Volkswagen UP vs. Kia Picanto vs. Fiat Panda
Volkswagen UP, Kia Picanto, and new Fiat Panda. These cars share in two things in common, they are small and stylish!
I would like to start from Volkswagen UP, this small Volkswagen is one of the most sensational car of this year. When the Volkswagen UP was revealed, it was obvious that UP wouldn’t be a cheap small car. Actually, Volkswagen UP is a very well built small car with a good price. Honestly, it has a better interior than many other Volkswagen models. If you are thinking about Volkswagen UP; it looks great from inside and outside, powered by a 1-lt petrol engine from 60 PS to 75 PS, interior is really high quality, thanks to long gap between front and rear axles the interior provides comfortable journeys. On the other hand, it doesn’t offer any automatic gearbox and no five-door option yet but it will be soon available. Volkswagen UP is really well packed small car with more fun than other conservative Volkswagen models.
For more information about Volkswagen UP, please vist their official website.
Kia Picanto is the product of Kia’s new era. After transferring designer from Audi, Peter Schreyer, Kia had a revolution in terms of everything from engines to design philosophy. Kia Picanto is a great result of this revolution. It is a small car with either three or five doors; from exterior is one of the most aggressive looking cars on this segment and from interior the built quality is way beyond previous Kia models.
Honestly, comparing Kia Picanto with previous Kia models would be unfair. So do the same :) The only draw point of Kia Picanto is the four-speed automatic gearbox, unfortunately, this is unacceptable. But as I heard from Kia, they are developing dual clutch automatic gearbox and it will be available shortly. The engine for Kia Picanto is 1-lt 68 PS and 1.25-lt 84 PS petrol engines. And again, don’t skip Kia Picanto you may regret in future!
For more information about Kia Picanto, please visit their official website.
New Fiat Panda is the newest vehicle in this comparison. New Fiat Panda is recently designed and it is totally a new! It offer really nicely designed interior and very high quality finish, you can easily notice the improvement from the previous generation. Unfortunately, the exterior did not satisfy me! When you compare with other cars, new Fiat Panda looks a bit calm and relaxed. New Fiat Panda shares some design bits from the Fiat 500 and gives some clues for the new Fiat cars. Similar to its competitors, new Fiat Panda have lots of room inside, there is no doubt about this.
Unlike other cars, new Fiat Panda offers something totally different than the others! New Fiat Panda is available with 0.9-lt two-cylinder turbo petrol engine and you will be exempted from London Congestion charge! This laptop sized engine produces 85 PS of power and it is the most powerful one in the range. The other available engines are 1.2-lt petrol engine with 69 PS and 1.3-lt diesel engine with 75 PS. Moreover, new Fiat Panda offers dualogic five-speed automated manual gearbox. It is not like an automatic gearbox but work perfectly with the car. However, you need to choose the 0.9-lt engine to have the automatic. That’s the down side! If you are into financial concerns, this car would really satisfy you but don’t except excitement from the exterior design.
For more information about new Fiat Panda, please visit their official website. (It starts to talk when you open the web site, keep in mind!)
For me, if Volkswagen UP offer five-door and DSG automatic gearbox I will go for it; if Kia Picanto offers a better automatic gearbox I would definitely consider it as well. If new Fiat Panda was looking better and I was desperate for space, I would go for it. I think I should still stick to Fiat 500!