In the What Car? Green Awards 2011, the all new Kia Picanto, which was launched in June, has been named Best Supermini.
The Kia Picanto is powered by a three cylinder petrol engine, and boasts NOx emissions 25 times less than its nearest diesel-engined rival in the category.
With sub 100g/km emissions, the Kia Picanto benefits from no road tax and no London Congestion Charge. The magazine commented that the Kia Picanto is "remarkably grown up" and of the fuel economy said "Average fuel economy of 67.3 mpg is also hugely impressive"."the cabin is surprisingly classy for such a cheap car and the driving position isn't the sit-up-and-beg sort that blights budget motors.
"We think the '1 Air' trim makes the most sense. It gets the all-important air-conditioning, electric front windows and Kia’s famous seven-year warranty, but crucially doesn't push the price into the territory of full-size superminis,” What Car? concluded.
President of Kia Motors UK, Mr Soo Huh, said: "We are honoured that What Car? has recognised the enormous effort that has gone into making Picanto one of the cleanest superminis on the market. We are delighted that its package of economy, environmental-friendliness and sophistication in a value package is already appealing to huge numbers of British motorists."
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