Kia Picanto (2017–)

Model History

January 2017

Kia revealed first images of all-new Picanto

A 15mm-longer wheelbase (2,385 mm to 2,400 mm) also pushes the wheels further out into each corner for a more confident appearance. The Picanto’s colour range is more vibrant than ever, with a range of bold paint colours designed to make the car stand out.

Inside, Picanto’s suite of high-tech comfort, convenience and safety features is underscored by a modern and refined new cabin design. At the heart of the cabin is a new ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system, making the latest in-car technology available to occupants. here is just about enough room inside for four average height passengers, but 6 footers will have trouble sitting behing each other. There is a proper well for a full sized spare wheel.

Buyers of the all-new Picanto will enjoy smarter packaging efficiency than ever before, with more cabin and cargo space than rivals in the segment. In spite of its extended wheelbase, the Picanto retains its characteristically compact dimensions.

Inside, the 2017 Kia Picanto's high-quality, high-tech cabin features a ‘floating’ 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. New in-car technologies and connectivity features including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a wireless smartphone charger. The new model also offers buyers greater potential for customisation than ever before, with 11 exterior paint colours and a range of interior colour packs for buyers to choose from.

April 2017

Prices announced for 2017 Kia Picanto

Picanto ‘1’ 69HP 5-speed manual £9,450

Picanto ‘2’ 69HP 5-speed manual £10,750

Picanto ‘2’ 85HP 5-speed manual £11,250

Picanto ‘2’ 85HP 4-speed torque converter auto £11,900

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 66HP 5-speed manual £11,950

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 83HP 5-speed manual £12,450

Picanto ‘3’ 85HP 5-speed manual £12,650

Picanto ‘3’ 85HP 4-speed torque converter auto £13,300

Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ 85HP 5-speed manual £13,950

September 2017

Picanto X-Line revealed

The rugged design is highlighted by contrast colour packs and raised ground clearance (to 156mm, 15mm higher than the standard Picanto), which also gives the driver a clearer view of the road ahead. The new derivative benefits from Kia’s 1.0-litre T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, making it the most powerful Picanto ever.

The all-new Picanto X-Line is powered by Kia’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI engine. Previously only available in the cee’d model family and new Rio, the lightweight, compact new engine is available with a Picanto variant for the first time.

The 1.0-litre T-GDI engine produces 100PS and 172Nm torque. The new 1.0-litre T-GDi engine is also being introduced to the sports-inspired Picanto GT-Line, with identical performance and power and torque outputs.

February 2018

Kia Picanto X-Line now in UK with Picanto X-Line 1.25 priced at £12,595 on the road.

July 2018

Picanto 1.0 T-GDi launched

The new engine develops 99bhp and 171Nm of torque, making it the most powerful Picanto ever. It can accelerate to 60mph in just 9.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 112mph.

The latest engine to join the Picanto range is available exclusively in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ grades and further broadens the appeal of Kia’s city car. Larger sports bumpers and red highlights within the upper grille, side air intakes and side sills deliver a sporting edge, with the dynamic look completed by a rear diffuser, twin exhaust tailpipes and 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/45 R16 tyres.

Bi-function projection headlights deliver a racier look, alongside LED daytime running lights at the front and LED lamps at the rear. Inside, the sporty appearance continues with black and red faux leather upholstery, stainless-steel pedals and satin chrome interior door handles.

‘GT-Line S’ models also feature an electric sunroof, heated front seats and steering wheel, automatic air conditioning, a smart key with engine start/stop button and cruise control with speed limiter, while satellite navigation, Kia Connected Services with TomTom and a wireless mobile phone charger are also standard.

Prices start at £13,320 for the ‘GT-Line’ model, with the 'GT-Line S’ version costing £14,720. The new powerplant already exceeds the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions regulations, with CO 2 emissions of 117g/km and a combined fuel economy figure of 55.4mpg.

The T-GDi engine accelerates the Picanto from standstill to 60mph in 9.8 seconds on the way to a top speed of 112mph. The new engine exceeds the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions regulations, with CO2 emissions of 117g/km and a combined fuel economy figure of 55.4mpg.

January 2019

Picanto Wave special edition revealed

Said to be inspired by sunny beaches and blue skies, a new Picanto special edition is now on sale called the Picanto Wave. Powered by the 1.0-litre petrol engine, developing 66PS at 5,500rpm and 96Nm torque at 3,500rpm, the Picanto Wave is finished in Celestial Blue premium paintwork with blue Denim-style cloth and faux leather upholstery.

Standard equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate, a reversing camera system with dynamic guidelines, a six-speaker audio system with 7.0-inch touchscreen display with RDS and DAB radio, Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM with voice control and a wireless mobile phone charger. In addition, there are white accents to the lower centre console trim, air vents and door armrest, together with satin chrome interior door handles and a centre console that features a storage box and sliding armrest.

The Picanto Wave costs £11,895 and has a five-speed manual transmission. Its combined fuel economy is 49.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 115g/km. Acceleration to 60mph is achieved in 13.8 seconds, with a top speed of 100mph.

October 2019

Updates for 2020 Kia Picanto

The Picanto now features Integrated Stop & Go (ISG) on all vehicles equipped with a manual gearbox. At the same time, the Picanto 1.0-litre now features four-seats, in place of the previous five-seat arrangement, and the entry-level model gets a style upgrade with a new design of wheel trims for the ‘1’ grade.

KIA Picvanto Zest In Lime Green 2020

January 2020

Kia Picanto Zest special edition announced

Priced from £12,650 and features bold Lime Light premium metallic paint as standard. Power comes from the entry-level 67PS 1.0-litre petrol engine combined with a five-speed manual gearbox.

Further standard kit includes 15-inch alloy wheels, grey faux-leather seats and a reversing camera. LED daytime running lights and rear lights are also included, as is rear privacy glass. The inside features black high-gloss trim and a seven-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

June 2020

Updated Kia Picanto launching in the third quarter of 2020

The facelifted Kia Picanto line-up uses the same 1.0 and 1.2-litre petrol engines as the outgoing model, but both have been updated to meet the latest WLTP CO2 emissions regulations. Updates include a new engine management system, a revised fuel injection system and improved exhaust gas recirculation lines.

The 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine offers 67PS and 96Nm of torque, while the 1.2-litre four-cylinder has an output of 84PS and 122Nm of torque. Kia says changes to both engines improve their fuel efficiency, but haven't published any mpg figures for the 2020 Picanto.

At the top of the Picanto line-up sits a revised version of the city car's turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit, which produces 100PS and 172Nm of torque and can switch between different combustion cycles depending on the driving situation.

All three engines come fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox - with a five-speed automatic gearbox available as an optional extra. In terms of safety updates, the 2020 Picanto will offer automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and a driver attention warning.

Inside, the Volkswagen Up rival has a new 4.2-inch digital dashboard and an eight-inch infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Buyers also have a choice of either cloth or faux-leather seat upholstery and a range of interior colour packs - lime, orange, red and green.

What does a Kia Picanto (2017) cost?

List Price from £10,200
Buy new from £10,072
Contract hire from £118.43 per month