The 2021 Kia Picanto is now on sale, with all models receiving extra standard equipment, styling tweaks and ever-so-slightly higher pricing. The 2021 Kia Picanto is now on sale in dealerships across the country in base S and mid-spec GT-Line forms – the sporty GT turbo will be arriving later this year.

Following in the footsteps of the newly updated Kia Rio, the Kia Picanto range now kicks off from $14,690 plus on-road costs for the Picanto S with a five-speed manual transmission or just $300 more than before.

The Picanto S is pretty well equipped with kit like autonomous emergency braking (something the MG3 does not get on any model), cruise control, daytime running lights and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, which has added wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for 2020.

Above the Picanto S is the GT-Line, which now starts from $16,140 ($17,990 drive away). The GT-Line adds a number of features including new 16-inch alloy wheels, ‘premium’ (aka faux leather) seat and steering wheel trimmings, projector headlights with LED indicators and daytime running lights, LED tailights, electric-folding/heated mirrors and nicer interior trimmings. Who said that it’s impossible to buy a well equipped new car for under $20,000 in 2020?

The S and GT-Line continue to come with Kia’s 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 62kW and 122Nm. Power is sent through either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission – we’d choose the former as you get better acceleration, lower fuel economy and a first class driving experience for a micro car.

The top spec Picanto GT is what we’d buy though. The GT uses a new 74kW/172Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that’s matched exclusively to a five-speed manual gearbox. The GT’s equipment levels mirror the GT-Line, though its suspension tune is unique. The GT is still a few months away due to production delays, but expect it to feature a small price rise as well compared to the outgoing model.

Kia’s seven-year warranty features on all new Picanto models, which means that it is covered all the way through to 2027 if bought this year. If you’re driving something a little older, say even a previous generation Kia Rio, this new Picanto should be worth consideration.

2021 Kia Picanto Pricing:

S manual – $14,690 ($16,490 drive away)
S automatic – $16,290 ($17,490 drive away)
GT-Line manual – $16,140 ($17,990 drive away)
GT-Line automatic – $17,740 ($18,990 drive away)

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