The new Kia Picanto hits Irish shores

Generally speaking A segment are the smallest of all main stream cars for sale in showrooms, they make up a small percentage of car sales in Ireland. The segment features such names as the Ford Ka, Toyota Aygo and Nissan Pixo. Kia has had the Picanto in the segment for a long time and it has proven to be a good seller gaining Kia an 11% share in the segment.

Generally speaking A segment are the smallest of all main stream cars for sale in showrooms, they make up a small percentage of car sales in Ireland. The segment features such names as the Ford Ka, Toyota Aygo and Nissan Pixo. Kia has had the Picanto in the segment for a long time and it has proven to be a good seller gaining Kia an 11% share in the segment.

Tested by Bob Flavin

Now they have brought out the new Picanto and as you can see from the pictures it’s quite a looker. There’s a much broader stance at the front and it’s taken on the Kia family look of the Tiger around the nose.

The styling is bang on, but the little Picanto has a hidden secret which you won’t notice until you get into it.

It’s huge on the inside!

For a car that has a footprint less than 12 feet there’s tonnes of space for 4 adults and a few bags in the boot. There’s two models to choose from, the entry level LX which still gets you loads of safety equipment including Twin Front Airbags, Side & Curtain Airbags, ABS and EBD, hill assist and Vehicle stability Management system If all the acronyms aren’t enough you also get front electric windows, height adjustment on the drivers seat and remote central locking all as standard.

The top of the range EX adds air conditioning, electric door mirrors (heated and folding), leather steering wheel, Bluetooth with voice activation (that works) and lots more kit as standard. Both cars have 5 star Ncap rating and that’s as high as you can get.

There’s a 1ltr 69bhp petrol engine that only has 99grams of CO2, €104 a year tax and returns 4.2ltrs per 100kms combined.

It drives like a small car should, light and buzzy. There’s good feedback from the steering and the petrol engine makes all the right noises, while it won’t win any races it does a great job of running between traffic lights.

Overall the Picanto is a hugely impressive package, with on the road prices starting at €12,495 for the LX and €13,595 for the EX coupled with the now legendary 7 year warranty the Picanto really is spoiling for a fight.

You can drive the new Picanto at Dunleas of Kilcullen, get in touch with them on (045) 481299.