Kia Picanto

General Description:

The Kia Picanto is a stylish entry-level city-car available in European markets. The same car is marketed as Kia Morning in South Korea. This is the smallest Kia car available in the market which flaunts a distinctive exterior design, modern safety technology and spacious interior. Having matured it over the years, Kia has positioned this car to challenge the best in small car segment. The latest Kia Picanto supermini comes with sporty styling and good range of equipment. Apart from its good looks the car gives you the best small-car ride experience and value for your money.

Models:

There are two models of Picanto available in the market: 3-Door and 5-Door.

Exterior Styling:

The exterior styling of the vehicle is resplendent with Peter Schreyer’s influence in every detail. The signature front face, widened bumper, neat and angular rear lights are particularly remarkable. It’s not only Kia’s most stylish car; it’s the best looking car in the market in comparison to other competitors. It’s also a longer car than the earlier versions and comes with a stylish 14-in alloy wheels. The higher-trim has the option to go for 15-in alloy wheels.

Interior Design:

Get inside the Picanto and you will invariably notice the stylish steering-wheel. The quality of materials used inside the car is excellent. The dash implementation is perfect and you do not have to toil hard to access the amenities. The switchgear is convenient for the driver and the buttons are perfect to operate. The cabin gives enough space for the driver and there’s ample leg-space for the passengers as well.

Engine:

The vehicle comes in three engine options. The choice and availability might vary as the car is sold across various Asian and mainly in European countries. Here are the engine options:

  • Kappa 1.0 MPI engine
  • Kappa 1.0 FFV engine
  • Kappa 1.25 MPI engine

See our blog for more detailed inspection of the car from other parameters.

Trims:

Generally there are two trim levels: 1 and 2, but that might again vary depending on the country where it’s sold. The higher trim level has some additional features apart from the standard ones and you may also have amenities from available options at additional costs.

Safety:

This car gives you some of the best safety features like the following which is very impressive for its class:

  • 4-sensor rear parking assistance
  • Vehicle stability management system
  • Hill assistcontrol system
  • Front and side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability control system

Performance:

Picanto’s 1.0L 3-cylinder petrol is the best small car engine and it gives you a nice acceleration. The 1.25L 4-cylinder petrol gives you slightly better power and acceleration.

New Addition:

The demand for small car is always there in European market. Sensing that, Kia has launched a LPG version of Picanto in Europe in 2014. The Picanto LPG features a 3-cylinder 1,0L engine, producing 49kW (67ps) and 90 Nm of torque. Read more about Picanto LPG from our blog.

The new variant gives fuel economy in LPG mode of 5.8l / 100km and CO2 emissions of 100g/km.The automatic stop-start (ISG) equipped models achieving 5.6l / 100km and 97g/km. Kia also gives an amazing 7-year warranty which is unique for a LPG powered vehicle. This model is also available in two variants, 3-door or 5-door, like the other Picantos. Read our blog for more on engine specifications and horsepower ratings here.

More about Picanto:

The Kia Picanto is recognized as the best-selling car in Israel according to the latest sales figures released by the car maker.  It’s a tough challenger in small-car class and makes things difficult in terms of popularity and affordability for the like of Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Up.

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