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".
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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.
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.