Product Type: Kia cars
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Looking for a small car then the Kia Picanto should be on your list.
Member Name: MiniReview101
Advantages: Reliability, Low running costs, Cheaper than competitors, Spacious interior.
Disadvantages: Not many really, small boot
If you're looking for a small car then the Kia Picanto has to be on your list. If you shop around you will find that it is way cheaper than most of it's competitors. Here's a tip, look around the car hypermarkets or similar, and pick up a pre registerd model and save yourselves even more money!
Don't be put of by the cars small looks, it really is quite spacious inside, now I'm not saying you will get three adults in the back with any degree of comfort but they will fit...Just! The boot is rather small but then you are buying a small town car not an estate. The boot size is helped by the 60/40 split folding seats which is a plus. One thing that deserves a mention for all you mums is the picanto comes with child seat anchor points.
The car has all the knobs and switches you would ever want in a small car, including a much better than average sound system, this is quite useful because the engine can become quite harsh sounding when pushed hard. Talking about the engine our 1000cc Picanto would not win any races, but did show a willingness to try it's best at all times. On the motorway the car did take it's time to reach the speed limit but once there it would cruise quite happily. We did many a long trip in our Picanto and always felt ok when we reached our destination.
The running costs these days are important and here the Picanto stands out, in the two years we owned our car it never once let us down and never needed and single penny spending on it apart from normal every day servicing costs. The Picanto also feels like it runs on fresh air at times, which is good because it has a relatively small fuel tank which can lead to you into thinking that you have to fill up more than you should.
So to sum the Kia Picanto up. It is a cheerful little car that doesn't really excel in any one area but is very good in most. It is 100% reliable and you will look forward to getting in the car in a morning, or whenever knowing the car will start, take you where you want to go with a willingness to please.
By the way, because of the Picanto when we needed a much bigger car we picked a new Kia Cee'd... Another review on that car shortly.
Summary: A good reliable little car that is willing to please