Published: 04 Dec 2017

Kia Picanto v Volkswagen Up

Leading motoring publication Whatcar? has recently undertaken a test between the Kia Picanto and Volkswagen Up to see which impresses the most.  Jennings Motor Group takes a look at the outcome.

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Kia Picanto superb specification

Complementing the simple to use 7” touchscreen that features in the Kia Picanto What Car? commented it  “has the best infotainment system in this class. Its 7.0in touchscreen is bright and easy to use, and the fact that it’s positioned high on the dashboard means you don’t need to divert your eyes far from the road to see it”.  The Kia Picanto 3 reviewed came with Sat-nav, a DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard.

Kia Picanto storage

Offering leg and knee room for those over 6 foot, the Kia Picanto is longer, wider and has a taller boot. With an official capacity of 255-1010 litres, beating the U capacity of 251-959  it will fit three small cases. 

What Car? Winner

Complementing the Kia Picanto for having a superior infotainment system and a roomier interior, What Car? picked it as the winner. Awarding the maximum 5 stars, it went on to add  “When you consider it offers cheaper monthly finance repayments, despite coming with loads more luxuries as standard, the Up’s case becomes even harder to argue”. That the Picanto gets automatic emergency braking as standard while it costs extra on the Up only makes the margin of victory greater.

Kia Picanto review specification

Specifications: Kia Picanto 1.25 3

Engine size 4cyl, 1248cc, petrol

Power 83bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 90lb ft @ 4000rpm

Gearbox 5-spd manual

0-60mph 10.9sec

Top speed 108mph

Claimed fuel economy 61.4mpg

True MPG 47.9mpg

CO2 emissions 106g/km

Test drive the Kia Picanto today

The latest Kia Picanto is available to test drive today at Jennings Kia. With branches in Sunderland, Stockton and Washington, drop in to discover it for yourself. Our Kia teams are on hand to book a time and date convenient to you – call 0333 414 9750 today. 


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