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