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2017 Kia Picanto Si Review


Good points

  • Great value for money
  • Actually very decent to drive
  • Roomy enough for four

Needs work

  • Not that cheap to run
  • Dated interior, no colour screen
  • Steel wheels are a bit 90s
2017 Kia Picanto in Signal Red

This is the cheapest new automatic car that you can buy – the 2017 Kia Picanto Si. At just $14,990 on the road, the pint-sized Picanto undercuts all of its similarly-sized automatic rivals. The Kia is about $4,000 cheaper than a Holden Spark; about $2,500 cheaper than a Mitsubishi Mirage, and about $2,000 less than a Suzuki Celerio.

The catch is that the other city cars often can be had for less if you don’t mind a manual gearbox. But these cars are meant for zipping around town, so an automatic can’t be beat. Kia smartly offer the Picanto in just one spec – and it’s a real bargain, combining a willing four-cylinder engine, a simple four-speed auto, cute looks, a decent interior and a seven-year warranty.

At fifteen grand you expect the Picanto to be pretty basic – and it is. So, after spending a week with the smallest Kia, is the Picanto all the city car you need – or is it worth stepping up to a more expensive and larger car?

2017 Kia Picanto size and profile

Key specs (as tested)

Naturally aspirated
63kW at 6,000rpm
120Nm at 4,000rpm
Continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Power to weight ratio
71kW / tonne
Fuel type
Fuel capacity
Average Range
660 kilometres
Front wheel drive
Engine configuration
3.6 metres
1.6 metres
1.5 metres
Unoccupied weight
885 kilograms
Cargo space seats up
200 litres
Cargo seats down
605 litres

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