Kia Picanto PROS and CONS
- Trendy youthful looks especially the top end variant
- Fuel Efficient engine
- Worth its value
- Minimized noise and vibrations from the engine
- Top end variant is too expensive
- Not very dynamic
Overview: Kia Picanto on its third Generation
At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia's A-segment hatchback- the Picanto was revealed. Last August 2018, it has arrived in the Philippines and featured a bolder exterior, along with a new GT Line trim model. The All-New 2018 Kia Picanto is the Korean automaker's third iteration of their small hatchback. This is one of Kia's best-selling models across the globe. The new model retains all of the outgoing model's strengths but now offers increased performance and now equipped with new technologies. The Kia Picanto appears to be very lively, sporty, and youthful. The front-end features now show a new sleek grille that seamlessly joins the set of new headlights. It also gets LED daytime running lights. For the rear end, it shows as modern as the front that shows off striking lights.
The Kia Picanto is an eye-candy. But don't let it looks fool you. The vehicle is packed with the right features, toys and safety equipment, all for a reasonable price tag. The vehicle doesn't just come with a dynamic modern design but is all roomy and feature packed inside. The Picanto has made a long a way ever since it came out with the 1st generation Kia Picanto back in 2004. The first generation was very well accepted by the people, at some point, it was even the cheapest mini hatch you can buy in the Philippines. When the second generation came out, everyone was astonished to the amount of design change the Kia Picanto has able to receive. Although there were room for improvements on the inside of the vehicle, the overall package was still one of the best in the market. Fast forward to present and you'll see how the Kia Picanto has evolved, from a cute mini hatch to a dynamic sporty looking hatch inside and outside.
The vehicle comes with sporty look that out matches most of its competition. It is one of the best mini hatch locally available in the market with Kia being in the Philippine market for quite some time now assures its reliability and quality. The Kia Picanto has certainly made its statement with a premium feel inside and outside the vehicle. Its unique styling give its an edge over the competition and its well groomed cabin might as well be the best option in town.
The design, driving and features are notable, but it might be pricier than its rivals. The Kia Picanto has an overall well balance offering, very competitive and is class worthy. Against its rivals the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2. The Kia Picanto holds its position as being a uniquely designed vehicle with the performance and offerings that can match well with the top selling models on its class.
The 2018 Kia Picanto is one of the most modernly designed vehicles you can avail in the Philippine market today. Packed with a significantly eye-catching look and 5 year's warranty for under PHP 6,000,000, the Kia Picanto is certainly one option you can't miss.
Kia Picanto Performance
The Kia Picanto is available with two Kappa gasoline engine options. These are made much smaller and more advanced than the outgoing models for better efficiency and durability. For its top-end variant Kia Picanto GT Line and the Kia Picanto mid-SL variant, both offer the 1.2-liter 4-cylinder MPI engine, married to a 4-speed automatic transmission. This is indeed capable of dishing out 84 hp at 6,000 rpm and 122 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Kia Picanto base variant is empowered by a 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder MPI engine, mated to a 5-speed manual, producing 67 hp at 5,500 rpm and 96 Nm of torque at 3,570 rpm. The two engines are both compliant with the Euro 4 emission standards. Fuel mileage is promised to give out fantastic results even when you are driving inside the city or outside of the city. As a modern-day car, the Kia Picanto delivers the right amount of punch you need.
The 4-Speed automatic may sound less modern given with what the standard are is today, but Kia promises a smooth and quite shifting along with it. If you opt for better power optimization, the 5-speed manual transmission is you best choice for more lasting performance. Packed this with Kia's Dual-over-head cam engine, and the Kia Picanto is certainly one of the sportiest cars you can buy at this class.
May it be inside the city or long drive out of town, the Kia Picanto is made to handle them all. Its transmission even with an old school 4-speed automatic can seemingly perform its CVT counterparts, its soft dampers give out a comfortable drive and its dynamic steering gives it a fun and accurate driving response on the road. For Kia Picanto's riding comfort, it successfully maintained the reputation of its predecessor as a supermini with impressive handling and immediate responses. The ride is smooth and easily passes through the bumps and any road imperfections. The 2018 Kia Picanto has been made with optimized overall dimensions, so it can move the pitch center of the car a little back, which helps lessen the nose dive and its under braking without the suspension to be firmed up. Its new steering wheel is now redesigned with quicker rack and fewer turns, enabling sharper responses as well as easier navigation at low speeds.
Its competent enough to bring you where ever you plan on going with style. The Kia Picanto can travel you to your destination with ease and comfort. Engine performance, suspension performance, handling performance and even cabin air-conditioning. The Kia Picanto is superbly built to give you a hassle-free ride.
The Kia Picanto will show more improvements while driving, it now offers a quieter cabin condition compared to other cars in its segment. The External interference such as noise and vibrations from the engine, wind, and road has been minimized to an impressive figure of 39 dB while idling and 68 dB while at a steady cruise. The Kia Picanto safety features includes an advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) with hot-stamped steel. This delivers a harder core for the vehicle which enhances its overall strength and dynamic performance. In addition, the Kia Picanto also features Dual SRS airbags, keyless entry with alarm, anti-lock brakes and ISOFIX anchors for child seats (at the rear). It comes with the anti-lock brakes, a steering wheel with good leather wrap, rear ISOFIX child seat anchors, and split-folding rear seats, but these are only available for the GT Line variant. The Kia Picanto also features a rear back-up camera with static guidelines for safety assistant during parking, as well as automatic headlamps, speed sensing door locks and power folding side mirrors. These features though mostly are only available on the top of the line model, the Kia Picanto even on the standard trim offers decent number of features both inside the cabin and for safety. The 2018 Kia Picanto is available in 11 different colors - Orange, Blue, Titanium Silver, Aurora Black, Clear White, Shiny Red, Light Yellow, Alice Blue, Honey Bee, Milky Beige and Sparkling Silver.
Exterior: Aggressive and Prominent Hatchback
The 2018 Kia Picanto exterior resembles its Rio sibling. For some, it may be hard to notice since it now has that detailed "tiger nose" grille, new sleek headlights, bigger side air-vents, new rear bumpers and new LED tail lights in C-shape. In terms of its measurements, the Kia Picanto's wheelbase is made 2400 mm longer while the overall length stays unchanged at 3595 mm and the girth measures at 1595 mm. The Kia Picanto also offers a top end variant which is the Kia Picanto 2018 GT Line. It shows off that highlights in red accents on the front air vents, grille, rear bumper, and side skirts. The Kia Picanto GT Line top end variant also comes equipped with a nice unique bumper, with the projector-type headlights with LED daytime and brake lights, fog lights, with rear wipers, and 15-inch alloy wheels.
Kia Picanto Interior
For the interiors of Kia Picanto, it has that premium feel which is brought by its modern and sophisticated cabin with new materials. The front passengers can feel a sense of comfort since it has a wider cabin and a new seat construction. The rear occupants can also fully enjoy the ride as the new split-folding rear seats allow more relaxing posture. The rear seats has an option of splitting to a 60:40 capacity while the luggage area at the back even features a dual-level support for your extra stuffs. Once you get inside the Kia Picanto, you'll instantly notice the craftsmanship inside with its interior design. With its price range. It is very difficult to find a car uniquely designed like this on this segment. You'll notice the high level of attention Kia put on making the vehicle. The cabin is very euro-style and strongly resembles some other upper market vehicle. The detail placed on the Picanto's interior is to be well appreciated. Along side some fun toys inside, it is surely one cabin you'd love to ride.
It also offers a new and well-redesigned dashboard, this had helped free up more leg- and knee room for passengers. For its cargo capacity, the Kia Picanto offers a more spacious room for luggage compared to other vehicles in its segment with a total of 255 liters. It can also give more room that can even be extended up to 1,010 liters. This is four times larger when the rear seats will not be in used and will be folded flat.
The Kia Picanto comes in a new luxurious three-spoke steering wheel with leather cover and vertically-designed vents at both two ends of the dashboard. It comes in a new dual-pod analog display with read thread comes with a digital display at the middle for your trip meter and other infos. Kia Picanto is also definitely loaded with better and high technology. It comes with a steering wheel mounted control. digital radio with Bluetooth, manual climate control, USB, Aux support, AM/FM radio, double tray up front, easy access front cup holders and cloth-covered seats.