By Lauren Ferrone
Last updated on: June 19, 2018 at 10:41 pm
Though the Kia Picanto S got the highest score in this category, this pint-sized ride doesn't have a 5-star ANCAP rating which is needed for cars to be awarded the trophy. That means there's no official winner this year, but there's still a lot of good that comes with the Picanto S - here's what the judges said.
What sets it apart from the rest
The Picanto might be tiny, but it makes efficient use of its interior space and offers reasonable power under the bonnet for a car of its size.
What it’s like to drive
The pint-sized Picanto is ideal for city driving, but the 1.2L, four-cylinder petrol engine also packs some surprising punch making it competent on the open road at 100km/h.
Paired with an easy-to-shift, five-speed manual gearbox, the Picanto’s a smooth ride and its well-tuned European suspension makes it that bit livelier and entertaining to drive.
Starting at just $14,190 (plus on road costs) for manual and an additional $1500 for auto, it’s a little noisier than larger cars but, as expected, it won’t drain your tank as fast.
What it’s got
- Surprisingly spacious and comfy front seats.
- Bigger than expected rear legroom, but three kids in the back might be a squeeze.
- Easy-to-use and reach controls.
- Boot space is minimal, but the split/fold rear seat adds a little extra room.
- Improved safety features compared to the previous model, but unfortunately doesn’t meet the revised ANCAP requirements necessary to attain the latest five-star rating.
- Seven-year unlimited-kilometre warranty and roadside assist.
Is this the car for you?
Much like other vehicles in this class, the Picanto has been manufactured on a budget, but it has low repair costs and fuel consumption so is a good buy for those looking for an everyday runabout car. It also delivers in design and function over its class competitors, with better than average comfort and ergonomics
How the finalists fared against the Kia Picanto S