2012 Kia Picanto | new car review

Posted on May 31, 2011 by
2012 Kia Picanto

Picanto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kia Motors has been amongst the most exciting brands in recent times. The Optima and Sportage have made fashion statements in their segments and the all new 2012 Picanto is poised to do the same in the small car market.

The overall design is intense with a gaping front end, pronounced creases running along the body and a smart choice of alloys. It comes in as many as 10 vibrant colours, amongst which “honey bee” yellow, “café mocha” brown and their campaign favourite, the “lemon grass” green highlights their interest in targeting young buyers.

Kia offers the Picanto with the 1.2-litre 4 cylinder KAPPA engine that delivers a useful 87PS i.e. 86bhp in old money and 121 Nm of torque.

2012 Kia Picanto

Picanto in “Alice blue”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A conventional 4 speed automatic transmission gets the power to the frontwheels. The claimed fuel economy figure of 18.7 kms to the litre or 5.4 ltrs/100km, seems achievable. For drivers needing a little more involvement, a 5 speed manual transmission is available on the cheapest trim level, the LX.

For a compact, the insides of the Picanto are welcoming in terms of space, seating comfort and general ergonomics. A sporty 2 spoke steering wheel and faux aluminium accents keep things interesting in the otherwise conventional interiors. Expect it to accommodate 4 average sized adults in relative comfort, but a fifth person would be a squeeze. The 60:40 folding seats complement the minimal boot capacity. The plastics are soft to touch and tightly put together but only a road test would reveal the squeaks and rattles and general fit and finish concerns.

2012 Kia Picanto

Picanto’s aggressive front end

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fully loaded EX model is a festival of features. It comes with a CD player with mp3 capability, USB port, aux input, fog lamps, alloy wheels, keyless entry system,  leather wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, Bluetooth, day time running lights, escort and welcome lamp, electric folding mirrors, airbag, ABS and sunroof. Also Kia promises a host of complex safety features not found on small cars such as Hill Start Assist Control (HAC),  Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) etc.

Prices for the LX start at Dhs. 36500, while the mid range EX model and full options EX, comes in at Dhs. 38,500 and Dhs. 43,000 respectively.

2012 Kia Picanto

Nissan Micra???

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kia is likely to find buyers amongst young women mostly college going, who will appreciate the compact dimensions for city trotting, creature comforts and a dash of style. Prospective Chevrolet Spark and Daihatsu Sirion buyers should entertain their thoughts, with this exciting new car before making a purchase.

We look forward to putting this little city slicker through some mountain road and some highway and will get our impressions to you soon.

Specifications:

Engines: 1.2-litre four cylinder
Max power (bhp @ rpm): 86 @ 6,000
Max torque (Nm @ rpm): 121 @ 4,000
Transmission: Four-speed automatic
Driven wheels: Front wheel drive

5 Responses to 2012 Kia Picanto | new car review

  1. Neak Punler Reply

    September 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I love it.. how much it?..

  2. mtjr-ksa Reply

    September 8, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I LOVE THIS CAR SO FAR, BEEN USING FOR MORE THAN A WEEK NOW VERY EASY TO DRIVE NICE AND COMFORTABLE INSIDE

  3. mr.newaz Reply

    November 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I LIKE IT AND BUY A NEW CAR BUT I DONT KNOW WICH COUNTRY MADE

  4. Ria Sarkar Reply

    June 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Another well-covered write up.  Absolutely great!!

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