Kia Picanto VR7 1.0 5 door - £8995 (possibly £400 less)
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Kia Picanto VR7 1.0 5 door - £8995 (possibly £400 less)

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Found 4th Feb 2014
Okay, reasons why you wouldn't buy this car...

It's ugly. It's got a weedy engine. It's only got 3 cylinders. It's a granny car. It's not a Beemer. It's not even a 5 year old Beemer for under £5k! The boot's too small. It's got no class. The wind will blow it over on the motorway. It's slow. You can't pull a boat up a mountain with it. It's made by Koreans that eat dogs & cats and smell of garlic. Did I miss anything???

The reason I however did buy this car (new from a dealer) are...

It's relatively cheap for a new car (my dealer took £400 off list for cash). It's frugal on juice (maybe not the 67 mpg claimed but 55 mpg should be possible). Five doors. No road tax. Low insurance. Three years servicing for just £99 (definitely worth something). Seven year free warranty (that's an £850 add-on for a Dacia!). Lots of kit (A/C, alloys, parking sensors. electric windows/mirrors, steering mounted controls, Bluetooth/USB/Aux, alarm). Decent safety features including ESC.

The Kia Picanto has also just been named the most reliable car on sale in the UK which to be honest, I didn't know when I bought it.

Like I said, it's not for everyone but I'm sure that this will do nicely for me and the wife.

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kia is junk

ndybucky

kia is junk


Thanks for clearing that up for us in such an erudite way.

Wow, you've really sold it to me!

ndybucky

kia is junk




Thank you for that most informative post.

Is your avatar indicative of your car buying expertise?

£9k for a picanto? Wow.

Few years ago you could buy one new for £4495 with the old scrapage thing.

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jaydeeuk1

£9k for a picanto? Wow.Few years ago you could buy one new for £4495 with … £9k for a picanto? Wow.Few years ago you could buy one new for £4495 with the old scrapage thing.



Back in 2006, I bought my Daihatsu Sirion 1.0SE for £7.5k. That was all in including metallic paint. When I looked recently, there was nothing decent for that kind of money any more. All things considered, I think I did okay.

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ndybucky

kia is junk



This article says it's a decently screwed together little motor. Think 'junk' is a little harsh perhaps?

motortorque.com/kia…019

ndybucky

kia is junk



My 09 KIA C'eed is THAT junk it has passed every MOT and needed tyres changing once so far. Brake pads and discs still don't need changing with 48k on the clock.

My KIA is by far the most reliable car under the £13k mark I have ever owned. Once we've finished with this one we will definitely buy another.

If you do decide to buy a Kia avoid gravels dealership in west wales unless you enjoy atrocious service and excuses as to why things are not covered under warranty.

Kia is not junk but this model is

Won too gear small car of the year a couple of years back didn't it, so not junk really.

Any other manufacturer offer 7 year warranty? Good little car.

Heated and The New Hyundai i10 starts at £8,345 which is another car to look at thats winning all the awards at the moment.

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chrisvenn

Heated and The New Hyundai i10 starts at £8,345 which is another car to … Heated and The New Hyundai i10 starts at £8,345 which is another car to look at thats winning all the awards at the moment.


Actually until recently I was fully intent on buying the new i10. You're right. The press reviews are very good. I only looked at the Picanto just to get a bit of a comparison. However from the moment I clapped eyes on the new i10, I didn't like it. It looks 'wrong' and it's not a little car any more. I would have put up with the looks if the test drive had been good but it was no quieter than the the Picanto I'd driven the day before, the brakes are just as 'grabby' (it's all disc), in the front there's no more space and the 1.0 litre engine still struggles on hills. Also the dash looks a bit boring and the rear seat just flops down. Then there was the price. £10k list for the Premium 1.0 litre 5 door (the only model with alloys). The guy would knock £600 off list but that still left a huge gap between it and the frankly better equipped and better supported Picanto. Given that the two share more or less the same underpinnings, I thought why pay more??

Can get a fabia reaction for the same price. Larger car, bigger engine, higher residuals. Better value for money.

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jrw

Can get a fabia reaction for the same price. Larger car, bigger engine, … Can get a fabia reaction for the same price. Larger car, bigger engine, higher residuals. Better value for money.


Is this the same Fabia Reaction which is advertised at £9,690 on-the-road (so higher price), costs £105 a year in road tax, has worse fuel efficiency from an ancient VW engine, comes with a limited 3 year warranty and only qualifies for free 3 year servicing if you take out the exorbitant 7.9% APR finance deal??

Joe90_guy

Is this the same Fabia Reaction which is advertised at £9,690 on-the-road … Is this the same Fabia Reaction which is advertised at £9,690 on-the-road (so higher price), costs £105 a year in road tax, has worse fuel efficiency from an ancient VW engine, comes with a limited 3 year warranty and only qualifies for free 3 year servicing if you take out the exorbitant 7.9% APR finance deal??



Thats the one but it is only that on the Skoda website. It is £8995 everywhere if you actually look or use the search function on here.

It is a dam sight better engine than the 1.0 in this. Comes with a full 3 year warranty, 3 year breakdown. The servicing package is included with the finance and works out better than a personal loan depending how much you need. You will also find that if you have a good credit score you will get the APR much lower (got 5.3% last year on a VRS with the servicing deal and then paid off the finance after a week and still get the servicing.) so would hardly say exorbitant.

You also fail to mention the breakdown cover and much more limited warranty in the OP?

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This post is dead but just in case anyone's interested, after 1,500 miles my Picanto's averaging 57.5 mpg. Not great but not bad either...

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I know this is a dead post but I thought I'd do a quickie update just in case anyone thinking of buying a Picanto stumbles on this...
Okay, so the car is now 18 months old and has covered just over 10,000 miles. Average fuel economy over that time has been 55.9 mpg (according to the trip computer it's 59.1 mpg but that's too optimistic and doesn't tally with what actually goes in the tank). Nothing has gone wrong with the car. The 1 year service was done without fuss and effectively cost me £33.33 under the three services for £100 deal. Kia didn't try and stiff me for 'extras' like changing the pollen filter which was good. Fully comprehensive insurance for the Picanto is costing me £140 a year (from M&S) and UK recovery and breakdown about £22 (from Start Rescue). There's currently no road tax to pay. So excluding depreciation, the car is costing me roughly 11.5p/mile which is pretty good. Yes the car's looks are a bit strange and yes it really doesn't like going up hills but 97% of the time is sits on the drive doing nothing so who cares?
Overall I'm pleased I opted for the Picanto and am glad I ignored the car magazine reviews which frankly talk a lot of drivel. I've come to the conclusion that Kia are the 'new Toyota' in that they offer sensible cars at sensible prices to sensible customers. So that's a thumbs up from me then!
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