Kia Picanto wins Australian Micro Car of the Year

December 19, 2018 2:49 pm | Peter Warren,

Micro cars are tiny, city focused vehicles that prioritise affordability and efficiency above all else. The Kia Picanto is the best car in this class, according to national vehicle appraisal program, Australia's Best Cars (ABC).

The ABC rates options according to three main categories – value for money, design and function, and on road ability. The little Kia Picanto consistently outperformed its closed rivals in every respect, proving it's the whole package for drivers looking to navigate the city safely without breaking the bank. 

We got behind the wheel of one of these miniature wonders to find out what all the fuss is about. 

Design and function

The Kia Picanto was designed collaboratively by Kia's divisions in Germany and Korea. The European design influence is obvious, with smooth curves running down both sides of the car and a gently sloping hood and windscreen. It's cheeky and bold but understated.

There's no denying this car is small – however, they've used the space inside efficiently and packed the car with features. It's got rear parking sensors, daytime running lights, dusk sensing automatic headlights, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 7-inch LCD touch screen. The cabin is also surprisingly roomy, with plenty of storage. 

On road ability

You're not going to get a gold medal at track day in the Kia Picanto, but this little pocket rocket is strapped with a motor that's more than up to the task of zipping around the city. The 1248 cc engine belts out over 83 hp and 122 Nm of torque, which is enough to push the car around fairly quickly. 

The most affordable transmission option is an effective 5-speed manual, but there's a 4-speed automatic available too. 

Value for money

As excellent as the Kia Picanto is in every category, it's absolutely unbeatable when it comes to value for money. With all the technology and features of cars twice or even three times its price, this is seriously good buying.

To get behind the wheel of Australia's micro-car of the year, drop in to Peter Warren Kia in Warwick Farm today for a test drive.