The Kia Picanto has been around in Australia for a few years now and recently welcomed this new-generation model.
My colleague, Joel Helmes, sampled the car on the Australian launch – check out his review.
I have to say I mostly agree with the positive comments about this rather ‘bargain-basement’ offering.
Well the pricing might be bargain-basement, but the new Kia Picanto really doesn’t feel like that.
Taking on challengers like the Mitsubishi Mirage and Holden Spark in the micro-car segment, the Kia offering is a vehicle that could be a sensible, and dare I say enjoyable, companion to a young driver, or just someone who doesn’t need a lot of interior space.
Not surprisingly, it is small on the outside, and a breeze to park in even the tightest spaces, but it does offer ample room inside for four adults.
It is categorized as a five-seater, though getting one extra in the rear is a squeeze (no surprise).
As with all cars in this segment the cargo area is a little on the lean side, but with the rear seats folded down there’s better than expected room.
The interior and standard features, as has become a hallmark of Kia is good.
While some of the cabin highlights include attractive and easy to read instruments and well-designed seat.
Powered by a 1.2 litre engine, available with a manual or automatic transmission, the little Kia is certainly not the fastest car off the mark.
But there is adequate power for negotiating city traffic, as well as the open road.
The suspension offers a comfortable ride, but as with all cars with small wheels, negotiating road imperfections and speed bumps does require some sensible caution.
A small review for a very small car – the new Kia Picanto offers good value, great fuel economy and enough standard features to keep most micro car buyers happy.
Throw in Kia’s seven-year warranty and it isn’t hard to see why the Picanto is consistently one of the most popular cars in this segment of the market.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Kia Picanto
- Engine: 1.25 litre petrol producing 62kW/122Nm
- Transmission: Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic
- Safety: Not tested
- Warranty: Seven years
- Origin: South Korea
- Price: from $14,190(manual), $15,690 (automatic)