Test Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT GT Line: small, attractive and well equipped

Kia Picanto test

Despite the fact that in recent months headlines have not stopped about the benefits of electric cars e hybrid, there is a way of doing things that still gives good results. If what you want is a utility to drive around town, the engines atmospheric gasoline with small displacement they also spend little and are also the cheapest within the options that any brand gives us. This is the case of the car that we have tested this week: a Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT GT Line, perfect for urban environments thanks to its low longitud of 3,6 meters, to which some details have been added to give it a modern and sporty look.

The first thing that must be taken into account if one considers buying a car with these characteristics is the type of journeys that are going to be made on a day-to-day basis. The 67 hp of its 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine are very suitable for the city and even for ring roads where you have to drive close to 90 km/h.

The thing changes if you are going to drive on two-way roads where you have to overtake frequently or highways. In these cases it would be better to opt for the 1.2-liter engine with 84 hp or the future 1.0 turbo with 101 hp —the same type T-GDI used by the Hyundai Kona. It is also appreciated that they offer a 1.2 CVVT GT Line version with automatic transmission by torque converter, although it only has 4 gears.

Test Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT GT Line (engine)

What can be done with a Kia Picanto with a 1.0 CVVT engine

In the route that we have done during the test we have faced situations that put its naturally aspirated 1.0 CVVT engine to the limit. in all of them has successfully completed, including an addition from a section limited to 50 km/h to a 100 km/h track. Of course, we had to use the change to rev it up to 5.500 rpm and without going below 3.500 rpm, which is from where it offers its maximum torque of 96 Nm.

We did the rest of the journeys through the city without any hurry, with a average consumption in the city of 6,1 liters per 100 km. We were even able to go down to the 5,6 liters approved by the brand in the NEDC cycle, but forcing efficient driving that can only be achieved in very specific sections. Taking into account that it is a car designed for this type of journey, we miss a Start/Stop system, to lower these figures and prevent consumption from skyrocketing in traffic jams or in areas with many traffic lights.

Test Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT GT Line (driving)

On tours of two way highway the 1.0 CVVT engine has fallen somewhat short. Even squeezing the 67 CV to the maximum we have not been able to complete many overtaking in a reasonable time (from 80 to 120 km/h in 13,1 seconds). The lack of power has also become apparent on steep slopes where, in order to maintain speed, we have had to reduce up to two gears. Despite this, at traveling on a highway without inclines at a constant speed of 120 km/h these shortcomings disappear, with the only drawback that the engine has to go at about 3.700 rpm, with the consequent noise.

Once it is clear what can be done comfortably with the 1.0 CVVT, el Kia Picanto It is a good urban compact Regardless of the engine chosen. All its versions have good standard equipment that includes bluetooth, USB and jack connections, trip computer, multifunction steering wheel and air conditioning.

The GT Line finish of the unit that we have tested is what gives it the sporty look that you can see in the photos and that makes it a kind of "lamb in wolf's clothing". Hence the double exhaust pipe, the bumper trims, the engine grille with metallic details and the two-tone alloy wheels.

Test Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT GT Line (rear)

driving dynamics

The behavior of the Kia Picanto is well balanced considering the use for which it is intended. Their suspension is firm without being uncomfortable so the passage through speed bumps or potholes does not punish the occupants too much. If you drive more dynamically, stabilizer bars keep excess roll at bay. Although with this type of driving a more direct throttle response is missing.

However, do not forget that it is a car primarily intended for urban journeys, so when the virtues of the Kia Picanto are most noticeable is when it comes to maneuvering. Your direction is too soft when going at low speed and during parking maneuvers (at high speed it stiffens enough). Something that combined with good visibility that already offers the bodywork without too many bumps allows parking very easily.

Although the unit that we tested did not equip it, you can opt for a rear view camera which costs 900 euros along with the browser, 7-inch screen, mobile connectivity and emergency braking assistance. Also to be thanked is the system of hill start assist as standard, which prevents the car from falling backwards.

Test Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT GT Line (front seats)

Kia Picanto interior impressions

The interior of the Kia Picanto there enough spaces to leave objects, especially in the front doors, which even have a hole to place a large water bottle. The GT Line finish can be seen in the armrest between driver and passenger (with another hole when opened), the aluminum pedals, Leather steering wheel with white stitching GT Line upholstery and the moldings.

something yes What we have missed is that the steering wheel is adjustable in depth. It can only be adjusted in height, so to get the right distance from it and the pedals, we only have to tilt the backrest, so if the driver is too tall or short, it may be difficult to be comfortable.

Test Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT GT Line (interior)

Roominess of the Kia Picanto

As for the space available inside, heights are goodespecially in the front seats. As is often the case with cars in this size category, the same does not happen with width dimensions. Something that is especially noticeable in the space for the shoulders in the rear bench (where the central square is anecdotal) and in the gear lever, which is too close to the driver's knee in the first gears.

Where the small size of the Kia Picanto is also accused is in the trunk volume. With its 255 liters it admits little load, especially due to its shallow depth, which quite limits the type of packages that can support. For example, suitcases admitted as hand luggage on planes fit well, but you will have problems taking advantage of the space if they are larger. Still, it's a adequate space to make a medium purchase in the supermarket or to carry other easy-to-deliver items.

Test Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT GT Line (rear seats)

Conclusions of the Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT GT Line

With this Kia Picanto you will have a good city car As long as you are not one of those who rush everywhere. Its 1.0-liter mechanics is a good option if you drive in urban environments and don't do many kilometers a year. Also the GT Line finish greatly improves the interior and exterior appearance thanks above all to the GT Line upholstery, the leather steering wheel, the grille and the sports bumpers.

The unit we have tested we round the 13.090 euros, which if financed remain at 10.095 euros. It is recommended to add the emergency braking assistance system for 300 euros, which is not a very high price and one day it may save you a scare.

Equipment Kia Picanto


  • Audio control knobs on the steering wheel
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Air conditioning
  • Adjustable driver's seat height
  • On-board computer
  • Front electric windows
  • Central locking with folding key
  • light sensing
  • 175/65 tires with 14-inch steel rims + hubcaps
  • Mobility Kit
  • Body color bumpers
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio system with AUX + USB connection
  • Front and curtain airbags
  • Double Front Airbag
  • Tire pressure control system


  • GT Line Upholstery
  • Rear electric windows
  • Automatic climate control
  • 185/55 tires with 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome exterior handles
  • Electric and heated exterior mirrors (body color)
  • Combination rear optics with LED technology
  • Newly designed front and rear bumpers
  • Sports front grille and specific air outlets
  • Body-color side molding
  • Daytime running lights with LED technology
  • Front fog lamps
  • aluminum pedals
  • Front center armrest
  • darkened moons
  • Chrome interior handles

Kia Picanto Prices

Motor Change Finished Price
Motor Change Finished Price
1.0 CVVT 67 hp manual 5v Concept 11.630 € *
1.0 CVVT 67 hp manual 5v Concept with Comfort Pack 12.130 € *
1.0 CVVT 67 hp manual 5v GTLine 13.090 € *
1.2 CVVT 84 hp manual 5v GTLine 13.590 € *
1.2 CVVT 84 hp automatic 4v GTLine € 15.040 **

* Discount of €2.995 not included (only with financing, valid until 31/10/17)
** Discount of €3.112 not included (only with financing, valid until 31/10/17)

Editor's opinion

Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT GT Line
  • Editor's rating
  • 3.5 star rating
11.630 a 15.040
  • 60%

  • Kia Picanto 1.0 CVVT GT Line
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  • Exterior design
    Publisher: 80%
  • interior design
    Publisher: 70%
  • front seats
    Publisher: 70%
  • rear seats
    Publisher: 60%
  • Trunk
    Publisher: 50%
  • Spring Suspension
    Publisher: 50%
  • Consumption
    Publisher: 70%
  • Comfort
    Publisher: 70%
  • Price
    Publisher: 60%


  • Maneuverability in the city
  • Standard equipment
  • Attractive design


  • road performance
  • Rear seat width
  • reduced trunk

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  1.   Manuel said

    I would like to know if it is worth buying an automatic gt line picanto, for consumption how are they going, thank you.

  2.   Ernesto said

    I would like to know if the engine is Kia or Hyundai and if the crankshaft problem that the 1.1 had is solved