Australia is one of the world’s more heavily urbanised populations, so it’s incongruous that this nation of city slickers ignores cars with the smallest footprints. Yet we do.
Well, not entirely. The Kia Picanto has rightly been credited with revitalising the so-called ‘micro car’ segment, as its 69 per cent market share shows. The company has just expanded the range by adding the chunkier, slightly raised Picanto X-Line derivative, in kitschy ‘AO Edition’ (Australian Open, reflecting its tennis sponsorship) guise.
This pocket-sized offering lines up neatly against a car marketed somewhat absurdly as a miniaturised SUV, the Suzuki Ignis – a car that would look more at home in Tokyo than Tamarama, Toorak or Taringa.
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