2020 Kia Picanto Review

April 6, 2020

Living in Australia can be expensive. If you’re residing in one of the east coast’s population hot spots, a frequent user of public transport can expect to pay in excess of $140 a month, placing it near the top when compared to the rest of the world.

A significant slowing in wage growth has also occurred in Australia, with a recent parliamentary paper concluding with this fact after deeply analysing the Australia Bureau of Statistics data between 2013 and 2018.

Interestingly, the micro car segment has taken off, correlating somewhat with Australia’s macroeconomic trends. Last year, Kia dominated with an 80.5 per cent share of this segment. The year before, it finished up with a 69 per cent share. Kia reinvigorated the segment with the second-generation Picanto that landed in 2016, quite late in its model cycle, but truly took it to new heights with the new third generation we have here on test today.

At $16,990 drive-away, the 2020 Kia Picanto S auto is one of the cheapest cars on the market. Our tester is finished in Honey Bee yellow, which adds $520 to its MLP. What’s the damage as shown? A grand total of $17,525.60, drive-away, specifically in New South Wales. The price will vary depending on which state the vehicle is registered in if you opt for a cost-incurring paint.

Australia’s piqued interest for micro cars is a bloody good thing in my books. It means that people are able and willing to sacrifice a bit of size for more practical motoring. With its small proportions and lightweight package comes less fuel use and fewer consumables required to keep it on the road.

As a by-product, it makes it somewhat of an environmentally sound choice. Your subconscious green tendencies are also rewarded in other ways, as they’re a hoot to drive as a consequence of being lean.

The Kia Picanto S auto tips the scales at 995kg. Size-wise, it’s just shy of 3.6m long, a touch under 1.6m wide and a bit under 1.5m tall.

Read the full review here…