Kia Picanto Review (2005)

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Kia Picanto Review

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The Kia Picanto went on sale in the UK on the 25th May 2004, the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Kia Motors.

The Kia Picanto went on sale in the UK on the 25th May 2004, the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Kia Motors.

Kia Motors Corporation, is among the world's fastest growing car companies. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to be a 'Top 5' global automaker by 2010. Kia's 15 manufacturing and assembly operations in 12 countries make more than one million vehicles each year. These vehicles are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 190 countries.

Kia have moved on since the introduction of Kia Pride and with the introduction of the Picanto, Kia aim to meet the needs of a new and younger customer base.

The Picanto is available as a four or five seater with a choice of two petrol engines. The initial three model line-up includes the 1.0 litre GS 5-Seater, 1.1 litre LX 5-Seater and 1.1 litre SE 4-Seater. A 1.1 litre diesel engine will be introduced in 2005. Prices range from £5,495 for the 1.0 GS to £7,295 for the 1.1 SE.

We tested the 1.1 SE to find out if the Picanto really is 'the thinking persons small car'.

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Kia Picanto Road Test Data
Model ReviewedKia Picanto 1.1 SE
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourOrange Mica
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph15.1 Seconds
Top Speed 96 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban46.3 mpg
Extra Urban65.7 mpg
Combined57.6 mpg
  
Insurance Group3
Euro NCAP Rating3
Warranty3-Year unlimited mileage manufacturer warranty
3-Year roadside assistance package covering the UK and mainland Europe
6-Year anti-perforation warranty
Price (when tested on the 25/04/05)£7,295.00 OTR
Test car £7,590.00 includes metallic paint £295.00 option

The information contained within this Kia Picanto review may have changed since publication on the 25 April 2005. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Kia dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2017