The new Kia Picanto gets lashings of style and a good 1.2-litre petrol engine to make it a compelling choice in the city car market, but the Volkswagen Up makes for stiff competition
Kia Picanto X-Line 2018 review
The latest version of Kia's popular city car gains crossover styling. Will that broaden its appeal further?
Kia Picanto 1.25 MPI GT-Line 2017 review
The new Kia Picanto gets lashings of style and a good 1.2-litre petrol engine to make it a compelling choice in the city car market
The Kia Picanto is a budget city car with prices starting from under £10,000, but as with every model range, there’s scope to spend a load more if you venture up the range.
Despite the apparently questionable logic of spending a substantial percentage of the price of a basic Picanto 1 to acquire a GT-Line or GT-Line S version, Kia reports that almost a quarter of buyers choose these top-of-the line models. The reason, says Kia, is that it doesn’t cost so much to upgrade when you’re paying monthly on a PCP lease deal.
Along with bigger engines, these versions deploy a more energetic look with their enlarged alloys, racier bumper designs and red highlights, and the top GT Line S trim showers you with the kit of a grown-up car.
A wannabe grown-up car is what Kia’s new Picanto X-Line is all about, this faux crossover drawing inspiration from Kia’s larger crossovers. It rides 15mm higher than a standard Picanto, flaunting black plastic wheel arch extensions with short tongues that cut into the bodywork – just like a Land Rover’s – as well as black sill covers and reworked bumpers that add 75mm to its length.