2015 Kia Picanto: old vs new

Kia has released full prices and specs for the refreshed Picanto city car. The Korean firm’s answer to the Volkswagen Up has been subjected to some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it styling changes, as well as improvements to the quality.

There isn’t too much new to spot, but we’ve covered it all in our side-by-side comparison. Read on to find out what’s new…

Old model on the left, new one on the right


It certainly takes a keen eye to spot the changes in the refreshed model. At the front, the bumper has been re-profiled with a slightly larger, squared-off air intake in the centre flanked by new front fog lamps. The shape of the headlights have remained the same, though the internals have received a subtle tweak.

The rear has been refreshed too, featuring new taillights and a touched-up rear bumper which more neatly houses the fog and reversing lights. A new ‘Honey Bee Yellow’ paint finish is available exclusive to SR7 models (formerly known as VR7) and a new 14-inch alloy wheel design for mid-range ‘2’ variants round off the changes.

Old model on the left, new one on the right


If anything, the interior changes are even more tricky to find. The instrument cluster gains chrome-effect rings around the dials, as do the air vent switches. The SR7 trim level benefits from rear privacy glass for a more sporty look outside and a more comfortable feel inside. Every model is treated to an driver’s information system which looks less cluttered than in the outgoing car, as well as being clearer to read. Otherwise, it’s the same fairly attractive and well-made cabin as before.

Old model on the left, new one on the right


The lineup remains identical here, with a choice of 1.0-litre and 1.25 petrol units. The entry-level unit produces 69hp from its three-cylinders and, when combined with the optional stop/start system, is good for a claimed 68.9mpg. The larger four-cylinder 1.25-litre now features stop/start as standard and, as a result, fuel economy jumps from the previous 60mpg to 65.7mpg – impressive for a petrol car still capable of reaching 62mph from a standstill in 11.0 seconds.


One or two new features have been slipped into the Picanto range. The SR7 models gain automatic lights, and range-topping ‘4’ versions are now furnished with cruise control and a speed limiter.

On the safety front, all Picantos feature front, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control and a range of other driver assists which help to keep the occupants secure.

Old model on the left, new one on the right

Prices and rivals

Each model in the range has been subjected to a very modest increase in price. The basic 1.0-litre ‘1’ model now starts from £8,345 – £200 more than before, and a five-door, automatic, 1.25 ‘3’ costs £12,545. That second price is identical to the top-of-the-range Renault Twingo, though that does without an automatic gearbox. The aforementioned VW Up, Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo are well worth considering, too, both priced from about £100 less than the basic Picanto.

Bowled over by the changes?

If you’re after a new Picanto, then take a look at our full, extensive review for more information. If you’re sure it’s the car for you, then why not head over to our deal checker? Your ideal car will be sent to the best Kia dealers in the UK, who will respond with their best prices! If you’re after more inspiration head over to our deals page to see our latest discounts.

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