2021 Kia Picanto

2021 Kia Picanto

2021 Kia Picanto

2021 Kia Picanto

2021 Kia Picanto

Kia's smallest model, the Kia Picanto, features a range of substantial mid-life upgrades, keeping it one step ahead of its competitors. The upgraded model boasts a vibrant design and fun-driving attitude, combined with 'class-above' connectivity and safety technologies, and lower emissions from newly reengineered powertrains.

The upgraded Kia Picanto brings with it a suite of advanced safety technology from Kia's larger cars, making it among the safest cars in its class. It also offers Kia's new 'Phase II' UVO Connect telematics technologies, enhancing vehicle connectivity and control to take the stress out of journeys. Enhancements to the Picanto's gasoline powertrain line-up include Kia's optional new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for a smoother drive.

The Picanto is one of Kia's best-selling models in several regions worldwide, and a particular favourite among European A-segment drivers. The upgraded Picanto offers Kia's industry-leading 7-Year, 150,000-kilometre warranty as standard.

Exterior design

The Kia Picanto line-up has received a comprehensive enhancement to exterior design, with significant updates made to sporty GT-Line and SUV-inspired X-Line models in particular. The result is a refreshed, more distinctive appearance.

The 'face' of both the GT-Line and X-Line Picanto models has been revised to give each car a more purposeful design. This starts with the 'tiger-nose' grille, which features a new textured surround and open-link appearance. The chrome-effect surround forms a sweeping shape which extends into the lower part of the redesigned headlamps, and gives the car a wider, more stable appearance. Each side of the 'tiger-nose' features a red highlight on GT-Line models, or more technical black trim X-Line models which resemble air intakes.

Interior design

Inside, the Kia Picanto features a series of visual and technological upgrades, centred around a larger 8.0-inch 'floating' widescreen Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) system (see 'Infotainment' for more details), and a high-resolution 4.2-inch digital display in the driver's instrument cluster.

Depending on trim level and market, the Picanto's cabin is offered with black cloth or synthetic leather seats, with the upgraded model finished with a range of new upholstery textures for a more contemporary, higher quality look and feel. The cabin is finished with black, silver or gloss black highlights in the door, on the dashboard and around the gear selector.

The upgraded Picanto is also available with a range of trendy interior colour packs to enhance customers' ability to customise the cabin of their car, depending on vehicle specification and market.

The Lime Pack features a black single-tone interior with lime contrast stitching and white seat bolsters, silver metal painted transmission and air vent surrounds, and silver-and-lime accents in the doors. Models equipped with the Orange Pack feature a black single-tone interior with orange stitching and cabin highlights, and black-and-orange door accents. Red Pack models are finished in black upholstery with red seat bolsters, as well as gloss black highlights and red-and-black door accents. Finally, the Green Pack offers green highlights throughout the cabin and silver-and-green door accents, as well as stylish denim-effect seat upholstery.


The upgraded Kia Picanto is available in Europe with three new 'Smartstream' gasoline engines, each maximising efficiency and lowering CO2 emissions compared to their predecessors. The engine line-up features a 1.0-litre T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine producing 100 ps, or a pair of naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre or 1.2-litre DPFI (dual-port fuel injection) engines, producing 67 ps and 84 ps, respectively.

Among other innovations, the 1.0-litre T-GDi engine features a more efficient 350 bar high-pressure fuel injection system. Meanwhile, the two naturally-aspirated engines replace multi-point injection with new dual-port fuel injection technology, with optimised injection timing for maximum fuel efficiency. They feature improved exhaust gas recirculation lines and optimised intake valve timing, for maximum fuel efficiency improvements.

All three engines are equipped with a new Integrated Thermal Management System (ITMS), which provides more effective combustion chamber cooling. ITMS varies engine cooling characteristics based on the engine's operating point.


The upgraded Picanto features several of Kia's latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and a range of new active safety systems to enhance occupant safety, making it one of the safest cars in its class.

Depending on specification, the Picanto's new ADAS range includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with vehicle and pedestrian detection. Additionally, the Picanto is available with Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), and Lane Following Assist (LFA).

LFA uses the front-facing camera and sensors to monitor road markings, controlling the Picanto's steering to keep the car in the centre of its lane. The Picanto also features Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) which alerts the driver and stops the vehicle if it detects another vehicle approaching from the left or right when reversing out of a parking space.

The Kia Picanto is equipped with an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), which automatically flashes the hazard warning lights to alert the car behind if the driver has to brake suddenly. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) holds the car on the brake to ensure the car moves away smoothly from a hill start.

The updated Picanto is also equipped with Kia's Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Torque Vectoring By Braking, Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Straight-line Stability (SLS) systems as standard, helping drivers maintain control under braking and cornering.

The updated Kia Picanto is fitted with up to seven airbags throughout the cabin, including a driver's knee airbag, depending on specification and market. It also features ISOFIX child-seat tether and anchor points.

Production and sales

The updated Kia Picanto is manufactured in Korea and has been on-sale across Europe since the third quarter of 2020. All models offer the company's unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty as standard.

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