DRIVEN: New Kia Picanto 1.2L tested in Malaysia

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DRIVEN: Kia Picanto 1.2L and Manual

With a tagline #8216;All in Small#8217;, Naza confidence that the new Kia Picanto with all that small car want is apparent. With starting from below for the manual to around RM64k for the (estimated, final price yet to be by the government), it#8217;s not a bargain, but you do get for the money.

UPDATE: Pricing for the has been confirmed #8211; for the M/T and RM59,888 for the A/T, OTR with

Some of the toys in the Picanto#8217;s aren#8217;t even available as in large executive sedans, so like six airbags, ESP, brakes at each corner, Start Assist, keyless start, LED DRLs and Bluetooth stand out in a segment that the Mitsubishi Mirage. Suzuki and sister Hyundai i10. aside, the Kia will also to draw punters away Malaysia#8217;s best selling the Perodua Myvi .

Its case pretty solid on paper, so the thing left to do is to drive it and out if the second-generation Picanto TA really have it all.

First impressions are pleasant. The is unmistakably Kia, but there#8217;s an dose of cheekiness to the design compared to bigger sibling The front fascia is the chief to the cheeky image, with a big mouth matched with #8216;eyes#8217; for a cartoonish face.

I can picture Kermit the Frog the Picanto in its signature Lemon green. Like the Muppet, the car is

The rear end design fascinates me It#8217;s not conventional for the rear to take up a bigger portion of space than the metal and the boomerang rear lights its three-claw LED signature are very The lines don#8217;t really where you#8217;d expect to, but it all works out in a unique way.

The is an important model for Kia in Europe, city cars aren#8217;t only because they#8217;re and characterful design goes a way in attracting urban youth. cars shouldn#8217;t be taking too seriously, and the Picanto looks a fun companion already.

Speaking of the continent, the spec we#8217;re getting is no poorer what a customer in Paris With six airbags (dual side, curtain) and ESP as standard, Picantos can proudly display the NCAP four-star sticker fear of misrepresentation.

Also are four disc brakes drums are par for the segment) and ISOFIX points for child seats. The parking assist has four two more than the usual

The creature comfort list is in the manual, great in the automatic. headlamps, projector headlamps manual levelling, LED daytime lights, electric folding mirrors, trip computer and audio with AUX/USB are across the board.

The automatic adds on 15-inch alloys a more interesting pattern (14 on chrome door handles, fog lamps, Supervision cluster two extra speakers (total steering controls and Bluetooth for the leather wrapped steering and the now de party piece #8211; entry with push button. The standard key is a jackknife-style with the #8216;Picanto#8217; logo on the unused middle button, a but cool touch.

Other additions include a box for illumination for the cup holders and a large vanity mirror with LED The diodes, three on each light up in stages for a touch of drama in this moving room. None of these are essential to the business of driving, but add to the feel good factor of a full-spec car.

All those are contained within a cabin is minimalist in layout and simple to The dashboard design isn#8217;t too from that in the Rio. a centre stack that#8217;s an of the instrument panel. Here, the air con vents flank the factory instead of sitting above it.

The hooded dials are also from the Rio. although the and design are pretty basic in the A fuel efficiency coach is in both variants #8211; prompts for the manual and a green ECO for the auto.

It#8217;s all nice and save for the steering wheel with its highlighted mouth widely at you. I like and feedback from the steering but not in this form. Also, a manual shift knob the basic black ball go amiss.

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Nothing outstanding quality but there#8217;s no sore thumb As expected in this segment, plastics are hard but at least aren#8217;t shiny and the texture is to the touch. Fit and finish is good, and the feel is more premium in the i10 or Mirage.

The latter somehow very basic despite kit like climate control and start, highlighting the importance of in creating the subjective, but all-important

The seats are comfortable and there#8217;s a height adjuster that the driver#8217;s chair to go low enough for my avoiding the #8220;sitting on, instead of in the feeling.

The Picanto is an easy car to from the get go, even the manual, has a very light clutch and gear shift action. The lack of resistance and vague aren#8217;t plus points for drivers, but it#8217;s forgivable in a car the Picanto, where ease of use is top

You#8217;ll get used to it in no time, as I rowing through the gears to keep the 87 PS/120 Nm 1.2 litre engine on boil. With two on board, the four-cylinder CVVT was adequate to the task. The engine slow but comes alive in the mid so you#8217;ll need to work it for fast driving.

I can imagine it a bit with a full load of adults, but that can be said of its too #8211; this is a small car after all.

Fortunately, the has the best refinement and insulation in a car of size in Malaysia, and then The engine may be working hard, but you and feel very little of it, less than in a Myvi, or City, in fact. Even noise is well suppressed at above the national highway

Encountering a small car with grown-up manners wasn#8217;t big of a surprise #8211; we rate the i10 highly because of this, the newer car raises the benchmark by a

The polished performance was abetted by ride comfort on the manual#8217;s wheels. The Picanto rides bumpy roads with the of a bigger car, although we confirm if it#8217;s the same on the 15-inch rims #8211; our in the top spec car was on smooth highway.

The automatic performed as expected, shifts coupled with the to kickdown at slight demands for shove.

The latter isn#8217;t an in normal daily driving for people, but a heavy footed is sure to coax out plenty of from an otherwise civilised

Like the Mirage, the Picanto can be harder than you#8217;d It serves up a fair bit of roll in but ignore the lean and you#8217;ll decent grip from the tyres. Would have more fun if the electric power didn#8217;t feel so isolated.

On the hand, the brakes were a sensitive, but stopping power is

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