Micro car sales in Australia have slumped – and Kia is hoping to attract more buyers back to the segment with this, the Kia Picanto.
It’s not due to arrive on our shores until the end of the first quarter of 2016 – and the Aussie specs are yet to be confirmed.
We met the Picanto over in England and spent some time with it driving around Cornwall.
When it comes to the exterior, it has a bit of character with some nice lines on the body, and Kia’s tiger nose grill.
Inside, the silver touches give it a nice feel and a bit of style, some others in this segment are a lot more plain and basic.
The driver and passenger seats are comfortable, though there’s not a lot of room in the back seats. That’s expected in a car this small though.
Winding through the narrow lanes, the Picanto feels stable and solid on the road – it may weigh less than a tonne but it feels mature for its baby size.
The Picanto will only be available in one trim level – with a 1.25-litre four cyclinder petrol engine and a choice of manual or automatic transmission.
With an expected price point of almost 15 thousand drive away for the auto, we will have to wait and see what features and tech Kia includes.
With Kia's benchmark seven-year warranty - provided its well equipped - the Picanto should prove to be popular for small car buyers.