2008 Kia Picanto | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

With smart design and
exceptional value packaging in its models, Kia Motors is on its way
to become a ‘young, sporty and friendly’ brand. The Picanto is
the brand’s A-segment model that offers a good mix of
interior feel, reasonable refinement and space of a supermini.

With wheels-at-a-corner
approach, the car’s design combines a compact exterior with a
spacious interior. The Picanto was freshened last year and given the
Kia family face. Some minor interior improvements were also
undertaken.

The inside of the Picanto
is surprisingly upmarket for its price. The neatly designed cabin
offers decent accommodation for four adults and some cargo space.
Build quality has improved quite drastically and is as good as you
get in this segment, with Kia striving to compete on an equal footing
with its Japanese competitors.

The Picanto is available
with a four-cylinder 1.1-litre engine with manual or automatic
transmission. This transversely placed engine generates 85bhp and
97Nm of torque, giving the Picanto enough get up and go to rival the
best in its class.

Boasting a high level of
equipment including airbags with EBD and all-round disc brakes, the
Picanto takes Kia into yet another market niche. Standard are body
colour bumpers, mirrors and door handles, central door locking,
electric windows and tinted glass. The top spec models get alloy
wheels, as well as sill extensions, rear spoiler and front fog lamps.

Picanto fits into the
vibrant small urban car category as well as meeting the needs of the
lower end of the supermini market. The car will especially appeal to
existing supermini customers not wishing to ‘up-size’ to the
latest generation of supermini offerings.

Technical Specifications
Engine1.1-litre 4-Cyl
Power85 Bhp
Torque97 Nm
TransmissionManual/Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 26,000 upto 36,000*

 

 

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Hyundai Atos Prime
Chery QQ3
Chevrolet Spark
Daihatsu Charade
Suzuki Alto

 

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