2019 Kia Picanto X-Line Review | Asian Car Guide
July 8, 2020

2019 Kia Picanto X-Line Review

2019 kia picanto x-line

Kia cars nowadays are affordable, economical, easier to maintain and sporting a design that would not make buyers embarrassed when parking next to Japanese or even small segment compact continental city car.

The Kia Picanto X-Line looks set to conquer this market.

It was once mentioned that the Rio was the smallest in the Kia family; that honour now rests with the Picanto.

Measuring 3,670mm long, 1,500mm wide, 1,500mm high, and with wheelbase 2,400mm, it has grown a little compared to its predecessor. From the sides, a shoulder line can be seen running from the front fender, intersecting the door handles before joining with the rear tail lamps.

At the back, the rear combination lamps are very prominent.

Internally, the cabin in the X Line has a few extra features like alloy foot pedals, a red trim on the faux leather seats, a premium steering wheel and a few glossy accents along the centre console and gear stick.

All the essential controls are within easy reach of the driver. The cabin is cosy, not claustrophobic, a perfect city car.

The 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is as basic as it gets with modest outputs of 62kW of power and 122Nm torque, getting you around not real quickly, but very economically.

It is a good city car, weighing in at only 980kg. The auto transmission has 4 forward gears plus reverse, and you can push the gear-stick across from drive to 3, then down to 2, then 1, to limit what the top gear can be.

A big advantage is that it is very easy to park and great doing U-turns. Along with the reverse parking camera there are collision warnings when you get too close to the front of the other car.

During the drive, I find the Picanto is very planted on the road and in most cases, very reassuring to drive at almost any speed – one could let go of the steering and the car would still fixedly go straight even at speed.

Do not underestimate this light little car of 980kg tare weight. At 100km/h I notice there is lots of wind/road/tire/engine noise but soft enough to be on par with the C segment average.

Suspension is firm. Body roll is present but Kia has done a fantastic job at minimising it when going around corners, encouraging me to push it a little faster every time a bend comes around. It is not bad for a city car.

The Kia Picanto X-Line is $16,990 (plus ORC) for the manual and $17,990 (plus ORC) for the automatic; option $520 for the standout blue paintwork. Fuel consumption is a low claimed 4.8L/100kms on a combined cycle (as per Kia).

Standard features includes a reversing camera, cruise control and speed-limiter, all-round electric windows, air-conditioning, Bluetooth/USB, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring, dusk-sensing headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, auto- folding and heated side mirrors, and LED daytime running lights.

Servicing is recommended every 12 months or 15,000kms (whichever comes first) and will cost $2,567 over the seven years. You also get roadside assistance for seven years.

Safety-wise, the Picanto only scored four stars out of five from ANCAP, though adult occupant protection scored 87 per cent. It was instead down rated for the 54 per cent Pedestrian Detection test, and 47 per cent Safety Assist tech, despite having AEB unlike many competitors.

It offers auto emergency braking (AEB) with forward collision warning, rear parking sensors, rear-view camera, two ISOFIX baby seat mounts, and front and side airbags for passenger. It also has side and curtain airbags that extend to the back row.

The Picanto X-Line offers buyers greater potential for personal choice than ever before, with a choice of five vibrant paint finishes designed to make the car stand out.

The 5 vibrant colours available to buyers are ‘Clear White’, ‘Signal Red’, ‘Aurora Black’ ‘Titanium Silver’ and ‘Alice Blue’. The X-Line is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels.

2019 Kia Picanto X-Line Price and Specifications:

  • Price: $17,790 plus on road cost (ORC)
  • Engine: 1,248cc 4 cylinder Front Wheel Drive
  • Power: 62kW at 6,000rpm
  • Torque: 122Nm at 4,000rpm
  • Transmission: Four-speed auto
  • Fuel: 5.8L/100km (ADR Combined) Kia claims
  • Fuel tank: 35 litres
  • Weight (tare): 980kg
  • Safety Rating: Four-star ANCAP