The Kia Picanto may be the last of its kind, as the MG3 and Suzuki Ignis could soon be phased out of the Australian market, leaving the sub-$20,000 new car segment to be solely owned by the recently facelifted model.
The latest iteration of the Picanto, which has been released for the 2021 model year, features a dramatic transformation from its predecessor. With a sporty and contemporary design, the vehicle is equipped with a range of modern tech and safety features, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist and High Beam Assist, which are all standard across the range.
The Picanto’s value proposition is further enhanced by its potent 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine, which produces 74kW and 122Nm of torque, and is mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
The car’s on-road performance is further aided by its light yet rigid chassis, which utilises a MacPherson front suspension and a torsion beam rear suspension, allowing it to tackle corners with confidence.
Fuel economy is also impressive, with the Picanto boasting a combined fuel consumption figure of 6.2L/100km, making it one of the most frugal vehicles in the segment.
The Picanto’s interior is far from Spartan, with features such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a rear-view camera, and a host of other comfort and convenience features.
With the MG3 and Suzuki Ignis both in doubt for the Australian market, the Kia Picanto may be the last sub-$20,000 new car standing. Whether it will be enough to sustain the segment remains to be seen.