New Kia Picanto driven by Which? CarCity car line-up changed to add air conditioning

25 May 2011

Kia Picanto (2011-)

The latest Kia Picanto has a stylish new design - it stands out among other city cars

The new Kia Picanto is set to inject a little style into the city car market - so how does it stack up? Which? Car has driven and reviewed the new model.

The previous Picanto topped our Which? Car reliability survey last year - so the signs are good for the new one, which is out in June.

It also benefits from Kia's unique seven-year warranty - not bad for a car that starts from £7,996.

Read the results of the 2010 Which? Car Survey

Line-up change

When reviewing the Picanto, we were unimpressed that air-conditioning wasn't available on the basic '1' model - even as an option. However, Kia has just announced that a new '1 Air' model will be released in September, costing from £8,595.

Improvements have been made not only to the car's looks - which are now far more distinctive - but also to safety equipment. Electronic stability control, which we believe is essential, is now a standard feature, alongside brake assistance and front, side and curtain airbags.

To find out more about what we made of the Picanto, read the full review (Which? members only).

If you're not yet a member, you can still read more on the car - or sign up for a £1 trial with Which?.