2009 Kia Picanto | new car review

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 by

They don’t come much smaller and sweeter-looking than the little , so if you are looking for a cheap urban runabout to scythe through traffic with and fit into the smallest of parking spaces, then the pint size Kia could be worth a look.

Whilst this car is most certainly at the lower end of a very long pricing scale, it does deliver in its no frills, budget motoring promises and with a certain amount of cheeky flair and character.

There is the usual friendly Kia family face, and in general the style of the car is very clean and approachable, also with some nice curves and body-detailing lines and creases here and there to add interest.

Ultimately, the entire design is one of ultimate practicality, with that large and boxy body pushed as far to the corners of the car as possible in an attempt to maximize the inner space and passenger headroom as much as possible. But, Kia has managed to dress-up that extreme need for practicality in a package that is still pleasing enough to look at.

2009 Kia Picanto

In keeping with the basic and value market intensions of the Kia Picanto, the standard kit within the car could be said to be a little sparse, but there is always just enough to keep you comfortable and relaxed. The Picanto comes with 14-inch, covered steel wheels, a radio cassette player with four speakers, air-conditioning and a cloth upholstered cabin amongst a few other bits and bobs.

You can add further to your Picanto from the options list, but even with more money spent this car isn’t going to get a whole lot more comfortable. It is what it is, and that is low budget motoring.



2009 Kia Picanto

It will come as no surprise then that the Picanto comes your way with only a single choice of engine, and it will be no surprise again that engine is much more into the frugality side of things than the high performance side.

While the little one-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine should certainly return some very healthy fuel consumption figures, especially when mated to the manual rather than the automatic gearbox, it could never be described in any way as quick.

But as this is a relatively lightweight vehicle, the 85bhp motor should at least get things a little nippy when you want to work hard. All in all this must be one of the cheapest and cheekiest ways of moving four adults and their luggage from one place to the next, with very little tine spent waiting at the petrol pumps.

2009 Kia Picanto


Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
1.185975M / 4A

Price Range (AED) 26,000–36,000


One Response to 2009 Kia Picanto | new car review

  1. Kobus Rademan Reply

    May 26, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Good day

    I am looking for an owners manual for my Kia, the same as on the oicture, 2009. Where can i get one?

    Thank you

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