2011 Kia Picanto 1 1.0 from UK and Ireland
O2 sensors needed replacing, but they were original!
Tailgate parcel shelf broken.
Heating only works on highest setting (resistor shot).
Was surprised by this! So many people described them as gutless granny cars, but mine is very nippy, and more than capable at sensible motorway speeds. Surprisingly refined inside, with a very nice CD radio and electric front windows. Also has airbags, ESP and power steering. The gearbox is smooth as silk, which is a blessing, as you will be up and down it quite a bit around town!
Even has a display on the odometer suggesting which gear you should be using, which I find quite quirky. Dash is very nice, with just a speedo, and fuel gauge the same size as your speedometer! Nice big glovebox, and plenty of cupholders and cubby holes. A 12v socket is also there for your portable sat navs and phones. It is incredibly easy to drive and park, and the seats are half leather and very comfortable. The road tax is only £30 pa and insurance is very cheap.
If you just need a nice A to B runaround, don't look any further! These cars came with a 100,000 mile/ 160000km warranty when new, so they are built to last.
It has a few annoying downsides:
Five doors with no central locking, so each one has to be opened individually!
Back doors cannot be opened from the outside!
It has an annoying beeping warning if you are not wearing a seatbelt, but nothing to tell you that you have left your lights on!
These really are just minor niggles of mine, all in all it is a superb runabout.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2021