I HAVE just driven the new upgraded version of the Kia Picanto and found it continues
I HAVE just driven the new upgraded version of the Kia Picanto and found it continues to hold its own in the feisty city car sector.
The new car features a big package of styling, re-engineering and specification revisions and a new trim grade, SR7, which replaces the former VR7 model. There is also significantly more equipment.
This car is well worth testing yourself if you are thinking of buying a small car. You will find the signature details of all Kia cars that are contributing to its present success are here in abundance.
All versions — three- and five-door — have a revised front end, featuring new headlights, a new bumper design with vertical foglamp housing and a restyled rear bumper.
From this autumn production the 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre Kappa engines meet EU6 emissions regulations and develop more torque at lower rpm.
There are new, eight-spoke, petal-shaped 14-inch alloy wheels exclusive to the five-door grade two model, which also benefits from the option of striking Atlantic Blue metallic paint. This is also offered on the five-door grade 3. SR7 versions in both body styles are exclusively offered with Honey Bee Yellow metallic paint.
The interior of every model now has chrome rings on the three-cylinder instrument cluster and chrome accents on the air vent knobs, plus a high-gloss black finish to the gear selector, adding to the already high-quality look and feel of the car.
Compared with the previous VR7, SR7 models now benefit from privacy glass and automatic lights, while the five-door grade four version which sits at the top of the Picanto range gains cruise control with a speed limiter.
Every model has an upgraded audio system with fewer buttons and faster responses.
The new Kia Picanto, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last March, is now on sale in the UK priced from £8,345 for the three-door version and £8,545 for the entry-level five-door.