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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Kia Picanto safety is not as good as it should be especially as the new model comes with an all-new bodyshell using higher strength steel and reinforced mid-section and rear pillars.

Standard Kia Picanto safety kit includes six airbags, stability control, ISOFIX child-seat mounting anchor points, front seat-belt pre-tensioners and hill-start assist. There’s also a system which detects ‘emergency’ braking and flashes the hazard lights three times to warn drivers behind.

The new Picanto has been awarded four out of five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests, an improvement on the last car’s poor rating of three stars. The car scored well for both adult and child occupant protection, although it fared less strongly on the pedestrian safety front.

Kia Picanto practicality is very good. Available as both a three- and five-door hatchback, the Picanto has ample headroom in the front and the back and although the car is 60mm longer than its predecessor, legroom suffers when sitting in the rear seats.

The tailgate is fairly wide and the boot sill low enough to make loading easy, but there isn’t a huge amount of usable space behind the rear seats.

Kia says there’s capacity for 200 litres – up from 157 litres on the previous car - but because of the the way it’s packaged you’ll struggle to squeeze bigger objects in there. Despite the limited space in the boot, Kia Picanto practicality does trump the Fiat 500 that offers 185 litres of luggage room, although the Ford Ka just tops the Kia with 224 litres of boot space.

The rear seats fold down in the conventional 60:40 configuration to provide 870 litres of maximum boot space. There are enough cubby holes in the cabin for your loose change and the glove box is of a good size too.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Picanto (11-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels

1 equipment

1 standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
1 optional equipment
  • Service indicator

1 Air equipment

1 Air standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
1 Air optional equipment
  • Service indicator

2 equipment

2 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
2 optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator

2 EcoDynamics equipment

2 EcoDynamics standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
2 EcoDynamics optional equipment
None available

3 equipment

3 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
3 optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

4 equipment

4 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
4 optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

Chilli equipment

Chilli standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Chilli optional equipment
None available

City equipment

City standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
City optional equipment
None available

Equinox equipment

Equinox standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
Equinox optional equipment
None available

Halo equipment

Halo standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
Halo optional equipment
None available

Quantum equipment

Quantum standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
Quantum optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
SE optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Sport optional equipment
None available

SR7 equipment

SR7 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
SR7 optional equipment
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels

VR7 equipment

VR7 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
VR7 optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels

White equipment

White standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
White optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Kia Picanto (11-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2011 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2011
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 86%
Child Occupant: 83%
Vulnerable Road Users: 47%
Safety Assist: 43%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.