Kia Picanto 2021 evaluation | CarsGuide

Like its dimension or not, the Kia Picanto is a comparatively unusual presenting which is also excellent benefit. The base S, for illustration, begins from just $14,390 just before on-road expenses, which would make it the second most inexpensive brand new automobile on sale in Australia (pipped, just, by the shortly-to-be discontinued Mitsubishi Mirage ES).

Visualize how taken aback I was to explore that this incredibly economical little auto has wi-fi Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Car (an Australian initial) on its huge 8.-inch touchscreen. Remarkable. This is a element we were surprised arrived on a $50k Audi Q3, and listed here it appears on what could quickly be Australia’s most inexpensive brand-new car.

The Picanto features a giant 8.0-inch touchscreen (pictured: 2021 Picanto GT-Line). The Picanto capabilities a large 8.-inch touchscreen (pictured: 2021 Picanto GT-Line).

The foundation S also has ‘upgraded’ (but nonetheless dull) halogen headlights, and a whole color multi-purpose display in the dash cluster. The exact same fabric seats, 14-inch steel wheels, plastic steering wheel, and basic air conditioning also function.

The base S has ‘upgraded’ (but still dull) halogen headlights (pictured: 2021 Picanto S). The foundation S has ‘upgraded’ (but still uninteresting) halogen headlights (pictured: 2021 Picanto S).

Upcoming rung up is the GT-Line setting up from $16,140. It receives re-intended and much more intense styling front and rear, a established of upgraded projector headlights and LED DRLs, 16-inch alloy wheels, a much better inside remedy such as gloss finishes, soft-contact surfaces, as effectively as a leather certain wheel and leather-seem seats, alloy pedals, and a centre console box.

The GT-Line gets a set of upgraded projector headlights (pictured: 2021 Picanto GT-Line). The GT-Line gets a set of upgraded projector headlights (pictured: 2021 Picanto GT-Line).

A relatively antiquated 4-speed (torque converter) automatic transmission can be optioned to exchange the common five-velocity guide at a $1600 top quality on possibly variant.

Both cars also get a first rate basic safety suite (with a caveat) spelled out later in this assessment, and as normally this car’s prolonged 7-year guarantee is a main attract.

The top-spec GT handbook will also return afterwards this calendar year at $18,990 and will contain a marginally revised 1.-litre three-cylinder engine and 5-velocity guide at $18,990. Ultimate spec hasn’t been locked in for this halo variant, so stay tuned for a single vehicle evaluate when it becomes accessible.

How does the Picanto evaluate to rivals other than the Mirage? You could review it in opposition to the increasingly preferred MG3 Main (vehicle-only from $17,190) or similarly-sized Suzuki Ignis GL (from $16,960).