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2019 Kia Picanto GT arrives as pint-size performer

By Dylan Campbell, 18 Jan 2019 Car News

2019 Kia Picanto GT arrives as pint-size performer

With a price well under $20K, the Picanto GT arrives in Australia as the country's cheapest performance car

The 2019 Kia Picanto GT is here, a five-door micro car with a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine belting out 74kW and 172Nm. A hot hatch? Possibly not – read our review here.

But at $17,990 drive-away, it is very affordable. As a slightly more athletic version of the regular Kia Picanto, the GT could somewhat legitimately lay claim to the title of "Australia's most affordable performance car".

Read next: 2019 Kia Picanto GT performance review

It also bulks up the range, being a new addition to the Picanto family and sitting at the very top of the lineup above the Picanto S, Picanto GT-Line and the limited-run Picanto Australian Open Edition.

However, it's not for everyone. The Kia Picanto GT comes with a five-speed manual only for now, and like the rest of the Picanto range you're locked into a five-door bodystyle too. If you prefer an automatic, you're fresh out of luck.

Kia Picanto range review

There is, however, a seven-year manufacturer warranty. Not to mention a standard equipment list that's impressively lengthy. Highlights include:

  • Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • Android Auto connectivity
  • 7-inch touchscreen with reversing camera
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel controls
  • Automatic headlights
  • Cruise control with speed limited
  • Body kit including accents and twin exhaust
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Premium seats with red accents
  • Six airbags

The only option available for the GT is premium paint, which carries a $520 additional cost. Considering the Picanto GT costs a mere $17,990 drive away, it represents a fairly keen deal.