With its slick manual gearbox and utterly charming turbo three-cylinder, the Kia Picanto GT could be the 'performance' car bargain we all need.
There are fewer cars in the sub-$20,000 class than ever before. The updated Kia Picanto is one of the remaining viable options.
Kia's smallest and cheapest car gets improved for 2021. We drive the GT-Line specification to see if it's still the pick of the minnows.
Does one of Australia’s cheapest cars double as one of the smartest buys out there?
In 1976 a car entered the automotive landscape and changed the world. Okay, not the whole world, and not overnight, but in the world of performance motoring, things would never be the same again. It produced 81kW and 140Nm from a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, started out with a four-speed manual but later picked up a five-cog 'box, weighed 830kg, and could bolt to 100km/h in a reported 9...
While it mightn't be a proper 'GT', the turbocharged Kia Picanto is the definition of cheap thrills.
The higher-riding X-Line AO Edition is one half of Kia's expanded Picanto range alongside the warmed-up GT, giving prospective customers after its smallest model more choices. That's rarely a bad thing.
The Picanto GT is meant to attract new buyers to the super popular city car, but it presents a conflicted offering.
Kia has bolstered its top-selling micro car range with a sporty-looking GT-Line variant – but is it more style over substance?
We've driven the revised Kia Picanto at launch and we've tested the automatic version since then. Now we spend time with our pick of the range, the five-speed manual.
The 2017 Kia Picanto S offers an attractive combination of price and features, punching above its weight when it comes to drivability, too.