Published on March 22nd, 2019 | by Subhash Nair1
Kia Picanto GT Line Review: Quality>Quantity
The Kia Picanto is a tough car to review. On the one hand, it’s way too tiny and expensive for most Malaysians to consider. The standard Picanto comes in at RM49K, and this GT-Line model we tested with more features is RM10K more expensive. At that price, you can easily get yourself into a decently equipped local B-segment car. But for RM47K-58K, what the Kia Picanto offers is something you can’t really get anywhere else. It’s almost unquantifiable. In a word, it’s attention to detail.
In most smaller, budget-oriented cars, manufacturers have to shave off any excess cost. Where a cheaper plastic or pleather can be used, it is used. Where a simpler, more cost-effective design can be applied, it is applied. It’s understandable. But you don’t get that impression in the Kia Picanto.
The Kia Picanto is aimed at people who only need a very small car but don’t want to compromise on refinement, design and features.
NVH is also one of the Picanto’s key strengths. It compares
Last year we tested the standard model. This time around we got the GT Line to play with.
This brings in a few new features and a
For about RM10,000 more that’s actually a good amount of equipment you’re getting. But when I started driving the Picanto GT-Line, I came to realise nothing there added substantial value to my already positive experience of the car.
I liked the Kia Picanto because it was fundamentally a lovable small car. The sunroof and
Naza Kia got it right to begin with. Give me a plain, functional, large display that has support for Android Auto and Apple Carplay and leave everything else as simple as possible. That’s all I need in a car.
The only 2 features I appreciated
I suppose if money wasn’t tight and you wanted a fully specced small car, then the Kia Picanto GT Line would be an excellent buy. But if you’re shopping in this segment mostly because you can only spend a certain amount monthly, then I would suggest the regular Picanto. You’re getting 91% of the goodness for about 81% the price.
Kia Picanto GT-Line Specifications
Engine: 4-cylinder, 16-valve, naturally aspirated petrol
Gearbox: 4-speed Conventional Automatic
Max power: 83 hp @ 6000rpm
Max torque: 122Nm @ 4000rpm