By: IOL Motoring Staff
Kia's Picanto is already widely regarded as the best looking budget hatch on the market, so it's no surprise that its midlife makeover doesn't change too much.
If anything it's a tad bolder up front, with a slightly restyled 'tiger nose' grille and a redesigned bumper with a flatter design and a single large central intake flanked by larger housings for the lower lamps, which are now daytime running lights rather than foglights. Rounding off the exterior changes is a slightly revised rear bumper with a matte black lower edge and buyers can now choose from 10 exterior colours, including a new option called Dazzling Blue.
Inside the Picanto receives a more modern looking fascia surround and the features count remains as before, with both the LX and EX models coming with air conditioning and an MP3/CD/Aux/USB/iPod audio system. The range-topper also gains Bluetooth connectivity and audio controls on the steering wheel. Both models feature dual front airbags, but only the EX has ABS brakes.