Kia Picanto

 kia picanto

PICANTO HATCHBACK - 1.25 2 5dr



MANUFACTURER PRICE

£10930

BEST PRICE

£9,400 

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Kia's Picanto has earned a reputation as a no frills city scoot but this improved version of the third generation model feels a far better finished item. Jonathan Crouch reports.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.25 2 5dr
PETROL
£9,399.80
PICANTO HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITION
1.0 Wave 5dr
PETROL
£9,675.00
PICANTO HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITION
1.0 Titanium Edition 5dr
PETROL
£9,915.80
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.25 2 5dr Auto
PETROL
£9,941.60
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.25 GT-line 5dr
PETROL
£10,470.50
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.25 X-Line 5dr
PETROL
£10,470.50
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.25 3 5dr
PETROL
£10,603.80
PICANTO HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITION
1.25 Titanium Edition 5dr Auto
PETROL
£10,887.60
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.0T GDi GT-line 5dr
PETROL
£10,900.50
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto
PETROL
£11,012.30
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.25 3 5dr Auto
PETROL
£11,145.60
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.25 X-Line S 5dr
PETROL
£11,674.50
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.25 GT-line S 5dr
PETROL
£11,674.50
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.0T GDi GT-line S 5dr
PETROL
£12,104.50
PICANTO HATCHBACK
1.25 X-Line S 5dr Auto
PETROL
£12,216.30

Ten Second Review

In third generation form, Kia's Picanto is a little citycar that's big in importance for its Korean maker. This improved version is stylish, frugal and practical, it may just redefine the way many people think about this smallest category of car.

Background

Here's how we used to understand small car categorisation and the difference between Fiesta-sized superminis and their smaller, cheaper citycar counterparts. You paid extra for a supermini because it was slightly bigger, because it was better finished and more stylish and because it had more refined engines that made possible longer journeys. So where does that kind of thinking leave us with a product like this, the improved version of the third generation Kia Picanto? It competes with the kinds of models we'd see as citycars, yet like many of them now, it boasts the kind of interior space a supposedly bigger Fiesta or a Corsa had until quite recently. It's very nicely built and acceptably stylish. And yes, it's quite at home attempting longer journeys. Here is the citycar, all grown-up. Where that leaves today's supermini sector is something we don't have to worry about here. Suffice it to say that most of what you'd pay up to £18,000 or more for in that class of car is delivered by this Kia. Other urban runabouts that have previously advanced that argument have either been expensive and/or three-door only, like say a Fiat 500, or have felt too cheap and noisy to really justify themselves as only-car transport, like a Suzuki Ignis or, I suppose, a Hyundai i10. I mention the Hyundai because that essentially is what this Picanto is underneath. Kia has used the underpinnings from this best-selling design, then refined them, improved the build quality and added a sharp new suit of clothes on top. On paper, a pretty effective route to creating a class-leading contender. Let's see if it's worked.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
Noise Level dB(A)
78
Noise Level dB(A)
71
CO
0.322
CO
0.348
CO
0.439
HC
0.033
HC
0.03
HC
0.027
HC
0.028
NOx
0.007
NOx
0.013
NOx
0.019
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
129
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
128
CO2 (g/km)
106
CO2 (g/km)
119
CO2 (g/km)
114
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
SOHC
Fuel Delivery
MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
5 SPEED
CC
1248
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
47.9
EC Urban (mpg)
44.8
EC Urban (mpg)
48.7
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
74.3
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
61.4
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
64.2
EC Combined (mpg)
61.4
EC Combined (mpg)
54.3
EC Combined (mpg)
56.5
WLTP - MPG - Low
39.8
WLTP - MPG - Low
42.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium
53.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium
51.4
WLTP - MPG - High
57.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
47.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
47.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb
49.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb
50.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
5.6
General
Generation Mark
2
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
8E
Service Interval Mileage
10000
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
79
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
64
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
54
NCAP Safety Assist %
25
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
4
Badge Power
83
Badge Engine CC
1.25
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
7
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
100000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
6
Coin Series
2
Performance
Engine Power - KW
62
Engine Power - RPM
6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
90
Engine Torque - NM
122
Engine Torque - RPM
4000
0 to 62 mph (secs)
11.6
0 to 62 mph (secs)
13.8
Top Speed
107
Engine Power - BHP
83
Engine Power - PS
False
0 to 60 mph (secs)
True
Engine Torque - MKG
12.4
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Tyre Size Rear
175/65 R14
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
14" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
175/65 R14
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase
2400
Height
1485
Length
3595
Width
1595
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
939
Minimum Kerbweight
939
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
35
Gross Vehicle Weight
1400
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
255
No. of Seats
5
Max. Loading Weight
461
Max. Loading Weight
461
Max. Roof Load
60
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1010
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Driving Experience

Kia hasn't added its latest mild hybrid tech into the Picanto's engine range, but it has introduced its latest 'Smartstream' technology to improve efficiency. There's now a choice of two 1.0-litre three cylinder units (the previous 1.25-litre 83bhp powerplant having been deleted). Nearly all Picantos will be ordered with a normally aspirated 66bhp engine. At the top of the range, you can also order the brand's 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) 99bhp powerplant borrowed from the larger Rio supermini. Both engines are paired with a five-speed manual transmission, delivering power to the front wheels. As an option with the 66bhp unit, Kia is offering a new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) gearbox. The AMT set-up is based around a five-speed manual transmission with clutch and gear shift actuators to automate clutch operation and gear shifts. Basically, there's the ease-of-use of an automatic transmission, without sacrificing the fuel efficiency of a conventional manual gearbox. On the move, pretty much everything is as before. Refinement continues to be well controlled for a citycar - indeed Kia says the Picanto offers the quietest cabin of any A-segment model, both at idle and at a steady cruise. The handling's stable too, though obviously, this isn't the kind of car you'd choose for dynamic enjoyment. The Picanto's dinky dimensions also enable the pitch centre of the car to be placed further towards the rear, helping to naturally reduce 'nose dive' under braking without firming up the suspension and potentially compromising ride comfort.

Design and Build

This third generation Picanto hasn't been visually changed too much. In fact, it hasn't been changed at all in terms of base-spec variants. The 'GT-Line' and 'X-Line' versions though, do get a few tweaks, with revisions to the 'tiger-nose' front grille, which gets red highlights with 'GT-Line' models and black trim with the 'X-Line' variants. There are also redesigned headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps. And revised bumpers, plus a wider lower air intake. As usual, all Picantos have a 5-door body shape with Kia's wide C-pillar as a design motif. Inside, the main large lies with the addition of a larger 8-inch 'floating' widescreen audio visual navigation display for plusher models. There's also a further 4.2-inch display in the instrument binnacle between the dials. Kia designers have created a more modern, refined cabin with this third generation model, with classier materials and a smarter layout. Depending on trim level and market, the Picanto's interior is offered with black cloth or synthetic leather seats, with the upgraded model finished with a range of fresh upholstery textures for a more contemporary, higher quality look and feel. The cabin is finished with black, silver or gloss black highlights in the door, on the dashboard and around the gear selector. A range of trendy interior colour packs can customise the cabin too. At the back, buyers get a choice of a bench offering either four or five seats. And behind that, there's a 255-litre boot that's almost class-leadingly big for a citycar.
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