Kia Picanto new car review, UK price, picture gallery


With an eye on rivalling the success of the Volkswagen Up! GTI, Kia has redesigned its smallest and cheapest car, the Picanto, and added a turbocharged GT-Line S version to the line-up, said The Daily Telegraph. “It’s a recipe as old as time, but it works. Take a small car, sling in an engine from a bigger one, add sporty bits on the outside, and serve.” In this case, the result is a great, spacious car that is undeniably a lot of fun.

The Picanto is a “good-looking, dinky thing”, said Autocar, if a bit top-heavy from some angles. There are lots of options for paint colours and it has a sporty interior trim. The kit inside is also impressively generous for a small car: Kia’s latest infotainment system – complete with an 8in screen and smartphone mirroring – comes as standard, and there are plenty of physical buttons alongside the screen.

If you need to get about in anything approaching a rush, you’ll want the turbo 99bhp “monster”, which gets you from 0-60mph in 9.9 seconds, said Top Gear Magazine. The 66bhp version only manages 14.1 seconds. The turbo option can also be paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. The steering is sharp, and city driving in the Picanto is “a bit of a blast”. For a first car, or just one needed as a “runabout”, you can’t go far wrong here. UK price from about £9,250.

Kia Picanto: in pictures

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