Kia Picanto Chilli: peppered with upgrades

The new Kia Picanto Chilli is a spicy addition to the Korean city car’s range, and livens up the little hatchback by making it look sportier than ever and adding some useful extra equipment.

Here are the five things buyers need to know about the little Kia before signing on the dotted line.

Clean petrol engine

It’s available in both three- and five-door guises, and comes with one engine choice – a revised version of Kia’s 1.2 litre with 84hp and returns 62.8mpg, meaning it meets strict Euro 6 emissions regulations.

Interior shown is the Kia Picanto Equinox

Extra equipment

The Chilli is the first model in the Picanto range to come as standard with sat-nav, as well as a reversing camera feeding into the seven-inch touchscreen. Other luxuries include a faux-leather interior, finished with red and grey cloth cushions.

The inside is sportier

It also has a set of aluminium pedals with rubber grips so your feet don’t slide off the pedals during enthusiastic driving. The dashboard is covered in a black gloss plastic, and adds a real upmarket feel to the cabin.

The outside is sportier, too

The exterior also gets some sporty upgrades, such as new front and rear bumpers and a twin exhaust pipe. Add to that new 15-inch alloy wheels, and the Picanto looks significantly more sporty than ever before.


It costs from £11,495 for the manual gearbox version and rise to £12,095 for the automatic version. The car is on sale now and gets Kia’s well-praised seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

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