Kia Picanto 2020 Exterior and Interior

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The clean, straightforward design of the Kia Picanto 2020 is let down only by the turbo model’s excessive add-ons.

We headed to the launch of the new Kia Picanto GT to see how it performed, not just in terms of its handling, but also how practical and economical it is while considering its value for money.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The Kia Picanto GT costs $3800 more than the entry grade Picanto S with its drive-away price of $17,990. Kia’s also likely to keep that drive-away price in place for some time as it’s done on other models, so check with your dealer to see if it’s still being offered.

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That price is only $700 more than the Picanto GT-Line and the standard features are almost identical between the cars. Actually, all Picantos including the base grade S pretty much have the same equipment such as the 7.0-inch screen with rear view camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker stereo, and air-conditioning.

What does paying more for a GT get you, then? There are sporty seats (they feel like leather but it’s synthetic) with red piping and alloy sports pedals, but they also come on the GT-Line and the AO (Australian Open) Edition.

Really, what you’re paying for is the GT body kit, the upgraded suspension and the more powerful three-cylinder engine. READ ~ Honda Civic 2020 Model Performance and New Engine

Kia Picanto 2020 Exterior and Interior

Despite having almost identical features, the value is still pretty darn good. Rivals include the Holden Spark, Fiat 500 and Mitsubishi Mirage, but there are no rivals out there that come even close to the features and value of a Picanto and none at all that offer the handling capability of a GT.

How practical is the space inside?

If you’ve just read the design section above, you’ll know the Picanto is the size of a tiny bathroom. What does that mean for space inside? Well, up front it was snug for myself and my co-pilot, but head, shoulder, elbow and legroom was still fine. It’s the rear seats that may pose a problem if you’re ferrying people around.

I’m 191cm tall and there was no way I could sit behind my driving position – there was just not enough room back there to sit without adopting a sort of side-saddle position. Headroom was excellent though.
Cabin storage is great for this segment with bottle holders in the front doors, two cupholders and a parcel shelf above them. The storage bin under the centre armrest is skinny but deep, there’s a great floor console storage tray and a decent-sized glovebox, too.

The Picanto GT’s boot has a cargo capacity of 255 litres which is the biggest in the class – bigger than the boots of the Holden Spark, Fiat 500 and Mitsubishi Mirage. There was enough room for three carry-on style bags.

For charging there’s a USB port up front and a 12V power outlet.

While the Picanto is tiny and doesn’t have the cargo carrying capabilities of a wagon its practicality is outstanding for the class and deserves this high mark in comparison to its rivals.

What are the key stats for the engine and transmission?

The Picanto GT has a 74kW/172Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. Even though it’s tinier than the four-cylinder in the AO Edition, the S and GT-Line grades it makes more power and torque.

Maximum torque comes in at 1500rpm and stays around until 4000rpm, which means it’s always under your foot, and when teamed with the five-speed manual (you can’t get an automatic transmission on the GT) made driving this car easy and stacks of fun.

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The only negative point I’d like to make is that the engine in the Picanto GT should produce more grunt if it’s to wear that badge.

The best value in Kia Picanto 2020 is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.

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