Unveiling the Refreshed 2024 Kia Picanto: Packed with Value, Safety, and Style
In the realm of compact cars, the 2024 Kia Picanto is making waves with its refreshed design, updated features, and a commitment to safety. While it may no longer claim the title of Australia's cheapest car, the new Picanto brings a host of improvements, making it a compelling choice for those seeking affordability without compromise.
Pricing and Specifications: A New Standard
The 2024 Kia Picanto lineup introduces a shift in pricing, with the base Picanto Sport manual starting at $17,890 before on-road costs ($20,690 drive-away). While it relinquishes the title of the cheapest car to the MG 3, the Picanto compensates with a substantial increase in standard equipment.
The base grade now includes active blind-spot and rear cross-traffic assists, lane-keep, and lane-centring systems – features notably absent in the competing MG 3. The upgraded Picanto Sport also boasts more comfort and convenience with a leatherette-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, power-folding exterior mirrors, and a 4.2-inch instrument cluster screen.
The flagship GT-Line receives a makeover with new 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and tail lights, metal sports pedals, and a rear USB-C charging port. The full-width lighting elements on both ends contribute to its distinctive look.
Under the Hood: Power and Efficiency
Beneath the updated exterior, the 2024 Kia Picanto retains its 1.2-litre four-cylinder powertrain, delivering 62kW of power at 6000rpm and 122Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The choice between a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission ensures a tailored driving experience.
While the power outputs remain consistent, there's a slight uptick in combined cycle fuel consumption, with manual models now at 5.4L/100km and automatic models at 6.0L/100km. The Picanto runs on 91 RON regular unleaded fuel and features a 35L fuel tank.
Dimensions and Space: Compact Yet Spacious
The 2024 Kia Picanto strikes a balance between compact dimensions and ample space. Measuring 3595mm long, 1595mm wide, and 1485mm tall on a 2400mm wheelbase, it offers practicality without sacrificing maneuverability. The 255L of luggage space, expandable to 1010L with folded rear seats, caters to the needs of everyday life.
Servicing and Warranty: Peace of Mind on the Road
Kia stands behind its cars with a generous seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, providing owners with peace of mind for the long haul. While service pricing for the 2024 Picanto is yet to be released, the outgoing model enjoyed seven years of capped-price servicing, with intervals of 12 months or 15,000km.
Safety First: A Comprehensive Package
Despite its compact size, the Picanto prioritizes safety with a robust set of features. While its current four-star ANCAP rating will expire at the end of December 2023, all Picanto models come standard with autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot assist, driver attention warning, lane-keep assist, and rear cross-traffic assist, among others.
Standard Equipment: Setting the Bar High
The Picanto Sport, formerly known as the S, sets a high standard for its class. Boasting 14-inch alloy wheels, automatic high-beam, LED rear fog lights, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a leatherette-wrapped steering wheel, it offers a comprehensive package that goes beyond the basics.
For those seeking a more premium experience, the GT-Line adds further flair with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, tail lights, and power-folding, heated exterior mirrors, among other features.
Colors and Customization: A Personal Touch
The Picanto is available in Clear White as standard, with additional finishes such as Sparkling Silver, Astro Grey, Aurora Black Pearl, Signal Red, Sporty Blue, and Adventurous Green, each costing an extra $520.
As Kia continues to evolve its Picanto lineup, the 2024 model promises to be a contender not just in terms of affordability but as a well-rounded, feature-rich, and stylish choice in the competitive compact car market. Stay tuned for updates on service pricing, and get ready to experience driving in a new light with the refreshed Kia Picanto.