Kia Picanto Road Test (2005)

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Kia Picanto Review

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Kia Motors brand slogan is 'the power to surprise' and we certainly were surprised and impressed with the Picanto.

Build Quality

Very good, there is little to fault, yes we could pick faults and issues but we would only be looking to fill this space. Overall we were very impressed with the Picanto and would have no hesitation in recommending this car.

Value For Money

We have awarded the Kia Picanto 5 stars for value for money as it is outstanding. It sets the benchmark that other manufacturers have to follow. It is a shame that it lacks side airbags and 5 year warranty, but I can forgive those points for an on the road price starting at £ 5,495. The model we tested the 1.1 SE is priced at £7,295. You can have an automatic option on the 1.1 LX for £800 more than the manual version. Running costs are minimal service intervals are 10,000 or 1 year and insurance groups are low.

Conclusion

Kia has moved significantly forward with the Picanto, and will have rattled a few manufacturers’ cages. It is a car that is up there with the best, but it is cheaper than most of its peers. We have noticed an increasing number of driving schools using the Picanto which makes sense as it is so easy to drive.

Kia Motors brand slogan is 'the power to surprise' and we certainly were surprised and impressed with the Picanto. If you are looking for a small hatchback you must test drive the Picanto to experience what a good package Kia have put together.

25 April 2005 Melanie Carter
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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

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