This is the three-door 1.25-litre Kia Picanto Halo, which doesn’t sound like anything interesting until it becomes evident that the Korean maker is marketing this car as a range-topping model, and is charging £11,695 for it.
So what does the Halo offer to justify its Fiesta-like price? Lots of equipment to go with the marginally sleeker looks, and that’s about it. This Halo edition includes heated steering wheel, front seats and wing mirrors, gloss white dash fascia, reversing sensors and alloy pedals, and various exterior additions such as chrome twin pipes (make your own judgements there).
Oddly, the three-door Picanto is only available in extremes, leaping from the base ‘1’ 1.0-litre model that forms the entry option for the whole line-up, to this 1.25 Halo model.
What’s it like?
Predictably it’s very similar to the five-door model. There are no changes to the mechanicals of the car, only to its cosmetics, but it does feel a touch sharper due to the stiffer body – honestly you’d need to drive it on track to notice.