Introducing the All-New Kia Picanto
The UK's Best Looking City Car
The All-New Kia Picanto is here! A comfy, dynamic-looking city car with a surprisingly good selection of tech inside. Made for cities with limited parking spots, the All-New Kia Picanto brings to the table more than a compact design that fits almost everywhere.
Plusher, more refined and better to drive than its predecessor, the cheap-to-run Picanto is an exciting class contender.
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Technology and Interior
The Picanto comes equipped with SatNav as standard, as well as Bluetooth, USB and 3.5mm aux connectivity, but it’s the inclusion of both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support that really catches the eye which works immediately when connected.
A voice recognition button on the steering wheel allows you to activate Google Assistant of Siri without you having to remove your hands from the steering wheel.
The new Picanto is also more practical, with a larger boot, up to 255 litres in capacity over the previous model’s 200-litre boot. Although there is plenty of legroom at the front for the driver and passenger, there is even more at the back for a comfortable journey.
Safety Features and Driver Assistance
The top-of-the-range GT Line-S model and models with grade 3 trim get a rear parking camera but weirdly no sensors. Safety features, however, are more impressive. Cars from grade 3 are equipped with AEB (autonomous emergency braking) and there’s also hill start assist and torque vectoring through braking for every Picanto in the range.
ESC (electronic stability control) and anti-lock brake sensors also to improve grip and security when cornering, gently braking the inside rear wheel if the car is running wide or the outer rear wheel if the back end begins to slide out.
Exterior Design and Performance
A quick look around the exterior of the all-new Kia Picanto reveals a similar shape to its predecessor however tweaks to the design and detailing of the grille and headlamps create a meaner, sleeker-looking exterior.
The new Picanto feels calm at motorway speeds and around twisting, hilly roads. The steering is also light and responsive and the gearbox feels solid and comfortable.
The one-litre version has a 0-60mph time of 13.8 seconds and the 1.25-litre gets there in 13.2 seconds. Remember, though, this is not a car designed for driving around in the Tuscan hills or long drags on the motorway. It’s a city car, designed for short hops to Ikea or to Waitrose for the weekly shop.
Brand New and Used Kia at Grovebury Cars
Here at Grovebury Cars, we have two Kia dealerships in Bicester and Dunstable offering the latest Kia models as well as a selection of approved used Kia vehicles. We have been representing the Kia brand for over a decade and stock the entire range including the All-New Kia Picanto, Kia Sportage, Kia Niro and more.