Kia Picanto• Three-door starts from £7,795
• Available Sepember 1
• New high-spec trim levels: Halo and Equinox

The new Kia Picanto will be available to buy as a three-door for the first time in September. It will go head-to-head with the Ford Ka, Fiat 500, MINI Hatch and Hyundai i10.

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Starting from £7,795, the new version has a sportier design and comes with four trim levels called 1, 1 Air, Halo and Equinox. A trip computer and radio/CD player are standard, while the 1 Air gets air-con.

Trim levels 1 and 1 Air are available with Kia’s 1-litre, 68bhp engine, making them tax-free – with emissions of 99g/km of CO2 – and capable of 67.3mpg.

The Halo and Equinox models start from £11,695 and are fitted with an 89bhp 1.25-litre engine. The Halo is available as a manual EcoDynamics model (100g/km of CO2, costing £0 to tax and 65.7mpg) or as an automatic (125g/km costing £95 annually to tax and 53.3mpg). The Equinox is manual and emits 109g/km of CO2, costing £20 to tax and manages 60.1mpg.

The Picanto Halo and Equinox have USB and AUX ports, an iPod cable and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The Equinox also gets six speakers – two more than the rest of the range. They also feature Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, auto lights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, body-coloured trim and a red front grille.

The Halo version stands out with 14-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, reverse parking sensors, alloy pedals, an enhanced electronic instrument binnacle and a white dashboard.

Equinox trim Picanto’s get red upholstery and a glossy black dashboard and gearknob, with 15-inch alloy wheels, auto air-con and a smart key with a start and stop button.

Every Kia Picanto is sold with a seven year or 100,000 mile warranty, which is transferable to the next owner.

By Andy Goodwin, senior web journalist