Kia Picanto GT-Line: an ideal shopping cart

In Car Reviews, City Car, Kia, Small Car by Matthew Macconnell

The Kia Picanto, an adorable but affordable small car

Car Reviewed: Kia Picanto GT-Line

I adore brands like Kia because they still give us new but affordable small cars with decent levels of quality. Perhaps you’ve just passed your test and fancy something new but can’t afford to fork out millions on insurance, or maybe you just need a decent motorised shopping cart. It doesn’t matter; the Picanto has you covered. 

First, it’s tiny—as you would probably expect. While it would surely fit through Tesco aisles with ease, this is frowned upon, and we wouldn’t recommend trying it.

However, if your supermarket car park is crammed with shoppers, you’ll still find a space in no time with this car. It’s probably worth noting that the boot is minuscule, at just 255 litres, with the rear seats up. Fold them flat, and that expands to a more usable 1,010.

By hopping onto the Kia website, you’ll see that prices start at £15,030, and even after ticking a load of options boxes, the price will be south of £20,000. The GT-Line model, tested, comes with some well-priced additions to the lowest spec model.

The car still comes with a 66bhp 1.0-litre engine that’s paired with a five-speed gearbox. However, it’s packed with technology such as automatic lights, 16-inch alloys, heated door mirrors, air conditioning, a reversing camera, remote locking, various safety systems, and a touchscreen display. Not bad for just £15,600!

My test car was the GT-Line in Honey Bee yellow. It’s a trim that adds swanky bodywork, but there’s little GT about its performance. If you yearned for something pokey, however, you wouldn’t be considering a Picanto now, would you?

On national speed limit roads, it feels vulnerable, Ford Focus’s are suddenly terrifying, and cyclists will be nudging to get past you on any kind of incline. Around town, it feels right at home, and that’s exactly what this car’s about. You can ballet dance around tight streets and infuriate other road users by easily stealing their parking spaces. Over ruts and bumps, however, it can feel quite unsettled with shuddering being sent through the cabin.

The Picanto is a perfect reminder that you don’t need heaps of power to have fun; with its low weight (974kg) and small proportions, it can be oddly rewarding in the twisties.

On a small 21.2-mile town run, it returned an average of 60.4mpg. At one point, it even showed 67.5mpg. The lack of a sixth gear meant that longer motorway runs were closer to 50mpg, which is still admirable.

If you are considering a small car, the Kia Picanto is worth checking out. Buy one, and you’ll get a seven-year warranty, too. The standard Honey Bee yellow paintwork isn’t too bright, making the Picanto even more lovable. Check it out at the Kia UK Website

Author Rating 4.3/5

Car reviewed: Kia Picanto GT-Line

on the road price as tested £15,600

  • 0-62mph 14.6secs
  • Top speed 100mph
  • Engine 1.0-litre 3-cyl petrol
  • Fuel Economy 60.4mpg (as tested)
  • Max Power 66bhp@5500rpm
  • Torque 96Nm@3750rpm
  • Dimensions MM 3595 L/1595 W/1485 H
  • CO2 emissions 119g/km
  • Transmission 5-speed manual
  • Bootspace 255 1itres (seats folded)

Matthew MacConnell


A motoring journalist from Central Scotland with a Diploma in Freelance and Feature Writing from the London School of Journalism, contributing to various online and print automotive publications. Matthew covers features, news and car reviews and enjoys the fast-paced environment of the motoring world with a strong coffee in hand. From a Honda Jazz to a Lamborghini Reventón there’s nothing off limits.

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