Despite its spicy sounding name, the Kia Picanto started life in 2004 as a fairly bland looking albeit cheaply priced and decently equipped city car. The second version in 2011 took full advantage of the Korean brand’s design awakening, famed German scribbler Peter Schreyer (he designed the original Audi TT, among other things) lending the company’s output some much-needed Euro flair and credibility.

Schreyer’s signature move was the introduction of the firm’s ‘tiger nose’ grille, which has become familiar over time but was a bold look when it was first unveiled.


A sound system with an AM/FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio streaming, Aux and iPod compatible USB inputs, and four speakers. A 7.0-inch touchscreen for controlling cabin functions, with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can plug in a compatible smartphone, display apps (including mapping) on the touchscreen, and control them from there.


The Picanto comes with stability control, six airbags, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors, auto-on headlights, daytime running lights, and seatbelt reminders on all seats. Picantos built from June 2017 also have autonomous emergency braking.

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