2011 Kia Picanto Spice 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Great value car, for the quality, build and spec

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Wanted to change my 2008 Kia Cee'd for the new shape Picanto, but financially it wasn't possible, as the new shape Picanto is a much more pricey car than the previous shape model. The money needed to change would be around £4,500 AND my Cee'd as part exchange.

Upon looking around dealers; I discovered I could easily purchase the older shape 2011 model for a mere £500 cash and my Cee'd (ie: so about 6k in total). Just 6k people for a 2011 decent spec car!!

What a fab car and fab deal. The car is loaded with electric windows, power steering, air con, ABS brakes with brake assist, ESP (anti skid), airbags, and even 'flare red' inserts in the seats to add a bit of colour.

Love the double DIN stereo unit with decent clarity sound, and with MP3 ability. Also the

small icon that tells me when to change gear comes in really useful.

So far it seems a really solid and reliable motor; and for just £500, then I'm really happy.

The performance for a one litre engine is really very acceptable, and feels more like a 1.2 in reality. I have no issues on acceleration from a start, nor its ability to hold pace on the motorway in 5th gear. Economy is okay too, averaging out at about 46 MPG (should be a lot more; but Kia's tend to never do what they advertise on the spec sheets).

Space in the car is decent too, with similar room to that of a Mazda 2; though the boot is much smaller (though the rear seats do split and fold as 60/40).

If you don't mind buying the older shape, then you can get a seriously good bargain on a 2011 plate motor - which comes with the 7 year warranty till 2018.

I will keep the car for the usual 'two to three years', then perhaps change to the new shape once it's lowered in price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2011