Dec 112015

Aiming to inform all the Reliability Index , made possible by Warranty Direct, helps car owners find out how reliable their vehicle will be in the years to come after the manufacturer’s warranty expires.

Taking factors into account include breakdowns, age, mileage and car efficiency, the results help inform motorists what to possibly expect with their cars.

This week’s car: Kia Picanto (2004-2011)








Reliabilty Index Score: Good

If ever there was a car that turned round a company’s fortunes it was the Picanto, which proved Kia was capable of producing genuinely great cars. With its relatively generous equipment levels, spacious cabin and generally excellent build quality, the Picanto is surprisingly good to drive too, while running costs are commendably low. Most Picanto owners have also enjoyed excellent reliability too; it’s no wonder the Picanto is so sought after.

Written by Richard Dredge

What’s great about this car?

Spacious cabin / Value / Reliability / Looks / Agility

What’s not so great?

Sluggish / Tiny boot

Things to keep an eye on

  • Handbrakes can fail once the car has been left; the rear discs cool and contract.
  • The Picanto is popular with driving schools, so look at who has owned the car before.
  • Crankshaft retaining bolts can wear or break, wrecking the engine.
  • There’s a canister of foam instead of a spare wheel, but the well in the boot floor can accommodate a full-sized wheel.
  • If the idle speed is all over the place when the car is started, it’s usually a sticking idle speed control or faulty throttle positioning sensor.
  • Anti-roll bar bushes dry out, leading to creaking from the steering.
  • No chassis number in the bottom of the windscreen? This can mean that the screen has been replaced.
  • Oil on the underside of the engine suggests the crankshaft oil seal has failed.

For more in-depth details of this car, visit the page at the Reliability Index.


Jan 132011

40Promotion by Kia has fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Authority and has been changed after advertisements were ruled to be misleading.

The ASA ruling referred to the car maker not making it clear that its publicised seven-year warranty did not highlight the varying periods of cover for different parts such as batteries and air conditioning units and it did not give enough prominence to the 100,000-mile limit. Continue reading »