X-Line variant adds muscle to Kia Picanto
The latest addition to the Picanto range, the Picanto X-Line, has taken to the UK’s roads.
The ‘X-Line’ variant further broadens the appeal of Kia’s city car, with styling that draws inspiration from the company’s SUV model lines, including the Stonic, Sportage and Sorento.
The ‘X-Line’ series is equipped with the 1.25-litre petrol engine and five-speed manual gearbox, or a four-speed automatic transmission. Affordability is one of the Picanto’s key features, with CO2 emissions as low as 106g/km on the manual transmission and a fuel economy figure of 61.4mpg.
Picanto with attitude
The ‘X-Line’ variant introduces a series of rugged new design cues and is longer, wider and taller than conventional city cars with an increased ground clearance. It makes no pretence at being a full-blown SUV – power is transmitted through the front wheels only – but has a more rugged look which will widen the audience of the Picanto in a market in which the crossover is king. At 75mm longer, 30mm wider and 15mm taller, the increase in height is accounted for by greater ground clearance. There’s imposing, SUV-style bumpers with metal-look skid plates at the front and rear.
Unique to the ‘X-Line’ model, the grille and fog lamp surrounds are finished with lime green highlights, while black cladding around the side sills and wheel arches enhances the visual effect of the raised ground clearance. The exterior door handles are finished in body colour and privacy glass is fitted to the rear windows and tailgate. Completing the more muscular look are twin exhaust outlets, 16-inch alloy wheels, a shark-fin antenna and projection headlights with LED daytime running lights and fog lamps.
Kitted out for urban life
The splashes of colour are carried over to the interior with lime green stitching for the flat-bottomed steering wheel, gear lever gaiter and armrests. The large 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen features DAB radio, as well as Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for full smartphone integration. Other equipment highlights include unique grey faux leather upholstery, a central armrest, satin chrome interior handles and stainless-steel pedals with rubber inserts, in addition to cruise control with speed limiter, automatic air conditioning and keyless entry.
The latest Picanto is the safest A-segment car Kia has ever made, featuring an Advanced High Strength Steel body construction and six standard airbags. Active safety features are also included, such as standard-fit Vehicle Stability Management with Electronic Stability Control, to ensure stability under braking and cornering. In addition, the ‘X-Line’ is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking as standard.
Torque Vectoring is also included and is a further aid to handling stability. Using the anti-lock brake and ESC sensors, it detects when the car is drifting off its intended course in corners and gently brakes the inside rear wheel if the front of the car is running wide, or the outer rear wheel if the rear tyres are starting to slide outwards. Hill-start Assist Control prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on uphill gradients.
In line with market demand, the Picanto is available exclusively with a practical five-door bodystyle and is regularly one of the top five best-selling city cars. It boasts more cabin space, with more leg and head-room than all other rivals in the A-segment. Boot capacity is 255 litres – the most of any car in its class – and with 60:40 split-folding rear seats, which can fold flat to increase capacity to 1,010 litres.
Powerful petrol engine
The ‘X-Line’ comes equipped with a powerful and refined 83bhp 1,248cc four-cylinder, 16-valve engine developing 122Nm of torque. It provides lively performance for zipping around urban traffic, with plenty in reserve for motorway driving.
The best warranty in the business
In line with every Kia, the Picanto ‘X-Line’ comes with the best warranty in the business – seven years or 100,000 miles, including labour, subject to terms and conditions. The warranty is fully transferable to the next owner. The all-new Picanto requires servicing every 10,000 miles or 12 months, and retail customers can benefit from low-cost Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages.
To book your test drive contact 01900 608000 or visit Walkingshaw, Joseph Noble Road, Workington, CA14 4JH