The tiny Picanto moves onto the third generation with a new exterior and new tech

Launched in 2003 as a city car based on a shortened platform of the Hyundai Getz, the Kia Picanto soldiered on unchanged until 2011, when the second-generation model was introduced. Redesigned from the ground up under the direction of Peter Schreyer, the new model shared underpinnings with the Hyundai i10 and was larger than its predecessor. A significant facelift followed in 2015, but right after that Kia began working on the third-generation hatchback, which just broke cover ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

As expected, Kia aimed to retain the second-gen model’s main feats, such as low running costs and compact dimensions for city driving, and spice things up with a new design language and an updated, more upscale interior. Not surprisingly, the Picanto received Kia’s latest design features seen on larger models, but also an array of much-needed apps and gadgets on the inside. The big news is that Kia decided to discontinue the three-door version, leaving the five-door as the only option available. Under the hood, the Korean brand revised the previous engines, while also adding a new turbocharged option.

Much like its predecessor, the Picanto won’t cross the pond to North America, where the Rio 5-door will remain Kia’s smallest hatchback. The new Picanto, however, will be offered in most markets in Europe and Asia, where it will compete against the likes of [Toyota Aygo, Ford Ka, and Hyundai i10.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Kia Picanto.

Exterior

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Much like every other Kia out there, the Picanto was upgraded to the company’s new styling language. The result of a collaboration between Kia’s design centers in Namyang, South Korea, and Frankfurt, Germany, the Picanto sports a more youthful design with slightly more aggressive and angular features.

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The new Picanto sports a more youthful design with slightly more aggressive and angular features.

Up front, the wide "tiger-nose" grille is flanked by new headlamps that aren’t necessarily bigger than the outgoing units, but have a more angular design and modern looking technology behind the lenses. The front bumper now features a larger, trapezoidal center intake, while the side vents are vertically oriented for a more aggressive stance.

Changes aren’t as radical on the sides, but there are redesigned fender flares and a new character line. Somewhat surprisingly given the sportier look, the beltline was moved just below the windows, giving the profile a rather mundane look. On the previous model, the beltline ascended rather aggressively from the front wheel arches toward the taillights. The hatchback also has a wider than usual C-pillar, while the wheelbase is obviously longer. Kia added 15 mm (0.6 inches) here and also made the rear overhang longer by 10 mm (0.4 inches). On the flipside, the front overhang is 25 mm (one inch) shorter, which keeps the car’s length identical to the outgoing model.

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Around back, the third-gen Picanto bears a rather close resemblance to its predecessor.

Around back, the third-gen Picanto bears a rather close resemblance to its predecessor. It has similar wrap-around taillights, a trapezoidal license plate recess in the bumper, and reverse lights toward the corners. But there are plenty of changes to talk about, starting with the fact that the lower edge of the rear window is now in line with the upper edges of the taillights. Likewise, the light units and the tailgate also share the same line below. The taillamp design is sharper and includes a C-shaped LED stripe. The bumper looks sportier thanks to the carved lower section that makes it seem as if the Picanto has a rear diffuser.

The small hatchback can be ordered in 11 exterior colors, six of which are new, including Lime Light, Shiny Red, Aurora Black, Pop Orange, Sparkling Silver, and Celestial Blue. The Picanto comes with 14-inch wheels standard, but you can pick between four optional aluminum-alloy designs measuring 14 to 16 inches.

Kia also introduced a new GT-Line specification inspired by Optima GT. When this package is selected, the exterior of the new Picanto is completed with red, silver and black highlights in the front grille, side intakes, along the side skirts and in the rear valance, as well as chrome-tipped twin exhaust pipes.

COMPETING DESIGNS

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Kia and Hyundai have been developing their cars together for a few years, and the Picanto and i10 are no exception from this rule. Sharing most underpinnings with the third-gen Picanto, the latest i10 was updated in 2016 and just like the Picanto, it sports a more emotional look thanks to a new front bumper, the "cascading grille," and revised rear bumper. Granted, it doesn’t look as aggressive and appealing as the Picanto, but we need to keep in mind that this specific i10 was actually designed in 2013.

The Aygo has the advantage of being simply cute and somewhat of a fashion statement.

Redesigned for 2014, the Toyota Aygo is one of the newest vehicles in this market. Now in its second generation, the Japanese city car is also an attractive proposition in terms of design, having received a sportier exterior and offering several customizing features such as contrasting exterior parts and gloss-black or machined wheels. Although not as sporty as the new Picanto, the Aygo has the advantage of being simply cute and somewhat of a fashion statement thanks to the wide number of design elements you can customize. Just add black and red highlights to a white car and you’re ready to go to town in a unique city car.

Interior

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Kia aimed to give the new Picanto a higher quality interior and it succeeded for the most part.

Like it usually happens with redesigns, Kia aimed to give the new Picanto a higher quality interior. And needless to say, it succeeded for the most part. The first thing that catches the eye is that the dashboard has a cleaner design and features a satin chrome-effect strip that runs across the width between the instrument cluster and the passenger door panel. A new, seven-inch touchscreen sits above, while two A/C vents have been placed below. The center console is also cleaner, now featuring just the A/C controls, a large storage compartment, and the gear shifter.

The seats have been redesigned for enhanced comfort and come wrapped in black and grey cloth as standard. Those who want a different layout can pick from the optional five color packs with contrast artificial leather and white, blue, orange, red, or lime green stitching.

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Trunk space has increased too, being expanded from 200 to 255 liters (seven to nine cubic feet).

Styling-aside, Kia says that the new Picanto offers "best-in-class packaging efficiency" and more legroom and headroom than best-selling rivals in the A-segment. The hatch is available with either four or five seats, with the rear bench split into either two or three seats. The new central armrest for front passengers can slide back and forth up to 55 mm (2.1 inches) – a first in the class – and covers a small storage compartment designed to accommodate a one-litre water bottle or a sunglasses case.

As far as tech goes, the seven-inch touchscreen comes with a navigation system with a 3D map, while the options list includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear-view parking camera, wireless smartphone charges, and USB port.

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Trunk space has increased too, being expanded from 200 to 255 liters (seven to nine cubic feet) with the rear seat up, which is the most of any car in the class according to Kia. Maximum capacity is 1,010 liters (35.6 cubic feet).

THE COMPETITION

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The facelift didn’t bring too many new features inside the i10, but the Hyundai-badged city car’s interior looks as fresh as they get. Already equipped with a touchscreen, the i10 has a clean and uncluttered dash that can be ordered in a two-tone finish. The small hatchback comes with Hyundai’s latest connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the navigation system features with a seven-year free subscription to LIVE Services, offering real-time traffic conditions, local weather, and points of interest. This makes the i10 the only vehicle in its class to offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and LIVE Services in a single infotainment system. Options include automatic air conditioning, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seats. Needless to say, the i10 is a solid proposition in this segment.

The i10 the only vehicle in its class to offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and LIVE Services in a single infotainment system.

The Aygo looks pretty high-tech on the inside thanks to its round instrument cluster and touchscreen that appears to float in front of the center stack. On the flipside, it feels a bit more spartan and cramped on the inside and the center console doesn’t have as much storage room as the Picanto and i10. On the other hand, the fact that you can match several cabin elements to the exterior for a high, fancy contrast makes the Aygo appealing and unique in this segment. You can also specify part-leather seats, another feature that may make up for the lack of certain tech gadgets you can’t get in this tiny Toyota.

When it comes to interior space, the i10 and the Picanto are pretty much similar. However, the new Kia wins the battle in terms of luggage room with nine cubic feet. The i10 isn’t far behind with 8.89 cubic feet, but the Aygo comes last with just 5.93 cubic feet.

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Headroom front/rear (Inches) 39.68/37.79 39.56/37.79
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 42.12/32.28 42.71/32.28
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 51.41/51.22 51.18/50.39
Cargo Space (cu ft) 8.89 5.93 9.00

Drivetrain

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Under the hood, the Picanto carries over with the 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.25-liter four-cylinder engines from the previous model.

Under the hood, the Picanto carries over with the 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.25-liter four-cylinder engines from the previous model, but with various updates for improved efficiency and driveability.

Both engines are shared with sister model Hyundai i10, which is confirmed by similar specs. For instance, the 1.0-liter cranks out 66 horsepower and 96 Nm (71 pound-feet) of torque. Compared to the outgoing unit, it gains an exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head and a new cooling system with shut-off valve. As a result, emissions reduced to 89 grams of CO2 per km from 95. The 1.25-liter delivers 83 horsepower and 122 Nm (90 pound-feet) of torque. This engine was upgraded with an optimized valve timing and new cooling system with shut-off valve, while emissions dropped from 106 g/km to 104.

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The Picanto will also get a turbocharged 1.0-liter engine.

Beginning the fourth quarter of 2017, the Picanto will also get a turbocharged 1.0-liter engine. The force-fed powerplant will deliver 99 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of twist to become the highest output engine ever offered in a Kia this size. Highlights for this unit include a single-scroll turbocharger, an integrated exhaust manifold, and laser-drilled injectors.

All engines will come paired to a five-speed manual, while the 1.25-liter will also be available with a four-speed automatic. Idle Stop & Go will be available on certain models with manual transmission.

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

The Hyundai i10 uses the same engines as the Picanto, but both the 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.25-liter four-cylinder have been revised specifically for this model. Output is almost identical, with the 1.0-liter delivering 66 horsepower and 94 Nm (69 pound-feet) of torque, and the 1.25-liter four-cylinder sending 87 horses and 120 Nm (88 pound-feet) of twist to the front wheels. Unlike the Picanto, the i10 also gets a 1.0-liter unit with bi-feul technology, which mixes LPG and gasoline for better fuel economy. This one comes with 67 horsepower and 90 Nm (66 pound-feet) of torque on tap. The 1.0-liter turbo is not yet available for the i10, but it should be offered soon.

For the most part, the Aygo can't match the diversity that comes with the Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10.

Moving over to the Toyota Aygo, motivation comes from a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder with 68 horsepower and 95 Nm (70 pound-feet) of torque on tap. A 1.2-liter four-cylinder is also available, but restricted to certain markets. For the most part, the Aygo can’t match the diversity that comes with the Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10 in Europe and definitely can’t respond to the thrills that Kia offers with the turbocharged, 1.0-liter engine. At least for now. Transmission choices for the only powerplant include a five-speed manual and an automatic gearbox.

Chassis, Suspension, and Brakes

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The new Picanto rides on MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. The revised anti-roll bars are two percent stiffer, while the longer wheelbase improves ride quality. A new steering rack for quicker response to driver inputs make the new hatchback more dynamic than its predecessor. Finally, the new Picanto is the first car in its class to offer buyers torque vectoring by braking.

Safety

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Kia also made efforts to turn the small Picanto into a safer vehicle. For starters, 44 percent of its bodyshell is now cast in Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), a 22-percent increase. This not only reduces body-in-white weight by 23 kg (50.7 pounds), but also improves tensile strength by 12 percent. Overall, static torsional stiffness has been improved by 32 percent.

The standard equipment line includes six airbags — front, front and side, and curtains. Optionally, you can request a knee airbag. Active safety features include Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which ensures stability under braking and cornering by detecting a loss in traction and using ESC to help the driver keep the car on course. In addition, the new Picanto will be available with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

Prices

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With the current-generation model priced from £7,895 (around $9,800 as of February 2017) in the U.K., the upcoming version could cost more than £8,500 (about $10,560) before options. The significant price increase also comes from the fact that the three-door version, which is usually cheaper, was phased out. Expect the range-topping model to cost more than £12,500 (around $15,520).

COMPETING PRICES

Priced from £8,495 (about $10,550), the i10 is a bit more expensive than the outgoing Picanto, but this should change as soon as the new Kia arrives in showrooms. Go for the SE trim and the sticker jumps to £9,861, while the SE Blue models costs £10,261 before options. The Premium versions starts from £10,561, while the Premium SE comes in at £12,161 (around $15,100).

The Toyota Aygo also starts from £8,495, but for this amount you get the three-door version. Opt for the five-door hatchback and the sticker jumps to £11,935. The range-topping X-Play version of the three door retails from £10,385, but the five-door has more trim levels to choose from. While the X-Play costs £10,785, the X-Press and the X-Style come in at £11,935. Opt for the X-Cite and you pay £12,490 before options, while the X-Clusiv trim will set you back a whopping £13,035 (about $16,190).

Other Competitors

Volkswagen Up!

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Launched in 2011 as Volkswagen’s smallest vehicle in history, the Up! was also designed as an economy city car. The German hatch uses a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 59 horsepower in the base model and 74 horses in the range-topping version. Both units deliver 70 pound-feet of torque and use either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic. The Up! can accelerate to 62 mph in 13.2 seconds in its most powerful version and hits a top speed of 106 mph. In the U.K., the Up! starts from £8,870 (about $11,020) in base trim, while the top-of-the-line version fetches £13,580 (around $16,870) before options. The Up! can also be had as the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo, rebadged versions with distinct front and rear designs but similar underpinnings.

Read more about the Volkswagen Up! here.

Conclusion

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It’s obviously too early for a proper conclusion here with the vehicle not yet in showrooms, but the new Picanto appears to be as fun, practical, and affordable as the second-generation car, while also having a more attractive design, new features, a more upscale interior, and updated technology. And with the revised and new engines under the hood, the third-gen Picanto should be a strong competitor in this niche. Granted, it won’t be as fancy as the Fiat 500, but it will give the already established Volkswagen Up! and Toyota Aygo a few reasons to worry.

  • Leave it
    • * Far from exciting on the road
    • * Lacks the brand cachet of a Ford or VW

Press Release

The all-new Kia Picanto city car has been revealed to European media for the first time today ahead of its public debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show in March. The new Picanto will go on sale across Europe from the start of Q2 2017.

Now in its third-generation, the new Kia Picanto brings a new, more youthful and energetic character to the A-segment. Boasting an assertive new design and a high-quality, high-tech new cabin, the latest model also offers buyers greater potential for customisation and promises to be the most versatile car in its class.

The new Picanto will be powered by one of three petrol engines, including Kia’s new 1.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDI) power unit. When the new 1.0-litre T-GDI engine goes on sale during Q4 2017, it will be the most powerful engine ever offered in the Picanto, and the first time this car has offered a turbocharged petrol engine.

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Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Picanto is one of Kia’s best-selling models around the world, and has a particularly strong fan base here in Europe.

“Our European customers have told us that they love the design of the outgoing Picanto. They love its low running costs, its compact dimensions for city driving, and the high level of equipment available for the money. The new model retains these strengths, and now offers a new level of dynamism and performance, as well as introducing the latest technologies for in-car connectivity and enhanced safety. For these reasons we are confident that the new Picanto will help us further build our profile and market share in this very competitive segment.”

Worldwide, more than 1.4 million of the current-generation Picanto have been sold since it was launched in 2011, with more than 300,000 of those sold in Europe. Despite the car approaching the end of its lifecycle in showrooms, Kia sold more than 55,000 Picanto models in Europe in 2016, representing year-on-year sales growth of three per cent.

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Exterior design

The all-new Picanto has been created by Kia’s design centres in Namyang, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany, collaborating to design a youthful, energetic look.

Briefed to produce an innovative, bold and fun-looking urban city car, designers have followed up on the mandate to full effect, giving the new Picanto a more assertive stance with bolder body lines.

With the wheelbase extended to 2,400 mm (an increase of 15 mm), the wheels have been pushed further out to the corners of the car for a 25 mm shorter front overhang, making the car look more planted on the road. Strong, straight lines run horizontally across the front of the car, emphasising the ‘tiger-nose’ grille and angular new wrap-around headlights. Vertical lines that encompass the side intakes and lower grille enhance the Picanto’s more confident new ‘face’.

In profile, the new Picanto is characterised by distinctive lines running along the side skirts, shoulder and around the wheel arches, and subtly-sculpted body surfacing – again, each helping to create a more confident on-road design and visually ‘stretching’ the car for a greater sense of ride stability – although the Picanto is no longer than the outgoing model, at 3,595 mm in length.

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The new model adopts Kia’s wide C-pillar as a design motif, which stands more upright than that of the previous model. Combined with a longer rear overhang – up 10 mm, to 520 mm – for a more assured posture.

The all-new Picanto will offers buyers greater potential for customisation than ever before, with a choice of 11 vibrant paint finishes designed to make the car stand out. Among the six new colours available to buyers is ‘Lime Light’, ‘Shiny Red’, ‘Aurora Black’ ‘Pop Orange’, ‘Sparkling Silver’ and ‘Celestial Blue’ pearlescent metallic paint finishes. The Picanto is fitted with 14-inch steel wheels in its most basic form, and customers can select one of four aluminium alloy wheel designs, ranging from 14-inch to 16-inch in diameter.

The exterior of the Picanto is also complemented by new projection headlights with LED indicators and LED daytime running lights and from Q3 2017, a subtle shark-fin antenna on the roof to replace the existing aerial.

For the first time, Kia will also offer the Picanto in a new ‘GT-Line’ specification, inspired by the sportier appearance of the company’s higher-performance ‘GT’ models, such as the Optima GT. In GT-Line specification, the exterior of the new Picanto is completed with red, silver and black highlights in the grille, side intakes, along the side skirts and in the rear valance, as well as chrome-tipped twin exhausts.

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Interior design

Inside the new Picanto, Kia designers have created a more modern, refined cabin than the second-generation model, with new materials and layout adding a greater sense of quality for occupants. The predominantly horizontal design adds greater visual width to the interior, highlighting the increased cabin dimensions.

The dashboard layout is now more centrally aligned, with a large 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) sitting at the heart of the centre console and moving many of the car’s controls further up into the driver’s line of sight. A satin chrome-effect strip runs across the dashboard for a higher quality ambience, and large, vertical air vents at either end ‘bookend’ the front passenger compartment.

Customisation is key to the appeal of the new Picanto’s cabin. While black and grey cloth seats are available as standard, buyers can also personalise their new Picanto with one of five optional colour packs, featuring contrast artificial leather upholstery and stitching. Available at launch, these colour packs are:

High Gloss Black – a combination of black, grey and white upholstery with white stitching (and available with a black or grey base colour)
Brown – brown seats with light blue flashes down the side and light blue stitching
Blue – navy and true blue artificial leather and cloth upholstery with white and orange stitching
Red – black and grey seats with red flashes and red stitching
Lime – grey and light grey upholstery with lime green stitching

The contrast colours of the seats can be paired with optional new colour pads on the door armrests, echoing the contrast scheme selected for the seats. Finally, the Picanto’s new GT-Line derivative will be equipped with a D-cut steering wheel. The interior of the GT-Line model will be available with the full range of colour packs.

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Practicality and packaging

Despite its on-road footprint remaining the same as that of the outgoing model, the all-new Picanto will offer buyers best-in-class packaging efficiency, with maximum versatility resulting from its larger cabin and class-leading boot capacity.

The Picanto meets the increasing trend towards five-door models in the A-segment, with Kia discontinuing the three-door model for the third generation car. Offering maximum practicality, the new model is no larger than the model it replaces, at 1,485 mm in height, 3,595 mm long and 1,595 mm wide. The new platform boasts a longer wheelbase and longer rear overhang, however, freeing up more space in the cabin and boot (the front overhang is reduced by 25 mm, to 675 mm).

Inside, the new Picanto provides occupants with more leg- and head-room than best-selling rivals in the A-segment, while a lower step height makes for easier ingress and egress. The base of the dashboard has been moved upwards by 15 mm for greater knee and leg space for front passengers. The new Picanto is available with either four or five seats, with the rear bench split into either two or three seats depending on buyer preference (1.2-litre models are five-seat only).

The new central armrest for front passengers can slide back and forth up to 55 mm – a first in the class – and covers a small storage compartment designed to accommodate a one-litre water bottle or a sunglasses case. At the base of the centre console is an open double-shelf tray to store mobile devices and other small items, with retractable twin cupholders which can fold away to yield more storage space.

Beneath the sun visors in the front of the cabin, the vanity mirror also features bright new LED lights and a strip of mood lighting. By providing the surrounding glow of a make-up room mirror, the Picanto’s new vanity mirror makes it easier for occupants to apply make-up, check their hair-style, or adjust their hat, scarf or tie.

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The boot grows from 200 litres (VDA) to a maximum 255 litres – the most of any car in the class – and also features a two-step boot floor, which can be raised or lowered by 145 mm to create additional space as required, as well as create an under-floor storage area. The 60:40 split-folding rear seats can be folded down completely flat with a one-touch lever, for maximum ease of use. This also boosts cargo capacity to 1,010 litres.

Comfort levels are also improved. Where the seats in many A-segment rivals provide one-piece back rests with integrated headrests, the new Picanto gives buyers fully-adjustable headrests, which move up and down and tilt forwards and backwards. The Picanto’s new seats are also more comfortable for longer journeys, featuring the same seat-base materials and construction found in larger Kia models (such as the new Optima). In the rear, the angle of the back rest is more reclined – from 25 to 27 degrees – for a more relaxed posture, and slightly more prominent side bolsters on the rear bench further improve comfort and support during faster cornering.

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Ride and handling

The outgoing Kia Picanto won plaudits for its combination of immediate handling responses and a comfortable ride. Engineers have emulated these characteristics in the new model, while making a series of modifications to the suspension – independent by MacPherson strut at the front; torsion beam at the rear – to realise greater ride stability and quicker, more enjoyable handling responses.

Designed to reduce the body roll angle under cornering by up to 1° and enable more immediate reactions to steering inputs, the Picanto’s anti-roll bars are two per cent stiffer and mounted slightly lower at the front, and five per cent stiffer and slightly higher at the rear. The Picanto’s revised dimensions – with a longer wheelbase and slightly shorter front overhang – also enable the pitch centre of the car to be placed further towards the rear of the car, helping to naturally reduce ‘nose dive’ under braking without firming up the suspension and potentially compromising ride comfort.

In addition, the longer wheelbase contributes to a natural improvement in ride quality and stability on all roads. The torsion beam rear axle has been reshaped and features newly-designed trailing arms, helping to reduce weight by 1.8 kg over the rear axle with no loss in component rigidity.

A new steering rack means the steering ratio has been quickened by 13 per cent over the outgoing Picanto, from 16.5:1 to 14.3:1. Not only does this enable more immediate responses to driver inputs, but reducing the turns of the wheel lock-to-lock (from 3.4 to 2.8 turns) makes the Picanto even easier to drive at low speeds and in the city. With the front wheel pushed closer to the front of the vehicle, resulting in a shorter overhang, the reduced weight ahead of the front axle reduces inertia for more agile handling.

The new Picanto is the first car in its class to offer buyers torque vectoring by braking – an additional function of the Electronic Stability Control system (ESC; see ‘Safety’). The adoption of this new technology for an A-segment car means the Picanto retains a higher degree of handling stability and security under cornering, while helping to reduce understeer during harder cornering.

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Engines and transmissions

Underpinning the all-new Picanto’s quicker, more responsive steering is a range of highly efficient small-capacity petrol engines. Serving to minimise the weight over the front axle, the downsized engine line-up also delivers the sprightly acceleration and immediate powertrain responses that customers expect of an urban car.

Three petrol engines will be available to buyers. The 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre naturally-aspirated multi-point injection (MPI) engines have been carried over from the outgoing Picanto, with a range of enhancements to improve efficiency and driveability. From Q4 2017, Kia’s new 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) power unit will also be available, offering turbocharged petrol performance in the Picanto for the first time ever. All engines are paired with a five-speed manual transmission, delivering power to the front wheels. Idle Stop & Go is available on certain manual models, while the 1.25-litre MPI engine is also available with a four-speed automatic transmission.

The 1.0-litre MPI engine provides the entry point into the Picanto range, producing 67 ps at 5,500 rpm and 96 Nm torque. The most fuel efficient engine available to Picanto buyers, the 1.0-litre unit is capable of producing just 89 g/km of carbon dioxide (four-seat model; New European Drive Cycle, combined), down from 95 g/km on the outgoing model (a 6.3 per cent reduction). Upgrades to the engine include a new exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head, and a new cooling system with shut-off valve, reducing the time it takes the engine to warm-up from a cold start. A new two-stage oil pump also reduces mechanical friction.

The mid-range 1.25-litre MPI produces peak power of 84 ps, and 122 Nm of torque. Picanto models with this engine will emit 104 g/km of CO2on the combined cycle, compared with 106 g/km for the existing Picanto. For its application in the new Picanto, Kia engineers have optimized the valve timing of the engine’s dual CVVT (continuously-variable valve timing) system, and have also adopted a similar new cooling system and shut-off valve to the 1.0-litre MPI engine. New low-friction coated piston rings also help to reduce cylinder friction for greater efficiency.

The 1.0-litre T-GDI engine, available in the Picanto for the first time, produces 100 ps and 172 Nm torque, the highest power and torque outputs ever offered in Kia’s A-segment model. The engine features a single-scroll turbocharger for instant acceleration, as well as an integrated exhaust manifold and a high-pressure (200 bar) fuel supply. Laser-drilled injectors deliver precise quantities of fuel into the cylinders to accurately control combustion, delivering instantaneous accelerative responses and contributing to the engine’s high efficiency and low fuel consumption.

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Refinement

Refinement has been dramatically improved in the new Picanto, with a range of modifications designed to further isolate the cabin from vibrations and noise from the road, wind and the engine. The result is a car that offers the quietest cabin of any A-segment model, both at idle and at a steady cruise.

New refinement measures adopted for the latest Picanto include a new soundproofing panel beneath the dashboard and in the floor of the cabin, while expandable sound-absorbent foam has been applied to lower sections of the A- and B-pillars. Beneath the bonnet, a new sound-absorbent engine cover and reshaped air intake help to isolate engine noise from the cabin. The structure of the engine mounts has also been revised to counteract engine vibrations. Furthermore, the windscreen wipers have been lowered by 6 mm to reduce the level of wind ‘roar’ generated at the base of the windscreen

As a result of these upgrades, the new Picanto produces a quietest-in-class 39 dB of noise at idle – 3 dB less than the current A-segment leader – and 68 dB at a steady cruise.

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Technology

Buyers of the new Kia Picanto will have access to some of the most advanced infotainment and convenience technologies available in the A-segment, while still enjoying the same high value for money expected of a Kia vehicle.

The large, ‘floating’ 7.0-inch HMI touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard houses a navigation system with 3D map, and is available with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for full smartphone integration. A rear-view parking camera with dynamic guidelines is also on offer to buyers who want an additional level of assurance when completing parking manoeuvres. An optional wireless smartphone charger and USB port, located at the base of the centre console, ensure drivers can keep mobile devices charged on the move.

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Safety and body

The new Picanto is the safest A-segment car Kia has ever made, featuring double the proportion of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) compared to the outgoing model and a selection of active safety technologies.

With a stronger body than ever before, 44 per cent of the new Picanto’s bodyshell is cast in AHSS (up from 22 per cent), reducing body-in-white weight by 23 kg while improving tensile strength by 12 per cent. The new, stronger steel has been used to reinforce the floor pan, roof rails and engine bay, as well as the A- and B-pillars, strengthening the core structure of the car. The new bodyshell also uses more than eight times the quantity of structural adhesive found in the outgoing model (67 metres of joins throughout the structure are now reinforced with the adhesive). Overall, static torsional stiffness has been improved by 32 per cent.

The stronger, lighter body is supported by six standard airbags (front, front side and curtain airbags), and an optional knee airbag, as well as a range of active safety features. These include standard Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to ensure stability under braking and cornering, detecting a loss in traction and using ESC to help the driver keep the car on course.

In addition, the new Picanto will be available with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)* – a key technology adopted to enhance safety in the predominantly city and urban environments in which the majority of customers drive their Picanto. An indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is also available.

On-sale

Maintaining the value for money and high quality that has made the current-generation Picanto so popular, the all-new Picanto will be sold as standard with Kia’s unique 7-Year, 100,000 mile warranty when it goes on-sale across Europe from the start of Q2 2017.

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