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New Kia Picanto 2017 review verdict and spec

The Kia Picanto receives a new look, a new engine and improved handling for 2017. Is it enough to place it at the top of the city car class?

Words By Rory White

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Kia Picanto

Should I buy one?

At this stage, it's likely Kia will follow its usual '1','2','3' and 'GT Line' trim trim structure, and that for each version the new car will cost around Β£500 more than the equivalent old model. However, without any confirmed UK equipment or prices (nor having driven the new petrol engine) it's difficult to give a steer on which Picanto makes the most sense, or indeed how well it truly stacks up against its closest rivals.

Nevertheless, it's obvious that the many small tweaks Kia has made have resulted in a much more recommendable city car. It now not only rides more comfortably, it's also sweeter to drive and more relaxing on the move. Its upper-level infotainment also mixes it with the best in the class and likely-standard safety features such as autonomous emergency city braking can't be ignored.

True, its fairly weak, dated engines, average interior quality and rear space are all aspects that all count against it at this stage, but overall, the Picanto is in a better shape than ever before to worry its best city car peers.


What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

Hyundai i10

Volkswagen Up


Kia Picanto 1.2 GT Line

Engine size 1.2 petrol

Price Β£10,500 (est)

Power 83bhp

Torque 90lb ft

0-62mph 12.0sec

Top speed 107mph

Gov't economy (official combined) 61.4mpg

CO2/BIK band 106g/km/18%

Insurance group 9

Airbags 6

Doors 5

Seats 4/5

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