New Kia Picanto

The small car market is one that is particularly competitive, with manufacturers looking to grab the customer's attention with great offers and low running costs, and the Kia Picanto certainly has a few strings to its bow.  The design of the Picanto has followed where other cars such as the Toyota Aygo and the Fiat 500 have led, offering bold style and oversized headlights that dominate the front end.  The level of equipment is certainly attractive when you consider the price of the Picanto, and it also comes with an excellent warranty package.

There are two engines to choose from in the Kia Picanto, with the 1.0 litre engine available at the lower end of the range, with the 1.25 litre engine offering slightly better performance, with only a marginal loss in fuel efficiency.  Both engines can deliver over 65mpg, but many people will find that the 1.25 litre engine makes the car better to drive when you take the Picanto away from urban and suburban streets.  With the entry level model available for under £8,000 the level of equipment is quite frugal, but the '2' and '3' level of trim does improve, with the top level including heated seats, climate control and alloy wheels.

One of the major selling points for the Kia Picanto is that it is very competitively priced, and when it comes to low running costs then the 1.0 litre petrol engine is a great option.  A very low insurance group and a low road tax liability make the Picanto an even more attractive proposal, particularly for younger drivers.  Along with this, the car also benefits from Kia's exceptional seven year or 100,000 mile warranty, which can also be passed on to another driver if the car is sold, making the Picanto an even better proposition.