Kia Picanto

4.13 | 15 Review(s)
This Jan, 2018 Model has expired

In Malaysia, Kia has discontinued the Picanto and this Cars model is out of production.

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Things we like in Picanto

Morden design

Ride quality

Loaded with features

Things we don't like in Picanto

Rear seat space could have been better

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Kia Picanto is one of the most premium and feature-rich hatchbacks in its segment. The five-door Picanto features a modern design, amazing ride quality, and style in eleven different exterior color options. It comes in two variants -EX AT and the GT-Line, powered by a 1.2-litre Kappa II naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine generating 84 PS of power. For safety, the vehicle is loaded with several latest equipment including six airbags, stability control hill start assist, ABS with EBD, and autonomous emergency braking. With a starting price tag of RM 49,518, it stands in the competition with Perodua Axia, Proton Iriz and Perodua Myvi.

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Picanto Features Highlights

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Kia Picanto Review 2024

The smallest of all the vehicles in Kia’s entire portfolio, the Picanto makes a strong case for itself. The small five-door hatchback is one of the most premium and feature-rich hatchbacks in its segment. The Kia Picanto is available in three different variants – 1.0 SL, 1.2 SL, and 1.2 GT Line, and in eleven color options – Clear White, Sparkling Silver, Alice Blue, Titanium Silver, Aurora Black Pearl, Shiny Red, Milky Beige, Celestial Blue,  Pop Orange, Lime Light, and Honey Bee.

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Brand Kia Malaysia
Price RM 44,888 - 57,888
Body Type Hatchback

Kia Picanto Interior & Features

On the inside, the Kia Picanto takes its premium appeal at a whole new level, thanks to the impeccable build quality and the long list of features it comes blessed with.

The rounded theme for the steering wheel with buttons for audio and Bluetooth on them look cute, however, the instrument console behind the steering wheel has a boring layout and fonts. The centre console looks quite unique due to the long thin strip of silver garnish running above the horizontal AC vents at the centre, which ends up just above the glove box. The floating type touchscreen infotainment system packs in all the modern features, including Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The Picanto also offers features like electrically adjustable and foldable rear view mirrors, height adjustable driver’s seat, tilt adjustable steering, and keyless entry. However, considering the short wheelbase of the Picanto, the rear seat space is quite low with limited legroom on offer.

Picanto Exterior

The Picanto blends in the aggressive design language of Kia’s other bigger vehicles effortlessly with a charming theme, which sure is meant to impress the younger set of buyers in the crowd.

At the front, the Kia Picanto gets the brands traditional “tiger nose” grille, in a sleek and horizontally stretched manner. The large headlamps come with projector units and daytime running LEDs within them, which along with projector fog lamps at the front make the Picanto look premium when viewed head-on.

The side profile of the Kia Picanto lacks any kind of visual drama and is designed quite in a simple manner. The multi-spoke alloy wheels have an impressive and extrovert design, though. The rear of the Kia Picanto looks minimalist, thanks to a simple rear hatch with C-shaped LED tail lamps on the outer edges of the hatch. The rounded trapezoidal housing, as well as vertical shape for reflectors and reverse lamps in the rear bumper, make it look trendy.

Kia Picanto Ride & Handling

Just like any other urban hatchback, the Kia Picanto sits on a monocoque frame and gets MacPherson Struts with Stabilizer with Gas Type Shock Absorber and Coil Spring at the front and Coupled Torsion Beam Axle with Gas Type Shock Absorber and Coil Spring at the rear. Given its prime usage in city conditions, the steering, as well as suspension setup, are on a softer side for effortless drivability. While the GT line variant gets 15-inch alloy wheels, the lower variants ride on smaller wheels.

Picanto Engine & Fuel Consumption

On the powertrain front, the Kia Picanto is being offered with two engine options, both of which are petrol powered. The smaller 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine produces 67 PS of power and 97 Nm of torque and is coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox. On the other hand, the bigger 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine pumps out more punch with 84 PS of power and 124 Nm of torque and is coupled to a 4-speed automatic gearbox only.

Kia Picanto Braking & Safety

For a car of this size and price point, the Kia Picanto is impressively equipped with premium safety features like front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, and reverse parking sensors.

Picanto Verdict

The Kia Picanto might be small in size, but it is high on aspirational value, considering the fact that it is quite loaded with premium comfort, convenience, and safety features. It also displays a sturdy build quality. The engine performance and ride and handling are decent enough to make it a great choice for first-time car buyers.

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  • A reliable daily commuter

    Kia Picanto has been an absolute favorite of mine since its launch. It is available in three trim levels, GT-Line, S, and GT, and all of them are...

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    Steven Jan 31, 2023 for Kia Picanto
  • Compact daily commuting car

    In the beginning, I wasn’t sure about buying the Kia Picanto. I was looking for a compact car for daily commuting. A friend suggested taking a look...

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    Aqsad May 27, 2022 for Kia Picanto
  • Perfect for daily commute

    I recently bought the Kia Picanto and I can say that it is one of the best cars you can buy for daily commute purposes in Malaysia. With a very...

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    Aizat Feb 17, 2022 for Kia Picanto
  • A great buy for daily commute

    I looked through a number of cars in the A-segment hatchback section of cars and none stood to be as good looking or fun to drive as the Kia Picanto....

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    Harrison Feb 15, 2022 for Kia Picanto
  • Facilitates a pretty decent-sized boot

    Kia Picanto is a mini-sized car that is a great vehicle to run within the city as well as for day-to-day commuting. The most attractive part of the...

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    shahzil Dec 02, 2021 for Kia Picanto
  • Small and impressive

    Hatchbacks could be fun, and the Kia Picanto is a great example of the same. The car feels a lot more premium than it actually is. I purchased it...

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    Fehmeed Sep 29, 2021 for Kia Picanto
  • A competitive hatchback

    Though the options in hatchbacks are huge, my decision of buying a lesser common Kia Picanto has really paid off for me. With over one-year of...

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    Aswab Jul 09, 2021 for Kia Picanto
  • Superb ride quality with ample safety features

    As a family man, my priority has always been them. Hence, I was looking for a car that would be fun to ride and have great safety features to look...

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    Bernardino May 20, 2021 for Kia Picanto
  • Small but impressive

    The Kia Picanto is an entry-level small hatchback but has impressed me with its performance. The handling is above expectation for a car like this....

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    Karl Adrian Mar 22, 2021 for Kia Picanto
  • Best creation from Kia- the all new P:icanto

    Powered by the Kappa 1.0MPI engine, the car has an increased efficiency which will helps me to drive smoothly on the roads. Here, Kia provided me the...

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    Iyaan Dec 18, 2020 for Kia Picanto
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The Kia Picanto price in the Malaysia starts from RM RM 43,170 and goes up to RM RM 59,888 (excluding SST).

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