The 2017 Kia Picanto will go on sale in the UK in May, costing from around £9450 in entry-level 1.0 1 guise.
For the first time in the Picanto's lifespan, the city car will gain sportily styled GT-Line and GT-Line S trims, which get more equipment, a muscular body kit, bespoke paintwork and a new steering wheel. These cost from £11,950 with the 1.0-litre engine, and top out the range in 1.25 GT-Line S trim, at £13,950.
The third-generation Picanto, which made its public debut at the Geneva motor show, will only be offered as a five-door model, following in the footsteps of its Rio supermini sibling, as the slow selling three-door struggled to find customers in the current generation car. Despite a longer wheelbase and shorter front overhang, though, the new car is no larger than its predecessor – but does offer more head and legroom as well as a larger boot inside.
On trims 3 and above, AEB comes as standard, but below this is a £350 option. 3 spec cars and above also get a 7in infotainment touchscreen.
As you’d expect, the Picanto’s engine range is based around frugal petrol engines. Both the current options – a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol with 66bhp and 71lb/ft of torque and a four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol with 83bhp – are carried over to this new car, but joining the range is a new turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol. With 99bhp, it’s the most powerful option in the range, and can propel the Picanto to 60mph in 10.1sec. It’s likely to also be the most economical option, although official MPG and CO2 figures have yet to be revealed.
The default gearbox choice is a five-speed manual, but a four-speed automatic is available as an option on the 1.25-litre petrol.
The Picanto’s brakes, steering and engine refinement have left us cold in the past, with the car far more ideally suited to tight urban streets than wider country roads or motorways. Kia claims to have addressed this with more soundproofing materials applied throughout to reduce engine vibrations and noise, and lowering the windscreen wipers by 6mm to eliminate wind noise at speed.