2016 Kia Picanto Review

2016 Kia Picanto Road Test and Review

The Kia Picanto was a long time coming to Australia, but the wait has proven to be worthwhile.

Battling it out in the micro-car segment against the likes of the Holden Spark and Mitsubishi Mirage, the new Kia comes with a price tag that offers value for your dollar.

2016 Kia Picanto interior

It’s also one of the easiest and quickest cars you could buy, simply because all you have to pick is the colour you want!

The Kia Picanto only comes in one model grade, called the Si, and it only comes with a four-speed automatic transmission.

So, simplicity is the key in this new Kia offering.

Priced from $14,990, there’s only the one paint colour that will affect that price, Midnight Black ($520).

While standard features in the Kia Picanto include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Adjustable steering column (tilt-only)
  • Four-speaker stereo (with inbuilt flash drive and CD player)
  • Bluetooth
  • Power windows (front and rear)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Power mirrors
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Central locking
  • Variable intermittent wipers

There’s also a five-star ANCAP safety rating with safety features including traction control, hill holder and stability control.

Fortunately, all three top-selling micro cars in Australia boast the top safety rating.

While the Kia Picanto is small on the outside, and a breeze to park in even the tightest spaces, it offers ample room inside for four adults.

Sure, it would be a tight squeeze for one extra in the rear, overall though it is surprisingly roomy.

As with all cars in this segment, the cargo area is a little on the lean side, but with the rear seats folded down, a sizeable load can be accommodated.

The interior is also comfortable enough with well-designed seats, good instrumentation and climate control.

While it may not be the fastest car off the mark, there is what you would say is more than adequate power for negotiating city traffic and it also fares pretty well on the open road.

The suspension offers a comfortable ride, but as with all cars with small wheels, negotiating road cracks and potholes does require some sensible caution.

2016 Kia Picanto

Powered by a 1.2 litre engine, fuel economy is excellent with a combined usage of just 5.3L/100km.

This figure is slightly down on the Holden Spark automatic (5.5L/100km), but more than the Mitsubishi Mirage auto (4.8L/100km).

Summing it up; the new 2016 Kia Picanto is extremely competitive on features, price and fuel economy.

It offers good value and will provide reliable and affordable transport.

One area where the Kia has an advantage over those competitors is warranty – the Kia coming with seven-years of coverage, as opposed to the three years on the Holden and five years for the Mitsubishi.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Kia Picanto Si

Engine: 1.2 litre petrol producing 62kW and 120Nm

Transmission: Four-speed automatic (only)

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: seven years

Origin: South Korea

Price: from $14,990

About Garry Fabian 102 Articles
Garry is a contributor to Behind the Wheel. He has been a freelance journalist for over 25 years across a wide range of subjects, including technical and health areas. He has written weekly car reviews and automotive articles and historic features for a number of newspapers and magazines.

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