Emma purchased this Kia Picanto new with additional options for $22,100 (including all on-road costs). Emma would buy this car again because: “I bought this car for my daughter to learn to drive in and then have as her first car. Personally, I would prefer to drive other cars, but it has been a perfect first car for her and would be for other young drivers.”
So far I have had no issues with the car. Everything seems to be working well and nothing has come loose. This is especially reassuring considering my daughter, who is driving the car, is not an experienced driver. Pretty good overall.
I bought this Picanto as a stopgap for myself as I had a bad experience with a used vehicle.
The idea for this purchase was to have a car for my daughter to learn in and then it will be hers to drive once she has a licence. I was after a small car with a bit of style and the Kia Picanto fit the style and price.
Due to me working close to home I have not put many kilometres on it. It is due for its first service and this was easily done online with various times for drop off and pick up to suit my needs.
I think in general the price of new cars has risen but I believe what I have got with this GT Line Picanto is great value for money. Full leather interior, leather steering wheel, hands-free Wi-Fi connected Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It doesn’t have digital radio but I can live without it.
Performance is a little underwhelming with a 1.25-litre, four-cylinder engine. Previous models had a turbo version and I think that could make a difference. Once driving out it on the open the fuel economy is fantastic.
Short runs to and from work make it a little more thirsty. With a 35L fuel tank you are limited to how far you can go.
The technology is pretty basic for this model with manual A/C switches and key start but the entertainment package competes with any other brand. My daughter is pretty happy about the Apple CarPlay option as, when she gets her P2 licence she can play her own music.
The ride is smooth and very comfortable for a very small car. It handles really well and parking is a dream. It is very easy to move around safely with the reverse camera and excellent vision from the vehicle. Perfect for a young driver.