2020 Kia Picanto city car revealed: price, specs and release date

Kia's highly rated city car gets engine and infotainment upgrades for 2020...

2020 Kia Picanto front

On sale Late 2020 | Price from £10,500 (est)

One-upmanship is a common thing to see in the car world. The Kia Picanto, for example, was until recently our favourite city car, but then the new Hyundai i10 came along and stole its crown. So now, only a few months on, Kia is updating its smallest model in the hopes of becoming the cream of the crop once more.

As well as mild styling tweaks designed to give GT-Line and X-Line versions of the Picanto a more muscular shape, this facelift also brings new alloy wheel designs to allow owners to personalise their cars. 

2020 Kia Picanto interior

2020 Kia Picanto interior

Inside, the current car’s 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system has grown to 8.0in, while a new 4.2in display in the instrument cluster puts the most relevant information right in front of your eyes. It can now deliver sat-nav instructions on your route and provide location information, plus diagnostics should something go wrong, in conjunction with a new smartphone app.

Kia says it has also improved some of the materials used inside the Picanto – something that often blights cars in this class. Again, buyers can choose a range of coloured trim packs to make their car their own.

2020 Kia Picanto rear

2020 Kia Picanto engines

The biggest change is under the bonnet, where a new range of more efficient petrol engines power the Picanto. There are two non-turbocharged petrol engines: a 66bhp 1.0 and an 83bhp 1.2. The range-topping choice is a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 99bhp, and this is likely to be the best fit for most drivers.

A new five-speed automated manual gearbox is also available for the first time. Automated manuals are not fully automatic gearboxes, but they look and behave like one, so this could be a good choice for drivers who face lots of stop-start traffic.

Although Kia hasn’t yet confirmed what will be standard on the updated Picanto, the available safety systems now include lane-keeping assistance, a driver attention monitor and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection.

2020 Kia Picanto front

2020 Kia Picanto price

Prices will rise slightly to start at around £10,500, making the Picanto still comfortably cheaper than rivals such as the Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Up. Anyone worried about reliability will be glad to hear that Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty hasn’t changed, either.

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