Kia dropped a toe in the water with second generation Picanto a couple of years ago and it sold in enough numbers to convince Kia to go ahead with gen III.

It’s an interesting, cheap to run,  tiddler-size, five-door hatch with a mix of old and new technology and a smattering of advanced driver assist technology.

Looks good though, certainly better than any of its direct competitors.

Exterior

Easily the best looking tiny-tot, the Kia Picanto bears the stamp of master car designer Peter Schreyer all over it.

The chunky front flows into sharp style lines on the side to the angular tail. It looks robust and is a practical shape with plenty of headroom and seats for four inside along with a reasonable boot.

Access is easy through large doors and the size of the Picanto pays huge dividends in town for parking and the ducking and weaving associated with driving there.

With minimal overhangs front and rear, you always know where the Kia Picanto is positioned and the glasshouse is big enough to afford excellent visibility in all directions.

Small 14″ steel wheels detract a bit but the overall look is good.

kia picanto interiorInterior

Inside is a fairly hard, grey space with no centre armrest but the design of the dash is attractive centred on a large info’ screen and an instrument pod in front of the driver.

Numerous controls are positioned on the wheel or close to the driver in a cockpit sort of arrangement.

Not much seat adjustment is available but I found the driver’s seat acceptable, others complained. Upholstery is a serviceable grey fabric.

The audio system is acceptable but the touchscreen controller is too slow to boot up with activated apps.

Bluetooth audio needs a full hook-up routine once you switch off the car – even for refuelling. It’s frustrating.

Features

Kia has been clever with specs on Picanto providing just enough kit to put a smile on your dial but they didn’t overspend that’s for sure.

It gets:

  • Cruise control
  • Auto headlights
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Reversing camera
  • OK trip computer
  • Handy storage compartments
  • Decent size info touchscreen

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