Kia Picanto Overview

The latest Kia Picanto city car made its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.

The car is longer than the previous model with an extended wheelbase.

It offers a choice of five-door and three-door body styles.

The Picanto has muscular wheel arches, low wide rocker panel and wide set alloy wheels.
Up front, the face of the Picanto has the company’s ‘tiger nose’ grille.

The ‘eyes’ of the tiger are formed by Picanto’s standard daylight running lights - with optional LED on EX models. There is a lower grille opening and the lights create a down-road graphic.

The front end design is followed by a body feature line along the flank and integrated exterior door handles.

From the rear, the Picanto’s design theme offers a large rear window framed by the rear lamp graphic and supported by a strong bumper section.

The three-door model has a unique treatment to C-pillar, bumpers and grille.

The 3.6-metre long Picanto is increased in length by 60mm while the wheelbase has grown by 15mm. The greater use of high-strength steel in the bodyshell has resulted in the latest model weighing a little less than its predecessor – up to 10kg less, depending on model.

The increase in dimensions means front legroom is up by 36mm while for cargo, trunk capacity has increased by 27 per cent to 200 litres.

The Picanto’s drag figure is Cd 0.31.

Projection-style headlamps and LED daytime running lights, rear combination lamps and high-level stop light are available as options on EX models.

On both LX and EX models there is a choice of 14-inch or 15-inch alloy wheels instead of the standard steel wheels.

Kia expects the three-door model to account for 33 per cent of Picanto sales.

The Picanto is manufactured at the Seosan plant in Korea and is available in a range of nine exterior colours for Europe – two solid and seven metallic.

The Picanto’s interior architecture sees a thick rimmed two-spoke steering wheel and the ‘three cylinder’ instrument cluster.

There are two interior environment colours - Ebony Black and Alpine Grey - in woven cloth for LX and woven/tricot cloth for EX. They are complemented by three  trim packages for EX models. Used Kia models will not benefit from these packs.

The Deluxe Pack adds full man-made leather upholstery and trim, while the Chic Pack features a mix of cloth and leather trim – both in Ebony Black. The range-topping Premium Sports Pack has woven tricot cloth/man-made leather in black or grey, plus a Supervision instrument cluster and alloy sports pedals.

The Picanto offers UV-reducing windscreen glass, automatically controlled air-conditioning, electric folding door mirrors, automatic light control with ‘escort’ and ‘welcome’ modes, passenger seat storage tray, under-floor storage box, retractable dual cup holders with mood lighting, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and a ‘gear shift indicator’ to encourage an economical driving style.

Other features available include smart-key entry system with engine start/stop button, AUX, iPod and USB connections for the RDS radio CD player with MP3 compatibility, Bluetooth hands-free with voice recognition, ‘active’ head restraints, driver’s knee airbag, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, reversing parking sensors, HAC (Hill start Assist Control) and engine start/stop automatic ISG that further enhances fuel economy.