The new Kia Picanto has gone on sale priced from £8,345 for the entry level three-door model, the five-door models costing £200 more.
This is not an all-new car but a refreshed model, with a lot of re-styling, re-engineering and specification tweaks.
Power comes from the choice of two petrol engines, either a three-cylinder 1.0-litre unit developing 68bhp/95Nm via a five-speed manual gearbox or the 1.25-litre four-cylinder edition outputting 84bhp/121Nm with the option of either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, depending on model. The engines will become Euro6 compliant from autumn 2015 production.
The 1.0-litre engine records a combined fuel figure of 67.3 mpg with emissions of 99 g/km although if you opt for the ISG stop/start models this improves to 68.9mpg and 95g/km of CO2. The top speed is a respectable 95 mph with 0-60 taking 13.9 seconds.
The 1.25-litre four-cylinder version with the five-speed manual gearbox and standard ISG has fuel economy and emissions of 65.7mpg (2 grade) or 62.8mph (grades 3 and 4) with respective CO2 emissions of 100 and 106g/km, while with the four-speed automatic gearbox the figures are 53.3mpg and 125g/km (Picanto 2) or 50.4mpg and 130g/km (Picanto 3). The 0-60mph times are 11.0 seconds for manual versions and 12.9 seconds for automatics, while the respective top speeds are 106 and 101mph.
The five-door model is available in six trims levels, ‘1’, ‘1 Air’, ‘SR7’, ‘2’, ‘3’ and the top of the range ‘4’, where the three-door comes in two trims, either the ‘1’ or ‘SR7’ edition.
Standard equipment on the Picanto 1 – and the five-door Picanto 1 Air (air conditioning), a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt-adjustable steering column and Motor-Driven Power Steering. In-car entertainment is provided by a standard RDS radio and CD player with MP3 compatibility and four speakers. There are front electric front windows, remote central locking, all-round height-adjustable head restraints, tinted glass, headlight levelling and 60:40 split folding rear seats.
Safety equipment across the range comprises ABS brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and six airbags.
Grades 1 and 1 Air also have body-coloured exterior door handles and mirrors, front electric windows, remote central locking with a fold-away key, all-round height-adjustable head restraints, tinted glass, headlight levelling and 60:40 split folding rear seats, and there is a comprehensive safety specification which offers buyers of every version the same protection.
The Kia Picanto ‘SR7’ comes with the 1.0-litre engine and offers 14” alloy wheels, chrome exterior door handles, locking wheel nuts and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. There is privacy glass from the rear windows back to the tailgate. Other luxuries include, ‘welcome’ and ‘follow-me-home’ lights and automatic headlight control. Air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, electric front windows with an automatic up/down function on the driver’s side, and two front seat-back pockets, Bluetooth with music streaming, USB and Aux ports, reversing sensors and speed-sensing automatic door locking.
The Picanto ‘2’ comes with 14-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning (manual models only), front fog lights (manual models only), Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition and full iPod control with USB & AUX ports, all-round electric windows and heated electrically operated folding door mirrors with integrated LED side repeaters.
The Picanto ‘3’ adds 15-inch alloy wheels, projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps, a premium supervision cluster, heated front seats, a driver’s-side vanity mirror with Hollywood-style LED illumination, a six-speaker audio system and remote audio controls on the steering wheel.
The top of the range Picanto ‘4’ adds an electric tilting and sliding sunroof, a smart key with engine start/stop button, a heated steering wheel, UV solar windscreen glass and cruise control with a speed limiter.Published 14 April 2015