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Introducing the Kia Picanto

Introduced in 2004, the original Kia Picanto was a robust and functional alternative to other city cars that were on the market. Fast forward to the present day, and the latest generation Picanto has clearly come on leaps and bounds, with a stylish design having been implemented throughout the whole car.

The latest entry into the Picanto family tree is more than just a pretty face though, because despite being a small car, it comes with grown-up driving manners and a host of other technologies that are usually found on larger cars.

As a result of the changes, the Picanto is more accomplished than ever and punches well above its weight class. Keep on reading to discover more about Kia's award-winning city car.

Design and Practicality

Kia Picanto Boot Space

Practicality isn't usually a city car's strong suit, but Kia have done an exceptional job of maximising the space available inside the Picanto.

For starters, each model across the range comes with five doors as standard, making access to the rear seats nice and easy. You can also fit a child's seat thanks to the addition of the Isofix anchor points in the back seats.

General room for passengers is good despite the Picanto's modest size, but we'd recommend one of Kia's bigger cars if you regularly have taller adults sat in the back. With 255 litres to play with, the boot can easily carry your weekly food shop. Fold the rear seats down and you get a smidgen over 1,000 litres of space at your disposal.

Technology and Safety

Kia Picanto Interior

There's a wide range of Picanto models to choose from, all of which come generously equipped as standard. For example, the entry-level version comes with Hill Start Assist, electric front windows and Automatic Headlight Control.

As you move up the range you start to unlock luxuries such as air-conditioning, LED daytime running lights, and cruise control. There's even a slick 7-inch multimedia system on higher grades, which brings Apple Car Play and Android Auto with it for the ultimate in smartphone connectivity.

There's a number of safety features available, which include:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Economy and Performance

Kia Picanto Exterior

The Picanto is available with a choice of three different petrol engines that are inexpensive to run and perfectly suited to the urban environment.

If you spend all of your time in the city, then the 67 bhp 1.0-litre model is ideal. It feels punchy in a small car like the Picanto, yet can still return over 55 mpg.

A larger 1.25-litre unit with 85 bhp feels more suited to those who delve into the city on a regular basis, but live in the suburbs. It feels more spritely without compromising on fuel efficiency, with close to 55 mpg possible.

The final option is a 1.0-litre that's been turbocharged. With 100 bhp and the turbo creating a decent amount of torque, this engine is a great all-rounder that is surprisingly quick.

A 5-speed manual is standard across the range, although you can opt for a 4-speed automatic gearbox.

Picanto Models


Kia Picanto 1

The Picanto 1 is the perfect small-town car. With USB and AUX ports and a 3.8 monochrome audio display, drivers will be entertained on every journey.

The Picanto 1 comes equipped with:

- Front electric windows
- Remote central door locking and fold-away key
- Automatic headlight control
- ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution
- Electronic stability control
- Vehicle stability management
- Hill-start assist control
- Twin front, side and curtain airbags
- 5 doors and 5 seat configurations


Kia Picanto 2

The Picanto 2 offers a sportier, higher-spec version of the Picanto 1. In addition to the standard specifications of the Kia Picanto, the Picanto 2 hosts some great technology as well as a more premium interior.

The Picanto 2 comes equipped with:

- 14" alloy wheels
- Air conditioning
- Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
- Rear electric windows
- 4-speaker audio system
- Bluetooth with music streaming
- Premium black cloth upholstery
- Steering wheel mounted controls
- Leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift


Kia Picanto 3

If it's high-spec technology you're looking for, the Picanto 3 is the car for you. In addition to the standard specifications, the Picanto 3 keeps drivers connected and entertained at all times with the addition of Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

The Picanto 3 comes equipped with:

- Autonomous emergency braking
- 15" alloy wheels
- Electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with LED indicators
- Automatic air conditioning
- 7" touchscreen satellite navigation
- 6-speaker audio system
- Cruise control and speed limiter
- Reversing camera system with dynamic guidelines
- Front fog lights

GT Line

Kia Picanto GT Line

The Picanto GT-Line is the sport variant of the Kia Picanto. With more aggressive looks and sporty styling, the Picanto GT-Line is certain to turn heads when you drive through town.

The Picanto GT-Line comes equipped with:

- Autonomous emergency braking
- 16" alloy wheels
- Sports front and rear bumpers with twin exhaust
- Body coloured side sill mouldings
- Stainless steel pedals
- Black and red faux leather upholstery
- Bi-function projection headlights
- LED daytime running lights
- LED rear lights
- Privacy glass (rear windows and tailgate)

GT Line S

Kia Picanto GT Line S

The Picanto GT-Line S is the highest-spec Picanto. The Picanto GT-Line S is the perfect mix of innovative technology to keep you connected, fantastic features to keep your passengers comfortable and stunning sporty style.

The Picanto GT-Line S comes equipped with:

- 7" touchscreen satellite navigation
- Automatic air conditioning
- Wireless phone charger
- Cruise control and speed limiter
- Rear parking sensors
- Heated front seats and steering wheel
- Electric sunroof

Test Drive the Picanto

As a well-rounded city car, the Kia Picanto is hard to beat. Each model is stylish and comes with some eye-catching colours, while the classy interior feels more premium than the price tag would suggest. With plenty of technology and an efficient range of engines, the Picanto deserves consideration if you're in the market for a city car. Plus, let's not forget that 7-year/100,000 miles warranty.

If you wish to explore the Picanto for yourself, then please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw Kia retailer today.