Wot You Lookin’ At?

Kia launches its angriest tot yet.

Do you want some - well, do ya? 2017 Kia Picanto. Image: Motor1
Do you want some – well, do ya? 2017 Kia Picanto. Image: Motor1

Looking for all the world like an enraged toddler, the 2017 Kia Picanto has this week shown its livid face to the world before the model’s World début at Geneva this March. Pictured here in range-topping GT-Line trim, the new car aims to underline the Korean brand’s latest, more aggressive mien.

The manufacturer has confirmed the new model features shorter overhangs and a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model, and is pitched at a younger audience with ‘sportier’ styling and higher levels of personalisation. Although why they felt the need to point this out is beyond me. Isn’t this the default now?

2017 Kia Picanto GT Line. Image: Autocar
Oi! You lookin’ at my arse? 2017 Kia Picanto GT Line. Image: Autocar

‘Get out there and assert yourself’, is the message they appear to be giving us. ‘In a Kia Picanto’ of all things.

This nonsense really is getting out of hand…

Author: Eóin Doyle

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10 thoughts on “Wot You Lookin’ At?”

  1. The figure-ground relationship at the front end is not good. The areas of black have grown leaving too little body-colour in between. The strips of body colour now look fragile.

  2. I was looking at the snarling face of some variety of Audi the other day, and couldn’t help but wonder if the increasing levels of aggression we see on the roads are exacerbated by this. We’re pretty well conditioned to respond to these things, and if you encountered anyone walking around with a ridiculous snarl on their face and the angry eyes on at best you would be disinclined to be courteous and pleasant to them and at worst you might want to punch them.

    Why would I want to be nice and courteous on the roads towards someone who has actively chosen to snarl at me in some pitiful attempt to dominate the road and intimidate me?

  3. Awful. Influenced by the Audi A1 I guess, which always looks like an angry eight year old to me.

    Citroen C3, Twingo and VW Up are all distinctive, interesting designs that assert themselves without undue aggression.

  4. I don’t like the “angry” front grille. the side profile takes much from the Hyundai HB20 (the Brazilian version of the i20) whilst the rear is quite similar to the early-gen Picanto – the bumper is new, but the taillights and the crease in the boot seem to have remained unchanged.

    not a bad car, but how would this compare to a Forfour/Twingo?

  5. To be honest, in a Pokémon Go kind of world, I can see people liking this and going for it. I found the front ironic and prefer it to that of the Aygo. The interior looks excellent for a car of this type – nicer than the new Fiesta. I would not buy one, but can see the appeal and what they are trying to achieve. It’s better than the latest Sportage, Optima, and Rio.

  6. Recently I experienced two compact but quite speedy cars. Neither shouted their ability. Wouldn’t it be good to have a Q-version of the sportiest car with performance but no signs imploring “steel me”?

    1. Kia may be on to something here.

      Small sporty cars seem to be something of an elixir of youth, going by an unscientific check of the office car park; Fiesta ST, Kia Proc’eed, DS3, various MINI Coopers, all owned by people who won’t see 60 (years, not mph) again.

    2. Damn. I thought I was alone. I’m cancelling those Nismo upgrades for the Cube.

      I see SV’s point about the irony – conflating cultures, it has the OTT look of an angry samurai. But I still don’t like it. As a reluctant convert to Peter Schreyer’s reign, I’m wondering if he’s going to leave things in good hands when he goes. That said, I also agree with SV that it will sell.

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