In the A segment, the Kia Picanto was the undisputed leader in the first three months of 2021. During that period, the crazy Korean crossed the dealer thresholds 2,187 times. It was even close to whether the Picanto had become the best-selling car in the country in the first quarter. Only the Volvo XC40 (2266) fared slightly better.
With many brands, the entry-level model is a bare, air-conditioned showroom decoy. But with the cheapest Kia Picanto (14,995 euros) you do not have to bite in terms of equipment. It’s called ComfortLine, and that name is not a flag on a mud barge. At Kia they understand that everyone nowadays wants air conditioning, electric windows in the front doors and cruise control. It’s all there, as well as a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a digital radio and bluetooth. Add 1000 euros for the DynamicLine, and you also get 14-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto. You can also electrically adjust and heat the exterior mirrors.
The most important prices of the Kia Picanto at a glance:
1.0 DPi ComfortLine (67 pk) € 14.995
1.0 DPi DynamicLine (67 pk) € 15.995
1.0 DPi DynamicPlusLine (67 pk) € 17.295
1.0 DPi GT-Line (67 pk) € 18.095
1.0 T-GDi GT-Line (100 pk) € 21.495
1.0 T-GDi X-Line (100 pk) € 21.495
The days when only a dachshund and toddler could fit in the backseat of an A-segmenter are long gone. Provided that no one is taller than roughly 1.80 meters, you can just step out with four people in the Kia Picanto. In fact, the main room is remarkably large. With a capacity of 255 liters, the trunk of the Picanto is narrowly the most spacious in this segment.
In the Netherlands, plagued by CO2 tax, compact cars are particularly popular, especially among private car buyers. They are not only happy with the manageable price of the Kia Picanto. Many consumers are also convinced with a reassuring package of certainties.
For example, no other volume brand offers a seven-year manufacturer’s warranty. Okay, there’s a catch: there’s no mileage limit for the first three years alone. After that, a maximum of 150,000 kilometers applies. But who drives more than 21,000 kilometers with a city car every year? In addition, the Picanto comes with a 5-year paint warranty (max. 150,000 km), 12-year body warranty, 3-year audio warranty (max. 100,000 km). The package also includes 7 years of international roadside assistance. Buying a Picanto is a bit like accepting a job as a civil servant!
The Netherlands is not only known for its high purchase prices for cars. Gasoline is also expensive here and another hated expense is the road tax. Fortunately, the Kia Picanto is not a big drinker. Depending on the engine variant, the official WLTP consumption is 4.8 (1: 20.8) to 5.4 liters per 100 km (1: 18.5). We see outgoing Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra looking more and more difficult. And that is not only due to the surcharge scandal and Omtzigt gate. Because with all those lightweight Picantos (874-924 kg), his road tax pot is also barely covered (75-82 euros per quarter). Add to that the limited depreciation, and you know that you can keep the operating costs of the Picanto under control.
Fortunately, the granny look of city minis is now a thing of the past. The current Kia Picanto is nothing like cars like the Suzuki Wagon R +, Hyundai Atos or Volkswagen Fox. Even as a youngster you can easily show yourself in a new Picanto. Especially if you opt for the sporty GT-Line (from 18,095 euros, see photos). It has sporty bumpers and side skirts, extra tough alloy, a flattened sports steering wheel and exciting red accents on the inside and outside.
Unfortunately, the base engine’s performance lags a bit behind those cruel looks. A 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 67 hp (0-100 km / h in 14.6 s) does not give us a steep fall, although you can easily handle it in the Netherlands. Especially with the current speed limits. Do you want a Picanto that accelerates to 100 km / h in 10.3 counts and is also smooth on the intermediate sprints? Then choose the happily grunting, 100 hp turbo version. As a GT-Line, it costs 21,495 euros. That’s very spicy for a Picanto! Anyway, you also get a whole package of modern safety systems, a sunroof, steering wheel and seat heating and a wireless smartphone charger.
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