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The Kia Picanto is the definition of a compact city car, and measures in at just 3.6 metres long. It comes in both three and five-door guises, and comes well equipped from standard with daytime running lights and remote central locking.

In both engine guises the Picanto easily achieves over 60mpg, meaning it's really economical whilst boot space stands at 200 litres - more than enough for a weekly shop or a couple of small suitcases. As with all new Kia models, it comes with a seven year warranty as standard for peace of mind.

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Welcome to our review of the Kia Picanto, shown in our video with VR7 trim. This small city car measures just under 3.6 metres long, and is perfect for inner-city or town motoring. It's available in as both a 3dr and 5dr, and this model features daytime running lights, remote central locking and alloy wheels. 

The 1 litre engine produces 68 brake horse power, and manages 67 miles per gallon on the combined cycle while emitting just 99 grams kilometre of CO2. There is a 1.25 litre petrol engine also available, which offers similar economy figures of 62 mpg, but with an improved 0-60 time of 11 seconds and 84bhp.

Step inside the Picanto and you'll find a much more spacious interior than you might expect, and plenty of features to make driving easier and more comfortable. As standard on this VR7 model are USB and AUX ports, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric windows, steering wheel mounted audio controls and premium black upholstery. Leather touches on the steering wheel and gear shift lever give the car an upmarket feel. 

Standard safety features across the Picanto range include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) - lending itself to a four-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

Included in SR7 trim is Bluetooth telephone connectivity, which also features voice recognition and audio streaming. The all-important air conditioning is also included, and a height adjustable driver's seat and tilt-adjustable steering wheel will ensure you're sitting comfortably behind the wheel.

The Picanto's boot capacity is an impressive 200 litres, which is enough to fit a couple of small suitcases or a weekly shop. Also standard on the VR7 are rear parking sensors, which will help guide you into parking spaces safely.

Overall, the Kia Picanto is a stylish and practical city car that's cheap to run, and in VR7 form it has plenty of specification too.

Evans Halshaw Kia