The Kia Picanto

Engines and Transmissions

The 1.1-litre engine generates 64 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 97 Nm of torque at 2,800 rpm, making the Picanto one of the most powerful cars in its class. A combined fuel consumption of 57.6 mpg, and a 35-litre fuel tank, makes the Picanto capable of travelling up to 440 miles between fuel stops.

The 1.0-litre engine, which is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, produces 60 bhp at 5,600 rpm and 86 Nm of torque at 2,900 rpm achieving a top speed of 93 mph.

Peace of mind

Unusually for this class of vehicle, Picanto comes with front and rear disc brakes as standard – backed up by state-of-the-art ABS anti-lock and load-sensitive EBD (electronic brake force distribution). Confirming the low cost of ownership the Picanto 1.0GS is placed in insurance group 2 while the 1.1LX and 1.1SE are in insurance group 3.

The Picanto benefits from a 3 year unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty with three years European roadside assistance.

Availability and pricing

The Kia Picanto goes on sale on 25 May, the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Kia Motors, initially in 1.1SE form only with the 1.0GS and 1.1LX becoming available approximately a month later.

The 1.0GS is priced at an exceptionally competitive £5,495 with the 1.1LX, likely to be the best seller, at £6,245. The high specification, top-of-the-range 1.1SE is priced at £6,995.

Automatic transmission costs an additional £750 and is available on the 1.1LX.


Published : 14/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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