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Onwards to the first car launch in Malaysia this year – the 2018 Kia Picanto has been introduced today at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The A-segment hatchback makes its return to...
The 2018 Kia Picanto that was launched last week is the only non-national offering left in the A-segment space. This time around, only one variant is offered, the litre EX AT - priced at RM49,888 (OTR without insur...
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. Its only letdown is the lack of autonomous emergency braking, especially considering the Myvi Advance has it for not much more.
Ultra-modern styling, well-built interior
Ride and refinement puts it in a different category altogether
Driven Web Series is back again, powered by Petronas Primax! This is the episode you've all been waiting for, featuring the 2018 Perodua Myvi! We compare Malaysia's best-selling car against its two closest rivals, t...
- 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.
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 ...
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