City cars aren't anything new for the Kia brand: back in 1991 its cheeky, low-cost and practical Pride heralded the arrival of the Korean manufacturer into the UK. The Pride morphed into the Picanto 6 years ago, but unlike that point in time, Kia's city car in its third generation now has the classy VW Up, the striking Toyota Aygo and the quirky Suzuki Ignis to contend with.
Kia hopes that this Picanto’s generous interior space, strong equipment levels and refined, grown-up driving experience will tempt buyers away from larger models.
Kia no longer offers a Picanto 3-door, so your only body option is a 5-door hatchback. With style-conscious twenty-something buyers to lure, Kia needed to work on impactful looks in its new Picanto in order to hold its own. The latest model builds on the stylish design of the Picanto Mk2, but with higher quality and better-equipped interior, more space, grown-up driving experience and extra personalisation. Kia even offers an SUV-style X-Line model for those after the crossover look.
Within the extremely competitive city car segment, the Kia Picanto has a job on its hands, facing stiff competition from the likes of the Hyundai i10, Toyota Aygo, and Volkswagen Up, to name just a few. Luckily, all of the key ingredients for a winning city car are present and correct in the Picanto, thanks to impressive interior dimensions for its size, a competitive price list and low insurance and everyday running costs. All of these attributes make it an enticing, likeable and easy-to-drive offering that should be on any city car buyer's shortlist.
“Meet the new Kia Picanto – a spacious compact city car that's big on practicality and safety, including 7-year of warranty.”