Popular, small, and practical, the Picanto is one of the most affordable cars available on our market today. Kia’s urban model, which belongs to segment A, has completely changed its image, and is now more modern and sporty, better equipped and with more efficient engines.

With this new aesthetic approach, Kia claims it is the perfect vehicle for creating lasting memories in an urban lifestyle. “From working urban professionals to young adults driving their first car – part of the enduring success of the Kia Picanto is its appeal to a very broad audience,” says Sjoerd Knipping, Vice President of Product and Marketing for Kia Europe.

And the reflection of the European director goes a little further: “At a time when societies are fighting against rising prices, in which debates on urban space and quality of life are increasingly intense, the The new Picanto allows customers to enjoy the freedom that movement brings.”

The smallest car in the Kia family measures 3.59 meters in length and follows the same path as its older brothers, with a much more daring image than the previous model.

The new style is reflected, above all, at the front with three-pointed star-shaped headlights joined together by a central section.

The GT-line version of the photos provided by the Korean brand shows a bumper with a large air intake and can mount wheels between 14 and 16 inches. It also has a squad-shaped rear lights joined together, and the rear bumper incorporates a sporty-looking diffuser.

Kia offers only two gasoline versions: 1.0 (three-cylinder) and 1.2 (four-cylinder). The previous 100 hp turbo engine disappears. Both propellants receive mechanical improvements to reduce consumption and emissions.

It is surprising that they do not incorporate any hybridization system, neither light nor conventional, which is why they are labeled C from the DGT. The gearbox can be manual or automatic: manual type with piloted clutch, called AMT in both engines, always five-speed.

In driving assistance systems, when it arrives at the beginning of the year, it will be able to incorporate emergency braking with detection of pedestrians and cyclists, warning of neutrality, lane maintenance and warning of attention to the driver in the event that he stops acting on the steering wheel.

An 8-inch floating touchscreen navigation system is fitted as standard, and a 4.2-inch high-resolution digital display on the instrument panel.

The 8-inch touchscreen navigation system includes Bluetooth multi-connection. This makes it possible to pair up to two mobile devices at the same time: one for hands-free smartphone use and content playback, the other for content playback only. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems are included as standard.

Kia Connect technology comprises a series of services such as real-time traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest (POI) and data on potential parking locations, on and off public roads.

For its part, online voice recognition allows users to search for points of interest, directions or updated weather information. The new online navigation service uses real-time and historical traffic data, stored in the cloud, to predict faster and more accurate routes.