Why the Kia Picanto is one of the safest budget hatchbacks on the market

The Kia Picanto boasts a high level of safety at a low price

Reuben Van Niekerk
Vehicle safety
Kia Picanto
crash testing

When it comes to choosing a budget friendly hatchback, compromising on safety should never be an option. Thankfully, there are a number of models to choose from that are big on safety and easy on the pocket these days. One of the best options is the Kia Picanto which combines affordability with an array of safety features that ensures that the Picanto makes a lot of sense for those seeking to buy a budget hatchback with safety as their top priority.

Structural rigidity

The Picanto makes use of more than 44 percent advanced high strength steel, resulting in phenomenal rigidity. Hot stamping has been utilised on components employed in core stress areas which greatly improves average body tensile strength, enhances cabin protection, and improves dynamic performance. This structural integrity provides a protective cocoon for the occupants, reducing the chances of severe injuries.

Crash test ratings

In the Global NCAP tests conducted in 2017, the Kia Picanto received a three-star rating for adult occupant protection and a four-star rating for child occupant protection.

In both the side barrier and more severe side pole impact tests, the Picanto scored maximum points with good protection of all the critical body areas.

Safety features

The Kia Picanto is equipped with both driver and passenger side airbags as well as Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. Passive safety features include rear parking sensors with a reverse camera as well as Isofix child seat anchoring points.


While safety is paramount, affordability remains a key consideration for budget conscious buyers and although there are a number of small hatchback competitors that offer more safety features, they do come at quite a premium. At its price point the Kia Picanto is hard to beat as it offers excellent levels of all round quality for a little hatchback as well as plenty of features and excellent fuel consumption.

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