Kia has launched the new X-Line version of its popular Picanto supermini. Aiming for the same market as the Vauxhall Viva Rocks, Dacia Sandero Stepway and Suzuki Ignis, the Picanto X-Line offers rugged styling details – albeit without any real off-road prowess.
The X-Line additions bring the Picanto in line with Kia's SUV range – the Stonic, Sportage and Sorento – and makes for a distinctive look on-road. On-road is certainly where it's going to stay, as despite extra ground clearance, the Picanto X-Line is not an off-roader. It remains stubbornly front-wheel drive and the dinky wheels wouldn't be up to the rough stuff.
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Rugged design cues include black cladding on the side sills and wheelarches, plus imposing SUV-style bumpers at the front and rear. "Metal-look" skidplates give a hardcore aesthetic, while lime green highlights around the grille and foglights add a touch of fun.
Inside, the colour splashes are continued, with lime green stitching on the wheel, gear-lever and armrests. The remainder of the upholstery is faux leather, while stainless steel pedals and satin chrome door handles also feature.
Engine-wise, the X-Line comes equipped with the middle sibling of the Picanto's powerplants – a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol, producing 83bhp. It's mated to a five-speed manual 'box, while a four-speed torque converter automatic is available as an option.
Acceleration is 11.4 seconds from 0-60mph for the manual, or 13 seconds for the auto. Economy also takes a hit with the auto 'box, dropping from 61.4mpg to 52.3 – while CO2 emissions rise from 106g/km to 124g/km.
Equipment levels are generous – as you'd hope given the X-Line's £12,595 starting price. Projector headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio, Bluetooth and a seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all come as standard.