To compete against the Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Up!, Kia came up with the new Picanto. But the question remains how it fares against these two. If one takes GT-Line or the GT-Line S versions of the Kia Picanto, it does give us an impressive performance. The entry level version of the Kia Picanto is abysmal to say the least as it is missing air conditioner, and other basic features. This 1.0 liter powered model gives a low output of 66hp whereas 1.25 liter engine gives 83hp with manual gearbox. The automatic gearbox is sluggish while changing gear.
The best purchasable option is the 1.0 liter T-GDi version which is taken from Kia Ceed and gives 99hp of output. The cabin of the Kia Picanto is quite good and especially with the two variants discussed above. The quality looks good and you won’t find many reasons to complain about. It has a boot space of 255 liters and which is much more than what Volkswagen Up! is offering. It also has 60:40 split folding rear seats and that comes in standard.
The steering of the Kia Picanto feels lights and the controlling is quite good during corner turns. If you stay around the city and looking for small car, then Kia Picanto is a safe bet and it won’t give any reasons for you to complain. There are lots of options available with the Kia Picanto and if you select majority of them you might end up paying around £14,000. It is more than what you pay for the entry level Ford Fiesta.