The Kia Picanto is an absolute underdog in the field of small cars in Germany. And more than wrongly, because it offers so much and on fair terms. Apart from the “alternative drive”, it offers everything that could be necessary in city traffic. In addition to the driving report with the Picanto X-Line, a comparison of the various types of drive.
The differences of the Kia Picanto X-Line
Because the Picanto can be ordered with small suction cups, small turbo engines, efficient 4-cylinders and even an automatic. In addition to the classic version, there is a sporty and, more recently, the higher-lying X-Line. The Kia Picanto 1.0 T-GDI X-Line has not only been raised by 15 millimeters in the chassis, but also comes with a clear visual differentiation. Depending on the base coat, it is white or lime colors. The splash of color also runs through the interior, so you should be able to get used to it. The rest of the interior is kept rather light, so that the colored dots are clearly visible.
Driving impression of the Kia Picanto 1.0 T-GDI X-Line
That being said, it offers what every other Picanto does. A relatively enormous payload that you can hardly get into the just 3.60 meter short city flea. Because not only the rear but also the trunk is tight, all the more astonishing the high payload of 441 kilograms. In the second test of the new Kia Picanto, the 1.0 T-GDI can now run. A small supercharged 3-cylinder, which with its 100 HP is also the top engine.
More power also means higher consumption
In short, the engine can best be described with the words “Turbo runs, Turbo drinks”. No question about it, he is the quickest, and he shows that in the bare numbers. But it is also the hungriest of all engines in the Picanto. The sixteen additional horses compared to the 1.2-liter 4-cylinder only very rarely come out to play. So the surcharge and the extra power are not really worth it in a direct comparison. Unless you like to chat with your gas station attendant. If you only see the consumption then it strikes with 5.9 l / 100 km, which is again significantly above the test consumption of the Picanto 1.2 with 4.9 l / 100 km.
Clear recommendation for the 4-cylinder engine of the Kia Picanto
In addition, the 3-cylinder is significantly rougher and penetrates more into the interior. It simply lacks the smoothness that the 4-cylinder exhibits. The power development of the naturally aspirated engine is not as spontaneous as in the turbo 3-cylinder, but is more than sufficient for the city and the surrounding area. And finally, as far as the X-Line is concerned, it is more visually striking. The engineers have managed the chassis so well that the 15 millimeters are not noticeable negatively. Accordingly, it looks like a crossover without driving like one.
Video driving report Kia Picanto 1.0 T-GDI X-Line
Text: Fabian Meßner
Photos: Kia Motors