Kia Picanto
 (4.5/5)
expert rating
 (4/5)
owner rating
from RM 628.01 /month
from RM 47,079.43 to RM 57,888.00
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Generation JA (2018-Present)

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1.2L
Conventional Automatic
RM 628.01 /month
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1.2L
Conventional Automatic
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Expert Review

Date Reviewed
12 February 2019
Performance
Ride & Handling
Comfort
Safety
Space
Value
As the only non-national car under RM50,000, the Kia Picanto is a solid alternative to the Perodua Myvi and Proton Iriz. It's well equipped and has a quality of ride and refinement that is head and shoulders above its peers, all while being better to drive than the previous model - only the lack of interior space is a letdown. It also now comes with autonomous emergency braking, which makes it one of only two vehicles in the price range to have it (the other being the Myvi).
For
  • Ultra-modern styling, well-built interior
  • Ride and refinement puts it in a different category altogether
  • Cheapest car with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Against
  • Rear space a little small for the price
  • Engine can feel gutless at times

Latest Owner Review

Date Reviewed
23 October 2018
Performance
Handling
Comfort
Safety
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Value
Zen
1.2 EX AT (2017)
Bought new, Owned for 1 Year
Fuel Economy: 12.0 km/litre (8.3 L/100 km), RON95, Mileage: 800 km/month
    - Very good build quality. Fit and finish is better than your typical local/CKD models at this price point. Plastics used in the interior are high quality.
    - Ride and handling is refined :
    i) Very good suspension. Absorbs bumps and road imperfections very well with stock rims and tires.
    ii) Car doesn't feel floaty at high speeds (120km/h +/-)
    iii) Sound insulation is well sorted.
    iv) Handling is direct and precise. Very close to what you would expect from a European car.
    v) Transmission and engine response is smooth and quick. Minimal jerkiness except under low speeds at rare occasions.
    - Integrated DRL makes the car looks more expensive than it seems.
    - Respectable safety specs for the price.
    - European inspired interior design with floating touchscreen
    - Very good infotainment system, with integrated Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Responsive UI and reasonably good audio quality.
    - Despite the small leg room (depending on your front seat adjustment), the rear seats are reasonably comfortable because of the long bench and slightly angled position.
    - Rear boot space is rather good for a car this size.
    - Slightly intrusive road noise (can be improved with better tires)
    - Engine power is sufficient but not great. Car will have difficulty picking up speed under certain occasion like overtaking, resulting in more revving , which in turns affects fuel consumption and more engine noise in the cabin (not too bad).
    - Depending on your driving style, fuel consumption is rather high for a 1.2L engine. Averaging 11 - 12km/L under 80% +/- city driving conditions in KL.
    - Cabin space is not great but expected from a car of this size. Fetching 3 adults at the back will be quite a squeeze.
    - Audio quality is good but slightly lacking in bass.
    - Steering wheel have no telescopic adjustment.
    - Lack of center armrest. (aftermarket solution available)
    - Lack of fabric/leather at door armrest.
    - Lack of autonomous safety features.
To improve
This car only needs a better engine for better power and fuel consumption. A 1.0/1.2L turbo will be perfect. The 4 speed transmission is great but 6 speed is desirable. Autonomous emergency braking should be included.

However, end of the day, we can't ask for everything for 49k ...
Yes, I would recommend this car

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