Al Majid Motors, the Kia dealer in the UAE, officially launched the all-new 2012 Kia Picanto at their showroom in Dubai, although the car has been quietly on sale for a month now.
Extenally, it’s a well-done design, with standard LEd tail lamps, optional alloy wheels and the top model getting LED surrounds for the headlamp bulbs, like in European luxury cars. The inside remains a plastic tub however, and even though the car has grown a fair bit, it remains cramped in terms of rear legroom and cargo volume, though those aren’t necessarily complaints if you’re shopping for a supermini. Headroom and front space are excellent.
The interior offers a range of trim options, including leatherette upholstery, CD/MP3 player with AUX/iPod and USB connections, Bluetooth, manual a/c, electric-folding door mirrors, automatic headlights, passenger seat storage trays and illuminated vanity mirrors.
The 5-door 2012 Picanto is available in LX and EX trim levels, both fitted with a 1.2–litre4-cylinder engine with variable-valve timing, packed with 86 hp at 6000 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm, with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. The 855-kg hatchback can do the 0-100 kph run in 11.6 seconds with a top speed of 169 kph with a manual gearbox, although the automatic will be a fair bit slower.
The base price starts at Dhs 36,500, going all the way up to Dhs 43,000.
Keep track of updates in the Kia Picanto buyer guide.