The Kia Picanto | Part Four

According to internal tests, the Picanto 1.0L can achieve up to 56.5 mpg, go from 0-100 km/h in 15.8 seconds and will reach a maximum speed of 152 km/h where traffic regulations allow.

A 1.1 litre diesel version of the Picanto is planned for release in 2005. Projected figures indicate that the engine will provide 70 ps and will keep CO2 emissions down to 116 g/km.

Transmission

The five speed manual gearbox is fitted with a hydraulic clutch for smooth, effortless shifting and optimum gear ratios that suit a wide range of driving conditions.

Braking

The Picanto’s braking system features 241 mm ventilated discs on the front wheels to prevent heat build-up and deliver sure and stable braking performance. The brake system will bring the Picanto to a dead stop in only 41 metres from 62 mph.

The Picanto’s standard ABS system allows the driver to apply maximum brake force to all four wheels without locking them out and thus to maintain full control of the car even when the brake pedal is fully depressed.

The ABS system incorporates an electronic brake force distributor (EBD), helping to distribute braking force evenly among all four wheels by regulating the number of pumps required to prevent skidding. The system is also able to adapt to wheel grip conditions, adding a further degree of control and reducing pad heating.

The Picanto’s impressive interior space and fuel economy is aided significantly by the inclusion of an instant mobility system (IMS) that obviates the need for a spare wheel and saves around 20 kg in weight.

The IMS allows the driver to repair a flat in less than 10 minutes without jacking up the car, compared to about 30 minutes to replace a wheel. This means the driver spends less time in the potential danger zone at the side of the road.

Driver and passenger airbags are installed as standard, protecting the driver from injury in the event of a frontal collision. Side and passenger airbags are also available.

Three-point seatbelts are fitted to front and rear seats, including the rear centre seat in the five-seat version. Front seatbelts are height adjustable for greater security and a more comfortable fit and have pretensioners and load limiters to tighten the seat belt in the event of a collision. To meet regulations relating to the fitting of child safety seats, an ISOFIX anchor point is fitted in European models.

Kia has a reputation for packing a lot of car into a value price range, and the Picanto takes that reputation a stage further.

Published 18 September 2003 Melanie Carter
 

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