The facelifted micro car gains wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with higher prices to match.
- shares

The 2021 Kia Picanto has landed in Australian showrooms, with the facelifted hatchback range ushering in increased prices and upgraded exterior styling and fresh infotainment features.

The Picanto, which was Australia's top-selling micro car for July 2020, has risen in price by between $300 and $800 depending on the variant, but retained its sub-$15,000 entrypoint (before on-road costs).

Pricing for Kia's smallest hatchback kicks off from the S variant with manual transmission, which is priced from $14,690 plus on-road costs ($300 more than the MY20 version) or $16,490 drive-away.

Âbove: The 2021 Kia Picanto – European model shown.

The line-up tops out with the flagship GT Turbo variant, which has risen in price by $800 to $18,990 plus on-road costs, or $19,990 drive-away. The choice of premium paint adds $520 to the drive-away price of all variants.

In line with the price hikes, the entire Picanto range now gains an 8.0-inch touchscreen (an upgrade on the previous 7.0-inch version) plus a 4.2-inch colour supervision cluster.

It also adds wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Bluetooth multi-connection capability.

While the updated range will continue to offer forward crash alert and city-speed autonomous emergency braking as standard, the Australian models will miss out on the new safety features offered on overseas models, including blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert and lane-keep assist.

Above: European model shown.

The Picanto range has also been streamlined for the new model-year, with the mid-spec X-Line variant dropped.

"The X-Line was introduced as a special edition model during the 2019 Australian Open," a Kia spokesperson told CarAdvice.

"It was always intended to be a limited edition and we found most customers upgraded their purchase to the GT-Line trim. We will consider reintroducing a special edition Picanto model during 2021."

Picanto buyers have the choice of a new-generation, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine in the top-spec GT, which produces 74kW and 172Nm and is paired to a five-speed manual transmission.

The rest of the range maintains the same 62kW/122Nm 1.25-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine paired to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.

The GT-Line and GT variants gain a sportier look courtesy of a refreshed 'tiger-nose' grille, a restyled lower air intake, and a new rear bumper with faux dual exhaust tips, plus the addition of new 16-inch alloy wheels.

The Picanto comes with Kia's seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, with seven years of capped price servicing and seven years of roadside assist.

2021 Kia Picanto prices for Australia

  • Picanto S manual $14,690 (+$300) – $16,490 drive-away
  • Picanto S automatic $16,290 (+$300) – $17,490 drive-away
  • Picanto GT-Line manual $16,140 (+$250) – $17,990 drive-away
  • Picanto GT-Line automatic $17,740 (+$250) – $18,990 drive-away
  • Picanto GT Turbo $18,990 (+$800) – $19,990 drive-away

All prices exclude on-road costs in the first mention.

Above: The 2020 Kia Picanto S.