Kia Picanto 2017 car review

By Cade Wilson

In developing the new Picanto, Kia has focussed on developing quality, technology and versatility. Bold exterior design is immediately noticeable and there is a lot going on up the front for such a small car! Kia’s description of the all-new Picanto is “Small but Perfectly Formed”.


Built upon a new platform using twice the amount of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) when compared to the outgoing model, the Picanto responds with a great handling package all thanks to the ANZAC suspension program. Interior space has increased giving more head and leg room, the boot has grown from 200Ltrs to a max of 255Ltrs which gives a generous 1,010L with the seats folded flat. 

A noteworthy safety addition has been added, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) this is included in all models as standard, a giant step in creating safer cars that don’t cost the earth. The ESC has been tasked with a new trick, torque vectoring by braking, this improves safety by maintaining vehicle directional stability in critical cornering conditions.

Vehicle styling very much depends on model, with LX and GT Line options differing with the GT receiving red or silver pin striping, new front fog lamps, projector head lights, indicators on the mirrors, twin exhaust tailpipes and sporty 16” alloy wheels as opposed to the 14” on the LX. Inside the car GT Line finishes include two-tone leather style upholstery, climate control (manual A/C for LX), Smart key with push button start/stop. All models include the usual features like USB charging and 12V AUX outlets, power windows, remote locking and controls on the steering wheel. 

Exterior styling changes to the front by way of a big front grille that extends to the new bigger, bolder headlights, and the radiator grille taking over most of the bumper. DRL’s are standard on both variants with LED’s used for the GT Line.

                           At a glance  
Models  Picanto LX (manual/ Auto) GT Line
Engine 1.litre 4-cylinder petrol
 Price From $18,490+orc
 ANCAP safety rating 4-Star
 Power 62kW
 Transmission 5-speed manual, 4-speed auto
 Fuel economy 5.0L/ 100km (manual), 5.8L/100km (auto)
Towing capacity  N/A
2WD/4WD/AWD   2WD Front
Seating capacity   5
Luggage capacity / payload  200-1,010Ltrs
                          Safety systems 
AEB VSM (vehicle stability management)
6-Airbags ESC


Hill-start assist control

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