Refreshed Kia Picanto – coming May 2017
Kia’s smallest model is being relaunched in May 2017 and the South Korean manufacturer is promising an innovative and fun-looking urban city car.
It’s a crowded and ultra-competitive sector, with many big brands tussling to get dominance. Kia certainly has its work cut out to muscle its way back in, but in the Picanto they have a worthy contender.
The Picanto benefits from the design influence of recent models such as the latest Rio and revised Sportage, having what has already been described as an ‘assertive stance with bolder body lines’.
Funky new colours and personalised interior
On the road, this translates to a beefier front end with Kia’s instantly recognisable Tiger Nose grille, plus LED lighting. There’s also a new and improved colour palette to choose from, with 11 paint options including quirky head-turning shades such as Lime Light and Pop Orange, along with the more understated Sparkling Silver and Aurora Black.
These paints are a clever attempt to attract a slice of the younger end of the driver market. This is further supported by giving customers a chance to put their own stamp on their car with a choice of five interior colour schemes too.
Add a totally refreshed cabin, with a tech pack that includes a centrepiece seven-inch touchscreen ‘floating’ up from the dashboard and it’s clear that Kia are serious about competing for market share.
New look with gadgets galore
They haven’t scrimped either, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also included, synching with smartphones to keep the driver connected while on the move. Kia also include wireless phone charging and SatNav with 3D mapping. Clearly, this suite of the very latest tech toys is there to entice the young gadget-hungry driver. Clever stuff, Kia!
Yet there’s more to a great new look to this head-turning city car. Kia have focused on cabin comfort too, creating more knee and leg space in the front and greater headroom for taller passengers in the back – so ideal for groups of friends. With best-in-class boot space of 225 litres, those same friends can pack a few bags and take off for a Picanto weekend away.
So, what’s it like out on the urban roads? Well, Kia tells us that its engineering boffins have made a number of modifications to the suspension and steering to make it more fun to drive. And it is!
Fun, bold and an exciting city drive
The steering certainly feels more responsive and the ride quality has improved significantly. So has the sound-proofing – with friends able to chat happily with hardly any road noise to disturb them.
Part of the added fun comes from a punchy new three-cylinder 98bhp engine; billed as the Picanto’s most powerful yet. Zooming from 0-62mpg in 10.1 seconds and reaching a top speed of 112mph, the car definitely gives its driver an adrenalin rush. Yet it’s surprisingly environmentally friendly, with CO2 emissions as low as just 89g/km – which keeps the annual road tax cost at bay.
This redesigned, revamped and refreshingly fun, bold and energetic new Picanto should certainly make people sit and take note. Especially those young and influential urban drivers.