2017 Kia Picanto GT-Line Review

2017 Kia Picanto GT-Line Review

The all-new Kia Picanto city car made its public debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. The new Picanto will go on sale across Europe from the start of Q2 2017. Now in its third-generation, the new Kia Picanto brings a new, more energetic and youthful character to the A-segment. Boasting an assertive new design and a high-quality, high-tech new cabin, the latest model also offers buyers greater potential for customisation and promises to be the most versatile car in its class.

2017 Kia Picanto GT-Line

Exterior and Interior

Entry-level 1 trims come with 14-inch steel wheels with hubcaps while models in 2 trim benefit from body-coloured door handles and side mirror caps, a chrome grille surround and 14-inch alloy wheels.

Picanto 3 trims add 15-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, a rear parking camera and chrome door handles. GT-Line models feature 16-inch alloy wheels, sportier front and rear bumpers, dual exhaust tips and LED daytime running lights.

2017 Kia Picanto GT-Line Review

The Picanto features a roomy 255-litre boot and comes with a decent amount of equipment as standard. Entry-level 1 models come with electric front windows, a radio with AUX and USB ports, 60:40 split folding rear seats and six airbags. Choose a 2 model and you’ll be offered air conditioning, electric rear windows, heated door mirrors, partial leather trim and an upgraded stereo with two extra speakers and Bluetooth connectivity.

Kia’s 3 trim adds a digital display in the instrument cluster, cruise control, emergency city braking and a seven-inch infotainment system with sat-nav, voice recognition, a DAB digital radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. GT-Line trim is based on the Picanto 2 but adds red faux leather seats, satin chrome door handles and tinted rear windows. Range-topping GT-Line S models feature a wireless phone charger, an electric sunroof, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

2017 Kia Picanto GT-Line Review

Under the Hood

The Picanto’s available with a choice of two 1.25-litre and 1.0-litre petrol engines mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic. The smaller 66hp 1.0-litre engine will return 64.2 mpg while the more powerful 83hp 1.25-litre unit serves up a respectable 51.4 mpg. These engines will be best suited to pottering around town rather than cruising at motorway speed.

2017 Kia Picanto GT-Line Review

Price and Available

GT-Line S and 3 models come with emergency city braking as standard– this system can bring the car to a complete stop at slow speeds to help avoid an accident. It’s also offered as a ₤ 350 option on other models in the Picanto range.