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KIA Picanto

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Kia Picanto

Highlights

  • Low running costs
  • Smart inside and out
  • Spacious for a city car

Arval’s pick of the range:

Kia Picanto 1.2 SE

Kia Picanto - Overview

The Picanto is Kia’s city car and the smallest model in its range. The latest version was launched in 2017 and is likely to prove as popular as previous versions due to its low running costs, attractive styling and smart cabin. It’s also refreshingly simple to make your choice of specification: it’s a five-door only and options are limited to three petrol engines, two transmissions and a few trim levels.

 

DRIVING

What is the Kia Picanto like to drive?

In its element on city streets, the Picanto is among the more comfortable small cars on sale; the ride quality is impressive for a city car and the Kia copes well with potholes and speed bumps. It’s very refined for a car of its size too, and does a great job of keeping out road and wind noise, even on A-roads and motorways. Visibility is excellent too; often a bugbear for hatchbacks designed for urban use, the Kia is not at all hamstrung by large, obstructive pillars – couple that with its diminutive size and it’s really easy to park. Light steering also helps with low-speed manoeuvres and it has a nice, tight turning circle. The 1.0 three-cylinder and 1.25 four-cylinder engines are ideally suited to nipping around town and they perform very well for their size. The larger engine is even better for drivers who need to venture out of urban environments.

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 1.0 MPI 66hp, 101g/km CO2 (19% BIK), 64.2mpg
  • 1.0 T-GDI 99hp, coming later in 2017
  • 1.25 83hp, 106-124g/km CO2 (20-23% BIK), 52.3-61.4mpg

 

Gearboxes:

  • 5-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic

Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2? Then why not try our calculator to help you work out your running costs.
 

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

Kia Picanto trim levels explained

The Kia Picanto has great levels of standard equipment and a straightforward range of trim levels, spanning 1, 2, 3, SE, GT-Line and GT-Line S. Key items of specification are:

 

1

  • USB & aux sockets
  • Front electric windows
  • Remote central locking
  • Hill-start assist control
  • 60:40 split-folding rear seats

 

2 (in addition to 1)

  • Air conditioning
  • Front fog lights
  • Bluetooth with music streaming
  • Leather trimmed steering wheel
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • 14” alloys

 

3 (in addition to 2)

  • 15” alloys
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • 7” sat nav screen
  • DAB radio
  • Apple Carplay & Android Auto

 

GT Line (in addition to 2)

  • Sport bumpers and a twin exhaust
  • 16” alloys
  • LED day running lights
  • Privacy glass

 

GT Line S (in addition to GT Line)

  • Wireless phone charger
  • 7” sat nav screen
  • DAB radio
  • Apple Carplay & Android Auto

 

How to spec the Kia Picanto

The mid-level SE trim offers an excellent balance between economy and specification. It includes key equipment for company car drivers such as rear parking sensors, a USB port and automatic air conditioning. Bluetooth is also carried over from the entry-level 1 model and the addition of alloy wheels is both smart and beneficial for residual values. A little extra power is also worth having, so the 1.25-litre engine is a great choice, especially because CO2 emissions start at just 106g/km.

Kia Picanto interior – what’s it like?

The new generation Picanto really upped the game in terms of its interior. The cabin is stylish and well built, more so than you might expect from an affordable small car. It’s well thought-out inside too. Kia made the wheelbase of the current car longer than that of its predecessor, so there’s additional room inside. There’s more space than you would expect from your average city car in the back and the fact that all Picantos have five doors gives them the edge over three-door alternatives. A 255-litre boot is class-leading and the back seats split, fold and flat, which gives you even more space.

THE ALTERNATIVES

Kia Picanto alternatives

Other models to consider include the Citroen C1, Hyundai i10, Peugeot 108, Renault Twingo, SEAT Mii, Skoda Citigo, Toyota Aygo and Volkswagen Up.

VERDICT

Verdict

Sharp looks inside and out, a simple range and low running costs render the Picanto a brilliant all-round city car. Excellent standard kit and CO2 emissions from 101g/km make it fitting for company car drivers in need of a small car, especially those who do the majority of their driving in town.

CONTACT US ABOUT THIS VEHICLE

We are here to answer all your questions, please give us a call to discuss anything you might want to know, or drop us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively you can request a call back from one of our advisors.

 

 

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