Coming in at 3rd on AutoExpress' "Best City Car to buy in 2018", Kia have released their third generation of popular city roamer, the Picanto. Starting from £9,495, the All-New Picanto takes a sporty twist on the modern city car with the parallel release of a GT line.
There are two available engines for the new Picanto - a smaller, 3 cylinder, 1.0L 66bhp engine that can push the car to 100mph, with a 0-60mph time of 13.8 seconds under a five-speed manual transmission. Alternatively, you can opt for the slightly meatier, 4 cylinder, 1.25L 83bhp engine that can run both a five-speed manual, or four-speed automatic transmissions. The automatic transmission boasts the same stat-line - 100mph, with a 0-60mph time of 13.8 second. However, the five-speed manual version of the larger, 1.25L engine grants an extra 7mph, pushing the top speed to 107mph, and reducing the 0-60mph time to 11.6 seconds.
The South Korean car manufacturer have shown off their sporty side, but have also emphasised the importance of creating an efficient car too. All models of Kia's new city car have a 35 litre fuel tank which can reach up to 64.2mpg, according to Kia. This is not nearly the highest mpg of the current range of city cars, with the official mpgs of the Suzuki Celerio, the Smart Fortwo, and the VW Up! exceeding 70mpg, but 64mpg is hardly worth looking down on.
The All-New Picanto is of an average size for a city car, 1485mm high and 1595mm across, small enough to sneak through the city streets, yet big enough to protect you well in an accident if one were ever to occur.
Various different lines of the All-New Picanto are available, starting from the basic versions, labelled with little imagination, using numbers 1, 2 and 3. Very little changes between these few models besides progressively turning the plastic bits into chrome bits, or ever so slightly increasing the size of the rims, or some of the little gadgets on the inside, but as far as development goes for the basic lines of cars, it's never much more is it?
After the basic models, there is the GT Line, the GT Line S, and the X Line. These ones are exciting and get special sporty bumpers, a twin exhaust, and LED lights. For me to go through every single difference there is for every single line of Picanto would be tedious for both you as a reader and me as a writer - the main thing to know is the basic models start at £9,495, and the most pricey model is the GT Line S, hoisting the price up a little to £13,995 before extras.
All in all, the All-New Picanto seems to be a good option for people seeking a car for the city - small, efficient, relatively cheap, and Kia has offered a good range of selection to tender the car to what exactly it is that you as a driver may want.
But it is impossible for city cars to go unrivaled though, as when Volkswagen's Up!, or the Skoda Citigo (Ranked 1st and 2nd respectively in AutoExpress' City Car rankings for 2018, just above the Picanto) are both available too alongside a plethora of other micro city vehicles, there is a vast amount of choice for such a simple car.
It really can be quite difficult to choose just one.