Best car in the segment, no competition
Had the Picanto GT for a couple of weeks now, absolutely is the best vehicle in its class - no competition.
Kia have really nailed the small car segment in one swift blow to its competitors, for just under 20K you get almost all of the tech/features that you would want from ANY car (except for sunroof, climate control and heated seats in Australia, weirdly).
Weirdly no automatic is offered if you opt for the GT Turbo, which is a pain when you live in Sydney - seemingly stuck in perpetual peak hour. You can only get the auto with the much slower 1.2L engine.
It would be nice if you could option the car with Kia/Hyundai's active lane keep or radar cruise control, I'd happily tick the box for $2000.
Want to love this car
In many ways this car is perfect for me. Its fun to drive. Extremely good on fuel efficiency. So tiny I can park it anywhere.Very roomy interior. Unfortunately in its short 3 month life its been repaired twice under warranty. From the 3rd week I noticed the car mats were wet after it rained and on a couple of occasions the keyless entry didnt work. I took it to dealership for testing but they assured me nothing was wrong. Then after 2 more months of the car flooding everytime it rained and the keyless entry and side mirrors stopping to work alt...ogether the dealership identified 2 separate issues - hole in seal around side mirrors letting in water and an electronic fault. Attitude from both the dealership and Kia Australia makes me think this was nothing unusual to them as they were not surprised or apologetic in any way. The experience has been enough to ensure this will be my last Kia purchase.
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||4 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||4.8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||35 L|
|Engine||3 Cylinder 1.0L|
|Max Power||74kW @ 4500rpm|
|Max Torque||172Nm @ 1500-4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea|
|Manufacturer Warranty||7 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2017|
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