6. Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto White
18 Jul, 2013 2:15pm

With the trademark distinctive 'tiger-nose' grille and bold styling, the Kia Picanto is a better looking alternative to its Korean sibling the Hyundai i10.

The five-door models come in 1, 1 Air, 2 and 3 trims – all of these offer electric windows, a trip computer and MP3 connectivity as standard. It's good looking on the inside too. And boasts light controls and a tight turning circle that lets you orbit mini roundabouts with no hassle at all.

There are two petrol engines on offer, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a 1.25-litre four-cylinder - but the former feels a little underpowered, and strains at higher revs. We'd opt for the latter, which tackles motorways a lot better than the Hyundai i10 Blue model, and even has enough power for overtaking.

Running costs shouldn’t be a problem – 1, 1 Air, 2 and City models all have 99g/km CO2 emissions. But for us, the unique selling point of the Picanto has to be the seven-year warranty. This trumps pretty much every other city car on the market.

It’s competitively priced, too – base spec three-door models start from £7,795. And you can even get a five-door model for less than £8,000 – the 1.0-litre 1 model costs £7,995.

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