Picanto practical?

Thanks to breadvan profile, there’s aplenty inside, and passengers feel pinched despite the perceived narrowness. It’s the that loses out: 200 with all seats in place is thrashed by the new Hyundai i10 (252L), Up, and Mii (251L), and even the ageing Ka (224L)


The Kia Picanto isn’t as or spacious as some of its more revealed adversaries, but its pugnacious willing engine and comfortable-yet-entertaining mean it still shouts in a chocker-block full of talent

Still, with all of those attributes, the same seven-year (and fewer of the superfluous features) available on the entry-level Air for £8045, that’s where aim to put our money.

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