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Kia Picanto colours guide

The Kia Picanto is a stylish city-car that rivals the VW Up. It’s one of the cheapest cars on sale today and benefits from a seven-year warranty, a great interior and decent equipment.

It’s offered with a choice of six finishes – one solid paint and five metallic shades. We’ve investigated them below along with the minimum trim level required to get that colour, and its starting price. For more information on what each different type of finish is, check out our car paint types guide.

Solid colour

There’s only one solid finish for the Picanto. Generally speaking, solid colours don’t sparkle in bright light as well as metallic colours, so often buyers avoid them. However, the Picanto is a cheap car and most buyers want to keep the purchase cost down – most of the Picantos configured through carwow are in this no-cost colour.

Clear white – £0

White perfectly suits the Picanto’s shape and it will be easy to re-sell. The downside is that you’ll be making frequent trips to the car wash because white is a pig to keep clean.

Metallic colours

A metallic finish is achieved by adding small aluminium flakes to the paint. This makes the paint shinier in bright sunlight and it appears deeper than solid paints.

Bright silver – £0

Silver cars are usually very easy to sell on the second-hand market, so it’s a safe choice if you plan to change cars regularly and care about the residual value of your Picanto. It is the most inconspicuous shade you can have the Picanto in, so it’s ideal if you’re happy to blend in.

Galaxy black – £0

Black’s a truly timeless colour and will never go out of style. To our eyes the Picanto looks great in black, and you’ll do a good job of forgetting that it’s one of the cheapest cars on sale. Be warned though: black doesn’t hide dirt as well as you might think, so be prepared to wash it regularly to keep it looking tip-top.

Blaze red – £0

This is definitely the shade for anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd. Having a cheap car doesn’t mean you can’t show off a bit, and the blaze red Picanto proves that. The finish is available for the cheapest trim level and should hide dirt pretty well.

Honey – ‘SR7′ trim level £1,050

The first of the finishes that require the more expensive trim levels is honey yellow. It’s bright, cheerful and easily spotted in a sea of silver and white cars. Squint a bit and it looks a bit like a small Italian city car from the 1990s – the Fiat Cinquecento.

Atlantic blue – ‘2’ trim level £1,350

Atlantic Blue is another colour that helps give the Picanto a more upmarket feel, and it’s unlikely to look dirty very quickly. When it comes to move on from Picanto ownership it will be easy to re-sell because it’s a colour that makes the car stand out for all the right reasons. It is, however, a bit dull compared to the other bright finishes.

Fuchsia blush – ‘2’ trim level £1,350

Fuschia Blush is a rather lovely shade of pink. It’s as flashy as it is classy, and adds to the Picanto’s cute looks. It’s the least popular option sold through carwow, and it’s likely to be an unpopular choice on the used market – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it if you like it.

Find out more about the Kia Picanto

If you like how the Picanto looks why not head over to our full, aggregated, review. If you are so in love with the Picanto that you need to buy it right now then head over to our car chooser to see how much you can save. If you’re not sold on the Picanto then have a look at our deals page to see the latest discounts on other cars.

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