Kia’s new Picanto goes on sale

To take on the ever-developing city car market, Kia has brought its new Picanto to the market, with prices starting at £8,835.

The third-generation Picanto comes in five trim lines – 1,2,3, GT-Line and GT-Line S – and customers can choose between two petrol engines and two transmission options. A third engine – a 1.0-litre T-GDi turbo petrol – will also be available later in 2017.

Due to the decreasing popularity of a the three-door layout, the Picanto is only available in a five-door format, improving practicality and access to the back seats. 

Although the shape is similar to the previous version, the new Picanto is much sportier and includes more accessories and styling features than before, which helps make it a distinctive option in the supermini market.

From the base ‘1’ spec, the Picanto comes with electric front windows, AUX and USB connection, automatic headlight control, hill start assist, 60:40 split rear seats and six airbags, which are all essentials for a city car.

Trim level ‘2’ offers much more for a small premium, such as Bluetooth streaming, rear electric windows, exterior chrome detailing and 14-inch alloy wheels, the increase in cost is worth the expense.

Grade ‘3’ comes with a ‘floating’ seven-inch touchscreen infotainment and sat-nav system, autonomous emergency braking, rear parking camera and sensors and cruise control, showing that the Picanto has premium features for a reasonable cost.

The GT-Line and GT-Line S models come with more upmarket accessories and a sportier look that help to make them both attractive propositions, especially with a 1.25-litre 83bhp petrol engine under the bonnet.

Picanto pricing starts at £8,835 for the ‘1’ fitted with the smallest 1.0-litre, 66bhp petrol engine and the range is topped by the GT-Line S model at £13,950. For more information on the new Picanto, contact your nearest JCT600 Kia Castleford today.

Added: 02 May 2017

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