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2020 Picanto benefits from automated manual option and greater personalisation features
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1 October 2020

Kia has refreshed its smallest offering, the Picanto city car, with a host of upgrades to the interior, a range of more efficient engines and mild styling revisions. 

The Picanto does away with its 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol option, continuing with a pair of 1.0-litre options offering 66bhp or - in top-spec turbocharged cars - 99bhp. A switch from multi-port injection to dual-port fuel injection, alongside improved exhaust gas recirculation lines, optimised intake valve timing and improved thermal management, is said to make the engines more efficient.

Price lists open at £10,745, with entry-level cars specified in '1' trim and equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox. Mid-range 2 and 3 trims are priced from £12,245 and £13,745 respectively, with rugged X-Line cars costing from £13,395. Heading up the range is GT-Line S trim, at £15,795, which is available exclusively with the higher-output engine.

The 99bhp range-topper gains a new 350bar high-pressure injection system alongside improved cooling. The Picanto can be had with a new five-speed automated manual gearbox, claiming to offer the convenience of a normal automatic ’box combined with reduced fuel consumption and cost.

Equipped with the 66bhp engine, the Picanto covers the 0-60mph sprint in between 16.6 seconds with the automated gearbox or 14.1 seconds with the standard manual. The 99bhp car brings that time down to 9.9 seconds. Depending on spec, the Picanto is capable of achieving 52.3-58.9 MPG on the combined cycle and emits 110-123g/km of CO2.

Exterior changes are focused on the sporty GT-Line and rugged-looking X-Line models. These feature refreshed bumpers, redesigned front lights and LED rear lights, plus bespoke versions of the Picanto's 'tiger nose' grille. The rest of the range benefits from new colours and alloy wheel choices. 

The previous Picanto's 7.0in infotainment touchscreen has now been replaced with an 8.0in item. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, it can also pair with two different Bluetooth devices at the same time. The system features the latest version of Kia's UVO telematics, alongside an upgraded app-based system for a range of live, web-based functions. For example, users can check the location of the car and send route directions to the sat-nav system via their phone. 

Th interior also benefits from a range of bright colour packs and new upholstery options to liven it up. Additional safety kit available includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and a driver attention warning.  


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The new Kia Picanto gets lashings of style and a good 1.2-litre petrol engine to make it a compelling choice in the city car market, but the Volkswagen Up makes for stiff competition

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3 June 2020

This seems to be rather an overstatement judging from the description. More likely it's just bringing the Picanto into line with the latest Hyundai i10 which presumably had the same changes along with the automated 5-speed manual option. Dual port injection sounds like a cost saving measure compared with the previous multi port arrangement - but "optimised intake valve timing" suggests these engines now run an Atkinson cycle mode under light load, which would improve efficiency. 

3 June 2020
This "Volkswagen Up rival" could do with taking a leaf from the rivals book and ditching the engine completely. Kia have a world beating electric CSUV with the Niro. To really appeal to the wider market. Making the Picanto fully electric would, in my view, prepare the company for the future and give them an market opportunity that will not exist for long.

1 October 2020

Not a bad update at all,the Picanto is an honest little car, the entry level car covers all the basics at a keen price and if you want something more fancy,that's available too. The styling  and interior tweaks plus the choice of new colours and wheel choices give buyers greater options for personalization. 

1 October 2020

For many older people who buy this type of car, paying an extra £8K to £10K for an EV when they do 2 or 3000 miles a year is not viable. We thought about this when buying a new i10 and could not justify the extra cost to ourselves.

1 October 2020

Must admit, I do quite enjoy jumping out of my big lumbering SUV into my kids 1.0 Picanto now and then, it is fun rowing through the gears to get the most out of it and its so agile. 'wen I wer a lad' an all that kinda thing.. As mentioned its a good honest little car.

1 October 2020

But this time it's only £300 on the entry version and £500 on the top spec model.

Kind of getting used to every car facelift, even a mild one, meaning 'add 20% to the price' as the norm these days so this is almost a 'pleasant' surprise.

Shame the 1.0 T-GDi engine won't be available on models without all the tacking plastic add-ons though.

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