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Price: £9,995 – starting from £9,158

Available from: Forest Road Garage

It may be cheap but in this luxurious city car trim, the Picanto boasts 14in. alloy wheels, electrically adjustable door mirrors, air-con, Bluetooth, electric windows all round, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob, as well as driver’s seat-height adjustment and reversing sensors.

The interior is neat and stylish with chrome and gloss contrast details, convenient storage and a multi-function steering wheel. Compared to the VW Up and Hyundai i10, the Picanto rides a little heavier but well-judged damping helps to softly absorb even the peskiest of potholes and bumpy tracks. It also handles corners with arguably better hold on the road with accurate and light steering that made light work of the winding roads of west coast.

Thanks to a tight turning circle, aided by parking sensors, it was easy to park and manoeuvre on narrow roads and as you built up speed there was a satisfying (but not annoying) growl. Kia has gone for highly responsive brakes here but you come to appreciate this after a little getting used to. All in all, the Picanto makes for a comfortable drive with more than enough fun features for the price tag.

What comes as standard?

n 14in. alloy wheels

n Front and rear electric windows

n Bluetooth with music streaming

n Premium cloth upholstery

n Steering wheel mounted controls

n Body coloured mirrors and external door handles

n Five door, five seat configuration

n Hill start assist control

Dealer’s comment:

There’s a lot to love about the new Picanto’s sporty design – the young, fun and stylish lines along with the Kia Signature grille make the car stand out in a crowd. Combine this with class-leading interior space for five adults along with one of the biggest boot spaces you will find in any small car and you have the new Picanto, the perfect small car for Guernsey. The new Picanto is also fun to drive and fits in all the island’s small-car parking spaces. All this is backed up with an excellent specification as standard and not forgetting Kia’s industry-leading seven year or 100,000 miles warranty.

Any special deals?

All Kia models come with the industry-leading seven-year warranty.

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