KIA Picanto Review
Kia Picanto is a hatchback which is manufactured by South Korean automaker Kia. This drive was launched in the auto market in year 2004 for the first time and the second generation was offered in year 2011. It has been more than a decade but the drive has not lost its charm and in fact has kept firm grip in market. The appealing styling with muscular bodylines and sporty stance is what makes this drive a 'must-to-buy' family hatch. Kia Picanto comes with 2 engines with a differentiation in capacity for Filipino auto market. Both of the engines are decently efficient and churn appropriate power.
Engine, mileage & variants
Kia Picanto is packed with 2 dexterous engines – 1.0-Litre EX M/T Gas and 1.2-Litre Ex A/T Gas with D-CVVT technology. The 1.0-litre engine churns out a maximum power of 69 PS at 6200 rpm along with a maximum torque counting to 94 Nm at 3500 rpm. The 1.2-litre engine knocks out a peak power output measuring 87 PS at 6000 rpm alongside a peak measuring 120 Nm at 4000 rpm. The 1.0-litre engine shows a decent acceleration while racing from standstill to 100 kmph in 13.9 seconds with a top speed of 152 kmph. This engine delivers a mileage of 16.6-kmpl on combined terrains which is pretty impressive.
Kia Picanto hatchback has an appealing styling with a narrow upper front grille on which the Kia insignia is placed and a broad lower front grille in glossy black. The bold edgy headlights complements this front in the best possible manner. There are crisp bodylines on the sides of this hatchback to give it a sporty appearance. An antenna for improved entertainment network is placed on the sweeping roofline of Kia Picanto. The overall dimensions of this drive measures 3595 mm x 1595 mm x 1490 mm (L x W x H) along with wheelbase of 2385 mm. This peppy drive comes fitted with 14-inch steel wheel with 165/60 R14 tires in 1.0-litre engine trim and 15-inch alloy wheels with 1.2-litre engine variant.
The interior segment of this hatchback carries appeal and elegance with it. The dark upholstery on seats makes it look sporty and gracious. The dashboard is also designed to comfort the driver with all the gauges and instrument panel placed in an intelligent manner. The leather wrapped steering wheel and dashboard has chrome finishing on them which enhances the charm which this hatch carries. Red illumination on meters add sporty element in the cabin area. The entertainment segment is also decently equipped with AM/FM audio, USB, MP3, AUX, CD, iPod connection, Bluetooth and Micro SD card. This system enables you to enjoy the music of your genre at any time while enjoy a drive in this hatchback. You also get 4 speakers in all to get crisp sound of the music. The boot space offered in this Kia drive measures to 200-litre which can be enhanced to a maximum of 870-litre after folding all the rear seats with 60/40 split fold.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
Kia Picanto is engineered in such a manner that it absorbs shock waves and shifts it towards the side pillars to reduce the impact energy after an event of collision or hit. There are 3-point ELR belts at front, 2 similar ELR seatbelts at rear and one lap belt given to keep the occupants firm on their place even after an accident to safeguard them from any physical shock. Fog lamps at front ensure that there is clear visibility ensuring fog or rain. This hatchback has ventilated disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear to experience firm and efficient braking. For best handling of this Kia drive on high speeds, it is packed with McPherson strut with stabilizer and coil spring front suspension and coupled torsion beam axle with coil spring rear suspension.
Kia Picanto is a family hatchback with sporty and elegant exterior and interior. However, its unsatisfactory steering capabilities might disappoint you a bit.