2017 Kia Picanto: UK specs and prices announced
Kia has revealed specs and list prices for the all-new Picanto supermini, before the first ones hit UK roads in May.
The new Picanto offers a bigger and much more practical interior, as well as updated infotainment tech, and is available from launch with a choice of two engines, while a sportier turbocharged model is in the works too.
Created by Kia’s design centres in Namyang, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany, the new Picanto looks to further its predecessor’s success in the city car segment.
With a 2,400mm wheelbase (15mm longer than the outgoing model) it pushes the wheels further out into each corner for a more confident appearance and tighter turning circle. It also comes complete with Kia's trademark grille, LED lighting tech and a variety of paint options.
Inside the quieter and more spacious cabin, there’s a range of high-tech comfort, convenience and safety features. The cabin design is built around a seven-inch floating touchscreen which will feature the usual perks such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as wireless phone charging and 3D mapping for the sat-nav.
The longer wheelbase also means improved comfort and, in addition to this, the dashboard has been moved up by 15mm for greater knee and leg space for drivers. A handy central armrest with built-in storage also gives the Picanto a practical edge over some of its rivals in the class too.
The city car comes with a choice of either four or five seats, and in the rear there’s enough space for taller adults on shorter journeys.
This additional space also means the Kia Picanto offers best-in-class boot space of 255 litres (an increase of 55 litres on the outgoing model) – this increases to 1,010 litres with the rear seats folded which is again the biggest in this segment.
Comfort and refinement aren’t the only improvements though. Kia’s engineers have made a series of modifications to the suspension and steering in an effort to make the new Picanto a more fun drive. With more immediate steering inputs and the aforementioned longer wheelbase, ride quality and stability has been radically improved. In addendum, the new Picanto is the first car in its class to offer torque vectoring by braking.
There will be a choice of 1.0 and 1.2-litre multi-point injection engines at launch, while a turbocharged 99bhp unit of the 1.0-litre engine will be available later in the year. All make use of a five-speed manual transmission, while the 1.2 version is also available in four-speed automatic.
Trim-wise, there’s a choice between ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’. Entry-level ‘1’ cars are rather spartan, but mid-range ‘2’ and ‘3’ get the likes of air con, Bluetooth, leather-trimmed steering wheel, that 7in touchscreen infotainment system, a rear parking camera and even Autonomous Emergency Brakes (AEB).
Range-topping models come in GT-Line guise, that adds the likes of a wireless phone charger, electric sunroof, heated front seats, start/stop tech and a TomTom satnav system.
Lease prices are to be confirmed, but entry-level Picantos get a list price of £9,450, rising to £13,950 for the range-topping GT-Line S. If you can’t wait to get a new one, check out these lease deals on the current Picanto that cost less than £125 per month…