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The best Kia Picanto alternatives

The Kia Picanto is a popular choice among city car buyers for good reason: it’s cute to look at, well-built inside, and its compact dimensions make it an ideal choice for town driving.

There is a wide range of talented competition at this price point, however, so what else is out there? We’ve taken a look at five of the best alternatives. Not sold on any? Put the Kia Picanto in our car configurator to see the savings carwow could help you get.

Fiat 500

Those who want a city car to be seen in should look no further than the Fiat 500. Taking a generous heap of inspiration from the adorable 1950s original, the contemporary car’s styling is very pleasing on the eye, whether viewed from afar or from behind the wheel.

On the move, the tiny size helps it to zip through all manner of gaps, and the 500’s frugal 0.9-litre turbocharged TwinAir engine gives it a unique character.

Put the Fiat 500 in our car configurator to see the deals carwow could help you get.

Peugeot 108

The Peugeot 108 was developed as one of triplets – the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo are almost identical under the skin – and each boast similar strengths and weaknesses.

All of the controls are light, and they help to make the 108 a a very easy car to drive around town. The dashboard is kept uncluttered by a seven-inch touchscreen which controls the infotainment functions. A choice of two different engines promise as much as 74.3mpg, so running costs are very competitive.

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Renault Twingo

Although it’s not immediately apparent from the cutesy looks on the outside, the Renault Twingo takes a very different approach to the city car formula. While the other alternatives here feature an engine ahead of the driver, powering the front wheels, the Twingo is both rear-engined and rear-wheel drive.

This comes with two major benefits. First, the cabin can be pushed forward, providing excellent passenger space for a car of this size. The second is manoeuvrability. With fewer mechanical components at the front to obstruct the wheels, the Twingo’s turning circle is a tiny 8.6 metres – that’s almost on a par with a London taxi! With the 89hp turbocharged petrol engine sitting beneath the boot, it’s a hoot to drive.

See what offers are available using our Renault Twingo configurator.

Dacia Sandero

The Kia is one of the more spacious cars for the money, but it can’t compete with the Dacia Sandero in terms of cost or room. The Sandero’s cabin is more accommodating in the front, the back and in the boot. Four adults can sit in decent comfort in the Sandero, which isn’t the case for every car on this list.

The crucial plus point, however, it its price. From a little more than £8,300, the Kia is priced competitively, but for £250 more it’ll be possible to bag a more powerful and more fuel efficient diesel Sandero. On a strict budget? Good news though: the entry-level Sandero is the cheapest car on sale in the UK, with prices starting at £5995.

See the deals offered with our Dacia Sandero configurator.

Volkswagen Up

As city cars go, there are very few which feel quite so accomplished as the Volkswagen Up. The Up’s interior looks youthful, but is built to a standard that exceeds what you’d expect from such a relatively cheap car. Better still, it’s great to drive, flaunting a mix of nippy handling and amicable comfort, as long as you stay away from the models with sports suspension.

The choice is expanded further once you realise that both the SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo were co-developed with the VW. Each car is near identical mechanically, but bears subtle styling and specification changes.

Spec up a Volkswagen Up in our car configurator to see the savings on offer.

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Put the Kia Picanto in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save. For more options, head over to our car chooser which will help you narrow down the cars on sale to ones that suit you.

Volkswagen Up

A stylish and well-built city car
£9,325 - £13,245
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Renault Twingo

Small city car's clever design makes it nimble and spacious
£10,750 - £13,455
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