KIA Picanto

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₱635,000 - ₱798,000
SRP Price in Manila
Picanto Specs
Engine 998 cc
Power 68 hp
Seating 5 seats
Ground Clearance 151 mm
Driver Airbag Yes
Power Steering Yes

Picanto Pros & Cons

Things We Like in Picanto

The compact dimensions of the Kia Picanto make it a great urban hatchback. While it doesn’t sacrifice on dimensions to make it as small as possible, the dimensions of the Picanto feel absolutely perfect to make it look and feel perfect for daily urban commutes and tackling city traffic on daily usage.

While most of the entry-level hatchbacks sacrifice on interior quality and availability of modern comfort and convenience features, the Kia Picanto is not one such case. This compact city hatchback has some really nice features like a touch screen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, 60:40 split rear seats, automatic climate control, steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls and many more, making it feel premium every bit when on the inside.

Despite its compact dimensions, Kia deserves full marks in making the cabin of the Picanto quite spacious and practical. The presence of practical bits like 60:40 split seats, number of cup holders and storage bins and large glovebox opens up space for storing your small as well as big luggage.

Things We Dont Like in Picanto

The Kia Picanto has been equipped with decently powerful 1.0-litre as well as 1.2-litre petrol engines. However, when it comes to offering fuel economy, they are right at the top of the game or even close to the benchmark.

The overall compact dimensions of the Kia Picanto give it a cute stance. However, the quirky exterior styling of the Picanto might not be to everyone’s taste.

Recent Updates of KIA Picanto

This is probably the most funky-looking hatchback that we’ve got in the market right now. Kia has clearly targeted the youth of the country with its Picanto. It features large projector-type headlamps, LED daytime running lights, sporty front bumper with colour accents and fog lamps, Kia’s unique front grille, gorgeous alloy wheels, and whatnot. Even the interior gets a sporty all-black theme with red hues here and there. In terms of comfort, it has decent space at the back whereas people at the front would have no problems. For the entertainment, there’s a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system compatible with Android Auto. You can have the Picanto in either a 1.0-litre engine with 68 hp or 1.2-litre engine with 86 hp. The transmissions here include a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 4-speed automatic. Available in 4 variants, the starting price of the Picanto is Php 590,000.

Picanto Price List

Variant Price Specifications  
1.0 SL MT ₱635,000 *
SRP Price
998 cc, 68 hp, 5 seats, Gasoline
1.2 SL AT ₱696,000 *
SRP Price
1248 cc, 86 hp, 5 seats, Gasoline
1.2 GT Line AT ₱798,000 *
SRP Price
1248 cc, 86 hp, 5 seats, Gasoline
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KIA Picanto Colors

Picanto is available in 11 different colors - Orange, Blue, Titanium Silver, Auora Black, Clear White, Shiny Red, Light Yellow, Alice Blue, Honey Bee, Milky Beige and Sparkling Silver.

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  • Blue

  • Titanium Silver

  • Auora Black

  • Clear White

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Picanto Fuel Consumption

Variant Mileage (City) Mileage (Highway)
Gasoline 20 29.4

Picanto Review

  • Overview
  • Interior & Features
  • Exterior
  • Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Braking & Safety
  • Verdict


Kia has had a presence in the Philippines for some time now. Their bestselling hatchback, the Picanto, has been on sale since 2008. The newest version of the Picanto has now been made available in the country. What’s more, KIA has also brought along the GT spec variant with its red accents and modern looks. The car was launched in January last year and was launched in the country in August.  The Picanto has made a name for itself in other markets with well-appointed interiors and driving dynamics not normally seen in this segment. It has been made available in the country a 1.2L litre engine with either an automatic or a manual. The GT Line spec adds in some niceties on the exterior. Prices for the Picanto start at Php 635000 for the base variant and go up to Php 798000 for the GT Line spec. The Picanto faces off against the Suzuki Swift, Toyota Wigo and Mitsubishi Mirage among the many possibilities in the crowded A segment in the country. The Kia has to be something really special to justify these prices.

Interior & Features

Moving inside, we find a modern and sophisticated interior that compliments the exterior well. The cabin materials and the cloth wrapping the seats have a nice feel. The cabin is spacious as well. There is 1300 mm of shoulder room at the front and 1280 mm of shoulder space at the rear. The dash has been redesigned to free up more legroom. The seats in the rear are 60:40 split foldable to do the same. The car itself is not that big but for its size, it provides ample room for its passengers. The dashboard layout is simple and elegant. Tall upright air conditioner vents at the two ends with the horizontal trim piece running across the centre of the dash gives it a chic European feel. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and feels nice to hold. Behind it is a twin-pod instrument cluster with an LCD multi info display in the middle. The centre console has large practical dials for the manual air conditioner. The infotainment is handled by a digital radio that is equipped with Bluetooth, USB and AUX functionality. There is no touchscreen but the radio itself does a good enough job along with the 4 speakers. The cargo space is big enough for a full-sized overnight bag.


Kia has come a long way from where it started. It now employs designers with clients like Audi on their resume and it certainly shows. The car is aimed at the youth and it looks as youthful as ever. We see the same style of youthful touches like the ones on Suzuki Ignis. Square (automatic) headlights go very well with the signature Kia Tiger nose grille. The U shape LED DRLs and the bigger side vents with red accents on the on the GT Line take it one notch higher. The GT Line also gets red accents on the grille that make it look extra sporty. As we move to the side we find that the car has a short sporty nose. The wheels are 13-inch on the Standard and 15-inch alloys on the GT Line. The side profile of the car is very neat with only a red accent on the GT Line. We move to the rear to find C shaped tail lights (LEDs on the GT Line) and a small roof-mounted spoiler along with the now rounded bumpers. While not the most attractive rear end in the segment, it does look very good. The biggest (or smallest in a way) element contributing to the looks of the car is definitely the size of the car. Unlike other similar hatchbacks, the Picanto has managed to not grow in size, while managing to increase the room inside. It is 3595 mm long which is same as before. Overall width is 1595 mm and height is 1495 mm. The whee, however ever has gone up by 15 mm to 2400 mm. The 151 mm of ground clearance also makes for practicality on bad city roads.

Engine & Fuel Consumption

There is currently only one engine option in hand. It is the 1.2-litre Kappa 4 cylinder engine with dual CVVT and multi-point fuel injection. It is capable of producing 84 PS at 6400 rpm and 124 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. Power is delivered to the front wheels using the 5 speed manual or the 4 speed automatic transmission. The engine is refined and silent and is Euro 4 compliant. The biggest draw, however, has to be the fuel economy which can go up to 24 kmpl depending on the traffic conditions. Engine performance is otherwise good for a car of this size. Despite the GT Line’s sporty packaging, this is no hot hatchback. At higher speeds the car also gets noisy. Handling is good enough for a car of Picanto size, but the steering could use a bit more feel.

Braking & Safety

The Picanto is well equipped when it comes to safety equipment in its price range. It gets dual airbags, seat belts, ISOFIX, reverse parking sensors, and anti-lock brakes. At this price range we can’t really expect for more.


Overall the Picanto is a good looking small hatchback that gets all the basics amenities. It is economic, well equipped, and modern. However, its price range, especially for the GT Line spec, is about to breach into a segment above. Paying that much for a small Kia will seem ridiculous to most of us. Additionally, there are cars that are better equipped at the same price range. Is the Kia Picanto a better hatchback than before? Definitely yes. Is it the best? Probably not. Even so, if you are dead set to buy the Picanto then you may end up favouring the base over the GT Line spec.  


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KIA Picanto FAQ

  • What are the Safety Features Available in KIA Picanto?

    The safety features available in KIA Picanto Below:

    Feature Value
    Driver Airbag Yes
    Passenger Airbag Yes
    Child Safety Locks Yes
    Rear Seat Belts Yes
    Seat Belt Warning Yes
    Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts Yes
    Crash Sensor Yes
    Front Impact Beams Yes
    Side Impact Beams Yes
    Door Ajar Warning Yes

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