What Car? says...
The Kia Picanto has become something of a rarity. That's because it's a dinky city car that runs on petrol, whereas most of its former rivals have either gone electric or been removed from sale altogether.
Why? Well, there simply isn't much profit for manufacturers in building cheap petrol cars. They'd rather you dropped thousands more on a small SUV, an electric car or a new-fangled plug-in hybrid. But if you don't want to spend much cash and don't need a huge amount of space, a city car is still an extremely compelling value proposition.
Kia's cheapest model comes with five doors as standard, and you can choose between three petrol engines and a manual or automatic gearbox. There’s even an SUV-aping X-Line version, although it’s more about looks than real rough-and-tumble driving.
Although the Picanto's direct competition is scarce, the rivals it does have are pretty good, such as the Hyundai i10, Toyota Aygo and Volkswagen Up. How does the Picanto stack up against those rivals? Read on and we'll tell you all you need to know.
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