Good value, economical, comfortable
Really happy with the value for money, safety features and fuel economy.
I'm a tall man but comfortable driving.
Roomy boot - fits lots of shopping, or all the kids back packs after school pickup, or a couple of cricket bags - but not all at once!
When we have our kid's friends in the car too they do complain there's not enough room for three, but we're a 3-person family so don't always have a full car.
First time I've bought a brand new car.
Perfect small car
A micro city car with the lot that is functional, easy to drive, comfortable, and most importantly packed with a lot of safety features.
And what a delight to park!!
And unlike another micro car that I tested, the Kia interior doesn’t feel like cheap plastic at all !!
No fault so far after 5 months of daily use!
Fantastic Car!! Love it
Drives well, and feels refined
Bought the GT Line so it’s got the upgraded seats, and more aggressive body styling, looks the part
Best value for a car of this size & has apple car play, Bluetooth, auto headlights, radar control breaking, parking sensors, reversing camera, auto headlights, and so much more, an overall great package and highly recommended
The Kia Picanto is a fantastic little car. I got it in 'Pop Orange', and it looks absolutely adorable. It's wonderfully small and maneuverable, and great for city driving. That said, as a small car, it lacks a little oomph so sometimes you have to really floor it to get up hills or up to speed on the freeway (and it can make a lot of noise).
The emergency breaks have already prevented me from having one accident: I was about to bump into the rear of another car (I wasn't paying attention - I know, I know, lesson learned) when it suddenly sta...rted beeping and the brakes slammed on, turning my 'collision' into more of a nudge. So I've really come to appreciate that feature! And yeah, the Android Auto is fantastic; I use it pretty much any time I'm driving the car for more than 5 minutes.
- Picanto JA (2017-2021)
- Verified purchase
Amazing little car
The Kia Picanto is an amazing little car (we call it our scooter hah). It is tiny but it packs a punch in terms of its features, it basically has everything for the most amazing price. So easy to park, has enough power in it for day to day city driving and its array of media features is great. Reversing camera and dynamic parking guidelines make it super simple to get out of even the tightest of spaces. And 7 year warranty really sealed the deal, especially with 7 year roadside as long as you get it serviced regularly (which is also all capped price). Probably the best thing about the picanto is how far it can go with one tank and how cheap it is to run. Its small but still feels comfortable even with a full family inside.
Perfect car for me
Bought this car as my first car and am very pleased with it. It has a great fuel economy but yet still powerful enough to drive through slopes. Also small enough to fit into any parking space, even the tightest ones. Only downside is the small boot space, but living alone, this is more than enough for me.
Great value for money
The Kia Rio fits my budget perfectly and I am quite surprised with the Auto Android feature, its so convenient that I get flustered with other SatNav's. Perfect for students, pensioners and city life! The backseats are also very spacious. Very easy to drive and fits in all parking spaces.
Beaut little car Gret value But disappointing no CD player
Love this little shopping trolley... I am 192cm and feel really comfortable driving this car. Drives really well and light on fuel.
Very disappointed there isn’t a CD player but other than that good value. Very easy to park and reverse camera is excellent. 7 year warranty closed the deal for us
My new favourite car
Very easy to drive, my new favourite car!
Have had a few minor problems but nothing major and were sorted immediately. Would highly recommend this car to anyone on the market for a new car.
Great first car or for small families, very versatile and spacious which suits all different consumers
- Picanto JA (2017-2021)
- Verified purchase
Value for money
I purchased the Kia Picanto in July 2017 as it was good value for money. It had the most amount of features and best fuel economy in comparison with other vehicles in that price range. It also came with a 7-year warranty and 7 years capped servicing. The car drives well in all conditions and roads, the only concern is that it struggles on hills and the engine is loud when driving 80kms or over, it becomes so loud that you have to turn the volume to maximum to hear the radio. Inside the car, I like how the front passengers have a lot of room but...there is little storage. I also dislike how there is only one USB which makes it hard to have a dash cam in the car when using the car-play system. I like how there is automatic emergency breaks, the auto lights,the car-play system with 7inch screen and how the seat covers can be removed and washed. After a week of having the car, I did have a fuse issue where my 7inch screen and locking system was not working. Kia did fix the problem and did it quickly. Other than that it has been reliable and the running costs are very minimal. fantastic for someone whom is on a budget and does a lot of driving Fantastic car just needs a few modifications.
We bought this car as a get around for our active family. We had a bigger car that would chew through fuel. I love this car because it is sooooo cheap to run - $42 per 450 kms and can fit the whole family. It looks small on the outside but it feels roomy on the inside. The android auto is great.
Beneath the gloss and high specification is a poor quality unreliable car.
Purchased the new model Picanto in August 2017 and was taken in by the relative low cost great specification all backed up by a 7 year warranty.
On collection within minutes I noticed a very annoying rattle in the rear door, A week in an it became very noticeable that the car seemed to suffer from sporadic loss of power and rough running. On one occasion on a flat and smooth highway it would not go higher than 80 kph with my foot hard on the floor rather scary and shocking for a car that is capable of 160+kph , I then began to notice a jiggle ...
Excellent car for the money
Being on an extremely tight budget and wishing to buy a very small automatic, we looked at the Kia Picanto, Mitsubishi Mirage, Suzuki Ignis and base model 1.3 litre Toyota Yaris. We chose the Picanto for the following reasons: Firstly, it uses a "tried and true" traditional automatic transmission (versus CVT on the Mirage and Ignis). We felt that over the long term (we keep our cars for 10 years plus), the automatic would prove to be more reliable, but of course this was a subjective decision. Secondly, the car has a 7 year warranty - something...we felt was extremely important given that we stretched the budget to get a new car to begin with. We simply do not have the money to fork out for expensive repairs after 3 to 5 years. Thirdly, the Picanto had a much more sophisticated driving feel to the other cars - OK, it does not feel like a big car but the ride and comfort are extremely good for this class. The steering is razor precise with no mushiness or vagueness whatsoever and the car handles extremely well too. Not that handing is much of an issue on public roads anyway, but even when driven at normal speeds the car turns into corners very precisely as if it is on rails - meaning that you have no real perception of the car's weight or inertia at the sort of speeds typically seen during sensible public road use. Perhaps the torque vectoring is at play here. The car is generally very quiet indeed, though in one respect it becomes a victim of its own quiet interior - at 70 kmh and above, there is a noticeable "tonal" whine from the automatic transaxle. Unfortunately this seems to be normal for the model since I subsequently heard it in two other examples as well. I don't want to make too big a deal over this though, since ordinarily you would not hear it - in most cars of this size and class, engine, road and wind noise would easily drown it out. But thanks to these other noises being so minimal in the Picanto, other annoying noises like this transmission noise do tend to intrude somewhat (unless you like the radio turned up!). So far as comfort is concerned, it is a mixed bag here too. I also own a manual Corolla and I'm not going to pretend that the Picanto is a comfortable as a car in the Corolla's class. The two main issues here are firstly that the Picanto head restraints in the two front seats are a couple of centimetres too far forward. Sure, I understand that they are meant to contact the back of your head at all times, though this shouldn't mean that your head and neck have to adopt an unnaturally forward posture all the time. No matter how much I adjust the seat, I could not resolve this issue. Secondly, the lack of telescopic steering compromises the overall driving position - even with the very "best" position I could find, the steering wheel is still a few cm further forward than I would ideally like. But so far as I am aware, all the cars in the city car class are handicapped in this way. A pity because with their small interiors, the more fine adjustments, the better in my view. I'm not saying that the car is uncomfortable - it is OK and not really any better or worse than the other cars in the city car class. But it could be better if more attention had been paid to basic ergonomics, even if it meant increasing the price of the car by $500. The Picanto has received some criticism due to the low-powered engine and "ancient" automatic transmission, but quite honestly, I have absolutely no problem with either of these things. The car has more than enough power and response for suburban driving and is even adequate on our metropolitan freeways. It can even easily get up the very steep inclines of Mt. Ousley and the M1 (Princes Motorway) heading north towards Sydney at the speed limits (variously 80 kmh for Mt. Ousley and 100 kmh for the Princes Motorway). The less severe inclines heading north of Sydney on the freeway from Wahroonga to Gosford are very easily managed at the 110 kmh limit with power in reserve. Perhaps the only criticism I have of the drivetrain all things considered (specs and price) is that the driveline is biased too much towards fuel economy. It could be a bit more eager to kick down from 3rd to 2nd gear than it presently is and it (understandably I suppose) wants to get itself into 4th (top) gear as soon as possible. What this gearbox really needs though, is 5 or preferably 6 speeds. But then again remember that this is pretty much the cheapest new automatic car on the market and even the Yaris only has 4 speeds. So far as reliability is concerned, it is early days yet. The air conditioner compressor was faulty from new, making a very annoying grinding sound. It is due to be replaced under warranty. I'm not sure I can directly blame Kia for this since I imagine air conditioners for modern cars are made by third party manufacturers in the same way that airbags are. It was probably just the luck of the draw, though that said, I drove another example and although the air conditioner was far quieter than the one in our air, it was still disappointing to note how audible it was. Listen to the radio past about volume 7 and you probably won't really notice though.
- Picanto TA (2016-2017)
- Verified purchase
Great price for a great car
Great small car, good on fuel, easy to park, smooth drive with plenty of leg room for you & your passengers. Out of all the cars i have owned. The Kia Picanto is the best car for safety, space & great value $ for a small car. Love my Picanto
Best value city car on the market
Firstly I am writing this as when I was looking to purchase a small city car I had to do a lot of research, so I hope to assist those looking at this time. I ended up purchasing a KIA Picanto New from Muirs Kia Haberfield. The dealership is great, only I struggled to purchase a new car as I feel they loose value as soon as you drive out of the dealership. The main features that convinced me to go the new car path were,
1) 7 year new car warranty by KIA - for easy resale.
2) Fix price servicing- easy on the wallet.
3) Hyundai owns KIA - piece...
Questions & Answers
Is anyone else having problems with the Apple CarPlay system in their Kia Piccanto? Mine has NEVER worked and 10 weeks after getting my new car I am getting ZERO help in rectifying this. It is unreliable, frustrating and most of all unsafe! I don’t even use it now ... just have a black screen and my phone between my legs to use for navigation.
Does anyone too have hideous experiences in dealing with Aftercare service and with Customer scare service. In my whole lifetime as a consumer I have never been treated so poorly.
So so disappointed.
Has some minor problems with Apple Car play in new Piccanto but it was the phone not the car. Had to upgrade from an outdated Oppo Phone to a Samsung A 31 which was purchased from our local Betta electrical. Betta even came out to the car and set it all up. It can be a bit complicated and was glad an expert was setting it up...It works great now., just push a button on the steering wheel and tell it what you want...."Ring Mum"...."Play Taylor Swift"...same with addresses on maps....just push and hold steering wheel button and say the address....The map will come up. It will even do text to speech with messages.As for service and advice our local Kia Dealer where we purchased the car are always very helpful. I'd be looking at your phone and not the car....ours works perfectly.
So wrong Valerie .... absolutely NOTHING wrong with my phone .... After 10’plus weeks of battling with KIA Australia and they being absolutely unhelpful and appalling in customer service efforts, they admitted there WAS an issue in the Apple CarPlay system. They finally liaised with Apple and took back my car ... uninstalled the system... reinstalled with updates etc and now it is finally working perfectly.
The way KIA Australia treated me over that whole 12 weeks was absolutely disgusting.
Can someone please explain Kia Picanto's engine in simple terms, my knowledge is limited & seeking opinions, I am looking to drive approx. 100kms per day (Monday to Friday) on a high/motor way . Is the engine powerful enough to do the job? One of my colleague is trying to sell his 2016 Picanto 26k on odometer, he's quoted $10K. Also if I buy from a private seller can I still do the 7 year warranty thing from KIA? It expires in 2022. He used a private mechanic to service the car, not authorised showroom.
Is it worth it or should I get a used Swift around $18k, which is little over my budget. Any suggestions and feedback is welcomed.
Only buy a picanto if it’s top of the rang GT turbo as they fly they have a gutsy little GT turbo. And are easy to drive and park great on petrol you have all you need inside too with Apple car play GPS great sound system Cruz control it’s not that big for people to fit in for a long but if it just you it brilliant zippy little car that more than does the job around town and on long trips if only your doing them as I said space ok but would be better if there was more I love my GT turbo as it’s gets me around Perth fast if I need it and comfortable as I only have one person that gets in my car besides me love the Apple car play and the fact I don’t have to touch my phone in my car it will send text and read it too so safe as again only recommending the GT turbo brilliant car
Has anyone experienced front brake noise/grinding sound when braking and coming to a stop?
Yes, but I don't believe it's an issue... 6000km later it still sounds the same as when I got it brand new and braking performance is unchanged. The demo car I drove at the time also had the same sound.
I think it's just one of those "cheap car" things.
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||16" Alloy||16" Alloy||16" Alloy||16" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||4 Stars||5 Stars||4 Stars||4 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||5.8 L/100km||5 L/100km||4.8 L/100km||5.8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||35 L||35 L||35 L||35 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.25L||4 Cylinder 1.25L||3 Cylinder 1.0L||4 Cylinder 1.25L|
|Max Power||62kW @ 6000rpm||62kW @ 6000rpm||74kW @ 4500rpm||62kW @ 6000rpm|
|Max Torque||122Nm @ 4000rpm||122Nm @ 4000rpm||172Nm @ 1500-4000rpm||122Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea|
|Manufacturer Warranty||7 year(s)||7 year(s)||7 year(s)||7 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2017|
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