Review Kia Picanto 2017
Kia Picanto is a cheap car. There are two ways about it. But that doesn’t mean what it used to be.
Not long ago, when our cheapest cars were made from old Coca-Cola cans, they were technologically developed like a shoe horn and would provide all the structural integrity. The structure of an easter egg if you encounter the unfortunate accident
But this new Picanto is not any of them. For one, it is nice to consider. Plus, it’s filled with smart safety things like reversing cameras and rear parking sensors. And it will mirror your smartphone so you can play music or display navigation instructions on the inside 7.0-inch screen.
So it’s cheap, but not really “cheap” at all.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
You aren’t really spoiled for choice with Picanto, with a trim level (S) offered, possible with an automatic or manual transmission.
The price is a bit mysterious, with an official starting point of $ 14,190 for the manual version, but with Kia hints so much that it would actually be $ 13,990 to drive in any of its dealerships. However, the auto is a bit simpler, with a simple price of $ 15,690.
No problem, nothing escapes it as a price lead. The fabric seats, 14-inch wheels have center caps on them, and the plastic inside is hard rock. But there were some important updates, and important, inside. The new 7.0-inch touch screen, mounted high above, is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and that means that, provided you have a smartphone in range, you will have be standard satellite navigation.
Among other new things is cruise control and automatic headlights, which are attached to the standard (really, quite spacious) feature list of outgoing models. Therefore, power windows in both rows, halogen halogen lamps and keyless entry still appear, along with rear fog lamps, electric mirrors (and heating) and a 2.6 driver display inch in the middle of the traditional dial in the instrument case.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
It’s as playful as your morning cup of coffee, Picanto. The car’s designers – it’s a joint work between teams in South Korea and Germany – have expanded the appeal of the car by strengthening its character compared to the model that goes out, ironing out Sharp creases run along the body length and create bigger and wider grille.
We quite like its appearance, especially from the front, starting to narrow down at the headlights before widening as it falls into the shark mouth, shark grille.
There are a few changes to the blink of an eye and you’ll remember them, like a redesigned boot handle, a C-shaped tail light and a new license plate cover. But overall, we think it looks quite attractive.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
Kia stole Peter to pay Paul here. Of course, on the condition, Peter is sitting in the back seat and Paul is sitting in the front.
Although the length and width of Picanto does not change, it is higher than 5 mm and located on the base axis longer than 15mm. And while those numbers appear to be microscopes, Kia used them to rock the interior setup, adding head, shoulders and leg room to the front seat passengers, but stealing a little bit. space from people in the backseat.
But the Tardis is really a boot, now offering up to 255 liters (+55 liters) of luggage space with the back seat in place, and 1010 liters (+140 liters) that really impress with the foldable rear seats. 60/40.
Front-seat passengers share two cupholders, and have USB, auxiliary and power connections in the dashboard, along with room in the bottle doors. Sometimes, there are also small things that you appreciate, such as the integrated phone holder under the multimedia display large enough to hold one of the new jumbo-sized iPhone Plus smartphones so that it won’t slip around. cabin when you plug into the USB point.
The back seat is a bit barren. There is a single seat bag and a single cup holder for those who ride your backseat to more Hunger Games, and that’s about it. There are no pockets in the door or pull-down divider, but you get automatic window control.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 6/10
As long as an engine is available, a unit of 1.25-liter petrol will produce 62kW of power without acceleration at 6000 rpm and 122Nm slightly improved at 4000 rpm. It is paired with a new five-speed manual in the cheapest model or four-speed automatic in the more expensive version, with both power delivered separately to the front wheels.
How much fuel does it consume? 9/10
It was impressive frugally. Poorly sipping 5.0 liters per hundred kilometers on the required cycle / combination in manual vehicles and 5.8L / 100km in automatic. But even after some, well, powerful driving on a twisted backward path, numbers still sit just above 5.8L / 100km in auto, and 4.8 in the manual.
Emissions are pegged at 117 grams per km C02 in manual vehicles and 134g / km in auto.
If it wasn’t the most dynamic car in its segment, it would be closed.
What safety devices are equipped? What is a safety assessment? 8/10
When we drove the old car, we pointed out that the current major lack of safety is often expected to be present and occupied, but this new model addresses most of those concerns.
There are six airbags (dual front, front and curtain pockets) and rear parking sensors, just like the old model. But new for 2017 is a reversing camera, a new braking torque vectoring system and what Kia calls ‘Straight Stability’ – designed to keep the vehicle tracked straight under heavy braking. Kia is also pushing hard to introduce AEB this year.
Kia Picanto has not been evaluated by ANCAP in Australia yet.
What is the cost to own? What warranty is provided? 9/10
Kia’s ownership offer really can’t be beaten, and the Picanto is backed by the brand’s seven-year / km unlimited warranty with price-limiting service and roadside assistance throughout the time. This is not only very good but also the best in the Aussie industry.
What does it like to drive? 7/10
Because the last car was really just a case study, Kia never bothered with it during the suspension and steering control adjustments that put the rest of its vehicle. But this new Picanto underwent full treatment, and the results were very good. If it wasn’t the most dynamic car in its segment, it would be closed.
But those changes were reduced a bit by the combination of the majority of engine gearboxes. The engine feels lethargic on anything that is steeper than a gentle, and four-speed automatic becomes nervous and noisy when you have your foot pinned. Which you will have. Great number of.
Things are a lot better, though, in the new 5-speed manual, where you can squeeze every ounce of power out of the engine, but Kia tells us the market shifting itself is very small. But if it were us, we would take the cheaper manual every day of the week.