Kia Picanto

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How much does the Kia Picanto cost to run?

The 1.0L petrol is the most economical Kia Picanto to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Kia Picanto 1.0L petrol is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just under 69 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in petrol every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Suzuki Celerio 1.0L petrol and the more thirsty Citroen C1 1.0L petrol.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 2, which is lower than the Citroen C1 1.0L petrol, but higher than the SEAT MII 1.0L petrol. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Fiat Panda has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.1L petrol1.2L petrol
mpg55.4 - 68.948.7 - 58.850.4 - 65.7
emissions95 - 117114 - 137100 - 130
tax£0.00 - £30.00£145.00 - £30.00£0.00 - £125.00
insuranceGroup 2 - 10Group 10 - 11Group 2 - 12

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Kia Picanto: How big is the boot?

The Kia Picanto has a below average boot space (204 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair. Alternatively you could load up with one large bag or one cabin bag instead.

Worth knowing, the Smart Fortwo coupe is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and one large bag with its 307 litres.

Is the Kia Picanto easy to park?

Given a typical supermarket space, the Picanto is easy to park. (If you want the detail it will fill just 67% of the bay). This is as narrow as cars in the City class get, and gives you the maximum door opening space.

When it comes to parking on the street, the Picanto is one of the hardest. It has a turning circle of 10m, and a length of 3589m, giving you a relatively small 1211mm gap to turn the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking instead, the Smart Fortwo.

Which Kia Picanto has the best performance?

The fastest Kia Picanto from 0-60, is the 1.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 171 lbs/ft torque and 99 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 9.8 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Renault Twingo 0.9L petrol, which will beat your Kia Picanto to 60 by 0.2 seconds. That doesn’t sound much, but in 0-60 terms it’s actually a big gap.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.1L petrol1.2L petrol
zeroTo629.8 - 16.415.1 - 17.911 - 13.2
torque86 - 17197120 - 122
bhp61 - 996483 - 84

What size caravan or trailer, can the Kia Picanto tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Kia Picanto 1.2L petrol which has 121 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 700kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.