2016 Kia Picanto range upgrades: complete guide

Both the five-door Kia Picanto city car and Kia Rio supermini have been upgraded to help them keep pace with their respective Hyundai i10 and Hyundai i20 rivals. Does a revised equipment selection make these small cars more tempting than their predecessors? Read on to find out…

If you can’t wait to save money on your new car, check out the great deals on offer using out Kia Picanto configurator and Kia Rio configurator. If you’re not sure what to buy, read our list of the 10 best small cars currently on sale, or use our car chooser tool and deals pages to narrow down your search.

Besides top-spec Sport models, the new Picanto’s styling remains the same as the old car’s…

The Picanto will now be offered in three trim levels – 1 Air, SE and Sport. Entry-level 1 Air models now feature air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and a leather-trimmed steering wheel as standard. These versions are priced at £8,545 – the same as the outgoing 1 model.

The new Picanto’s interior looks almost identical to the old model…

Mid-level SE cars come as standard with 14-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, USB and AUX inputs for the stereo, Bluetooth connectivity, a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, automatic air conditioning and a start/stop system. These models are offered with either a 1.0-litre petrol engine and a manual gearbox, priced at £10,395, or an automatic version with a larger 1.25-litre engine for £1,000 more.

Top-of-the-range Sport models boast revised front and rear bumpers, a twin exit exhaust, new colour-coded side skirts and larger 15-inch alloy wheels – all items previously fitted to the three-door Kia Picanto Chilli. The interior comes as standard with faux leather seats with contrasting red backrests and matching door trims while the centre console and gear lever feature a gloss black finish.

Customers looking to buy a Picanto Sport will be offered either a 1.25-litre petrol car with a manual gearbox for £11,995, or an automatic version with the same engine for £12,595. Equipment is the same as SE models, although both sat nav and cruise control are now fitted as standard. Colour choices are limited to just black, white and red, however.

New Kia Rio upgrades

As with the Picanto, the entry-level Rio is now available with air conditioning as standard. Mid-range cars in SE trim come with 15-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking sensors, automatic air conditioning, fog lights, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and powered folding door mirrors as standard. Higher spec 3 and 4 trim levels remain unchanged.

Save money on your new Kia

If you can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a new car, Use our Kia Rio configurator or Kia Picanto configurator to view the great deals currently on offer. If you’re not sure what to buy, read our list of the 10 best small cars currently on sale or check out our car chooser tool and deals pages.

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