The KIA Picanto is one of the most preferred city cars by people here owing to its compact size, practicality and a wonderful driving experience. The 2017 KIA Picanto was revealed to the public at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and it hosts a number of updated features. Let’s take a brief look on these:
The KIA officials have described the 2017 Picanto as “innovative, bold and fun-looking urban city car”. Compared to the 2016 model, the new KIA Picanto features a much larger and bulkier front grille, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and standard 14-inch steel wheels. Customers can also opt for alloy wheels at an extra price. The exterior is available is eight different colours including Clear White, Bright Silver, Signal Red, Aurora Black, Urban Blue, Midnight Sapphire, Chestnut and Platinum Graphite.
The overall wheelbase of the 2017 KIA Picanto has been increased by 15mm, meaning it is comparatively spacious than the previous model. The interior is beautifully designed and offers a number of new and high-tech features. The entry-level Picanto boasts electric front windows, black cloth upholstery, black interior door handles, tilt steering wheel adjustment and reclining seats. The upper-trim levels encompass black red faux leather seats, automatic air conditioning, steering wheel mounted controls, 6-speaker audio system with a 7-inch navigation system and smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Drivers can also stream music wirelessly through Bluetooth technology.
Boot Space and Practicality:
Although, the 2017 KIA Picanto appears small from the outside, the cabin is quite spacious. The front dash has been moved up by 15mm, which has improved the leg space for front seated passengers. The boot space measures 255 litres, which is 55 litres more than the previous models. Folding the rear seats will increase the boot space to 1,010 litres.
It is available in a range of petrol engines; from the base 1.0L three-cylinder unit producing 66 bhp and 71 lb.-ft of torque to 1.25L four-cylinder with 83 bhp. A new turbocharged 1.0L petrol unit has been added too delivering 99 bhp and hitting the 60 mph in just 10.1 seconds. The five-speed manual gearbox is available as standard.
KIA says the engine has been modified to reduce any unnecessary vibrations and noise for a pleasant driving experience. In addition, the ride handling has been enhanced, thanks to the upgraded suspension system.
Besides upmarket interior features and advanced tech equipment, the 2017 KIA Picanto also renders latest safety facilities such as twin-front airbags, twin-side airbags, curtain airbags, side impact protection system, all-round 3 point seatbelts, antitheft alarm system, engine immobilizer, double locking, child safety rear door locks and more.
The base KIA Picanto with a 1.0L 3-cylinder unit starts at £9,450. The grade 2 model with the same engine costs £10,750, whereas the 1.25L model carries a price tag of £11,250. The range topping KIA Picanto GT model starts from £11,950 and goes up to £13,950. The 2017 KIA Picanto also offers a number of customisation options for an extra price.